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Monday, July 20, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 Memorial

Winner: Jon Rahm

Around the wider world of golf: Davis Riley won the TPC San Antonio Championship at the Oaks on the Korn Ferry Tour; Joël Stalter won the Euram Bank Open on the ET; and Soo Min Lee won the inaugural KPGA Open on the KPGA.

Jon Rahm with Memorial trophy

Well! So much for my Twofer Tuesday picks. I had Justin Thomas (T18) and Bryson DeChambeau (MC). I didn't see either player coming up this short. I'll blame it on Jack letting the course all but die before ripping it out for a refurb -- after all, the grounds crew started ripping up the old sod before the players even finished the round!
  • Top10s: 15 for 32 (6 Top5, 9 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 1 for 16 events
Unlike my picks, Jon Rahm clearly adapted to the tougher conditions better than anybody else. He posted three rounds in the 60s this week VS one round last week. And while his 75 was the highest final round for a winner this season, it was still nearly a shot under the field average.

The only real blemish on his round came from a ball that moved during that amazing birdie chip on 16, a movement that Jon didn't see. But the two-shot penalty given to him by the Tour didn't really matter since it still left him three shots ahead of Ryan Palmer, his playing partner and closest competition.

No, what we'll carry away from this is the history he made. Jon Rahm will become World Number One after this win. He is one of the youngest players ever to become Number One, and he's only the second Spaniard (after Seve)  -- but Seve took four more years to reach that goal. And Seve never won the Memorial, either.

Oh yeah, and Jon picks up yet another Limerick Summary. Don't want to forget the important stuff, do we?
No player from Spain ever won
Jack’s tourney… ‘til Jon got it done!
Muirfield Village played tough
(Not to mention the rough)
But now he’s the World Number One.
The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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