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Monday, January 20, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 American Express

Winner: Andrew Landry

Around the wider world of golf: Tommy Gainey won the Bahamas Great Exuma Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour; Lee Westwood got his 25th ET victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship; Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour; Matt Kuchar won the SMBC Singapore Open on the Japan Golf Tour; and Abel Gallegos became the first Argentinian champion of the Latin America Amateur. And while John Smoltz defended his celebrity title at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, the LPGA's playoff between Gaby Lopez and Nasa Hataoka is yet to be determined and will continue Monday morning at 8am ET on GC. [UPDATE: Gaby won on the seventh playoff hole.]


Andrew Landry with AmEx trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks struggled again this week. I had Rickie Fowler (T10) and Kevin Kisner (MC). Rickie got me excited after two rounds but lost his putter over the weekend, and Kevin left his whole game back in Hawaii. But at least I got one out of the two right. (Thanks, Rickie!)
  • Top10s: 3 for 6 (1 Top5, 2 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 3 events
It's been a couple of years since Andrew Landry got his first Tour win. Two years ago he forced a playoff with Jon Rahm at this event but lost, then got his first win later that year at the Valero. He's been pretty quiet since then.

Sunday he came out of the gate like a madman, going six-under and bogey-free for the first 12 holes, racing away from his nearest competitor, Scottie Scheffler. But Abraham Ancer, who started the day farther back, matched his pace although it looked as if he would merely grab second.

Then Andrew stumbled. Bogeys on 13, 14 and 15 plus a par on the scoreable par-5 16th, coupled with Ancer's continued bogey-free charge, left him tied for the lead with only two holes to play. But Andrew stepped up big, posting birdies on both 17 and 18 while Ancer could manage only a single birdie on those two holes.

Andrew almost made the win look easy.

Now that he's back in the winner's circle -- with all the bonuses and bling appropriate for a winner -- it looks as if he could be in line for another great year. And just to make sure he remembers it, I've got this memorable new Limerick Summary to help!
Starting Sunday, he outraced the pack;
At the turn, he gave all his lead back!
Though it took him a while
Andrew won it in style
And this win put his game back on track.
The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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