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Monday, November 23, 2009

The Limerick Summary: 2009 Dubai World Championship

Winner: Lee Westwood

All the talk this year has been about the young guns, of whom Rory McIlroy seems to be the "alpha male." Well, the alpha male slipped up this weekend.

Don't get me wrong. I really do like Rory McIlroy. He's an extremely talented player, and he seems to have his head screwed on straight. But I'm tired of this mindset that says it's a young man's game and, once one of them plays well, it's just a matter of time before Tiger is trembling in his billion dollar shoes. No matter how well the older guys play, it seems that nobody wants to admit they still have a chance.

So it did my heart good to see Lee Westwood win both the tournament and the season-long Race to Dubai. After falling nearly 200 places from his heyday early in the decade, he's finally worked his way back to the top and, best of all, finally seems to believe he belongs there. That's good news, not just for European golf, but for American golf as well. Westwood had some legit chances at the majors this year, and now he's got to be part of the discussion in 2010. Way to go, Lee!

All that is to say... I hope you Rory McIlroy fans will forgive me if this limerick has a bit of a chip on its shoulder...
“In the Race to Dubai,” said the purist,
“Rory McIlroy’s win is the surest!”
But the Westwood resurgence
Squelched Rory’s emergence;
The first-class flight ended up tourist.

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