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Monday, December 9, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 Hero World Challenge

Winner: Henrik Stenson

Around the wider world of golf: Jason and Bernhard Langer picked up their second PNC Father/Son Challenge victory; Matt Jones won his second Emirates Australian Open on the Australasian Tour; Rasmus Højgaard won the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on the ET; Ryo Ishikawa won the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup on the Japan Golf Tour; and Esther Henseleit won the inaugural Magical Kenya Ladies Open on the LET.

Henrik Stenson with his very own Tiger

Finally! My Twofer Tuesday picks stepped up. I had Jon Rahm (2) to win and Tiger Woods (4) to Top10. Tiger knocked the rust off just like I hoped and Jon... well, it don't get much closer than losing by one!
  • Winners: 3 for 49
  • Place well (Top10): 21 for 49 (13 Top5s, 8 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 39 of 98 (24 Top5s, 15 more Top10s)
With all the debate over Tiger's choices to replace injured players in the Presidents Cup, it's pretty clear his exemptions for the Hero turned out pretty well. Chez Reavie came in 13th in his first appearance -- not bad given the tricky conditions at Albany.

And then there was Henrik...

The only player to post four rounds in the 60s walked off with the prize and then some. After all, Henrik had to be a sponsor's invite because he hadn't won this year (since the 2017 Wyndham, in fact) nor was he high enough in the OWGR (40) to make it on his own. And when you consider that the Swede had to replace his beloved 3-wood recently, perhaps the best weapon in his bag, it would seem that he was in no position to beat a field this strong.

Surprise! After playing solidly all week, he nailed a 259-yard 5-wood to 8 inches on the par-5 15th for a tap-in eagle... and the lead. He never looked back after that.

Looks like the Stensons will be having a nice Christmas. Henrik not only got the victory (and associated swag) but also a big bump in the OWGR. Sunday night his new position had already been posted, up from 40 to 26. And he got a new Limerick Summary, just to make it official.
The Swede got an invite from Tiger
‘Cause he lacked the world ranking required
To earn his way in…
But it looks like this win
Has driven his ranking MUCH higher.
The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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