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Monday, January 11, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 SBS Championship

Winner: Geoff Ogilvy

Early on Sunday, Charl Schwartzel won the 2010 Africa Open. The defending champion, Retief Goosen, wasn't there because he was on Maui at the SBS Championship. He made a good run at it, finishing T6... but it wasn't good enough.

Lucas Glover (now the notorious "G. Lover," courtesy of David Letterman) had the lead every single day this week, but stumbled Sunday. Rory Sabbatini blitzed the course with a 10-under 63 (par at the Plantation Course is 73), falling just short as Geoff Ogilvy beat him by a stroke and successfully defended his title. For those of you who didn't hear, Geoff has now gotten 6 of his 7 PGA wins during the first 3 months of the year. (The 2006 U.S. Open is the lone exception.)

By the way, Geoff and his wife are expecting their 3rd child in about a month. Money for diapers was sorely needed!

As for my picks for the week (Steve Stricker, Nick Watney, and Sean O'Hair), I got two things right: O'Hair got a T4, and my offhanded remark that Stricker might be rusty turned out to be correct. And with that, I'll cease the "hot air" and unveil the first official summary of the year:
While we on the mainland were freezin’,
On Maui, “G. Lover” was breezin’.
But then he got dusted
As kona winds gusted;
He blew it. Geoff wins first this season!


  1. You picked a guy from WISCONSIN the first week out ? Hmmm. Aussies and South Africans definitely have an advantage in this tournament. They've been home playing in their summer weather.

    Goosen finished T6 and took home $208,333.00. He would've had to win the Africa Open to make more. Schwartzel took home about $230, 268.80 (depending on the exchange rate). Pretty good work if you can get it, eh ?

  2. Really nice work, I think. Plus, the world ranking points would be higher at Maui... another nice bonus.

    I know Stricker sounds like a strange pick, but his game is so simple and so sound that I didn't think a month off would hurt him that much. He only shot par the first day, which put him in the hole early; had he merely tied his second-worst round, a 70, he would have finished T3. But he improved each day after the first, shooting 7-under yesterday (one of the best rounds of the tournament) and finishing T10. One round out of a top 3 - I don't think that's too bad a choice. But you're definitely right; and Rory had been there since the middle of December, practicing.

    But I admit Geoff surprised me. After being "flat" so much of last year, I didn't expect him to regain his game so quickly.

  3. I know what you mean. Guess there's something to be said for returning to a course with lots of good memories to get some momentum flowing. He's a terrific guy. I got to talk with him for a few minutes on the range at East Lake a few years ago.

  4. What do #1 and T27 have in common ? Since you brought it up...Heath Slocum will be a father for the second time in the next few weeks.

  5. I didn't know. If you're reading this, Heath, congrats!

    Of course, in keeping with the spirit of broadcasting, Heath got virtually no attention since he was bringing up the rear. Still, a week in Paradise, warm, no cut... a nice way to prepare for a new mouth to feed.