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Monday, March 22, 2010

The Limerick Summary: 2010 Transitions Championship

Winner: Jim Furyk

Around the wider world of golf... Rhys Davies won the Trophée Hassan II in Morocco, winning his first European Tour title. Tiger Woods made his first unscripted interviews since his life turned into tabloid fodder. And you can pop over to Mostly Harmless and get an update on all the action on the women's tours around the world; just click here.

Despite some heavy rain, the Transitions Championship finished on Sunday... and Jim Furyk broke a streak of "also-ran" finishes that dated back to mid-2007. (If you don't count the 2009 Chevron World Challenge last December, that is; that wasn't an official win.) Both K.J. Choi -- who also hasn't won on Tour since early-2008 (again, the 2008 LG Skins Game in November that year wasn't an official win) -- and Bubba Watson, as yet winless, both made some serious runs at him before falling just short. (This was Bubba's best finish since his T2 at the Hope, though. He's got to be pleased with that!)

The fact is, Jim hasn't played badly through this period; he's had something like ten Top-10s since his last win. But he broke his favorite driver and needed nearly a year to find a new one he liked -- I heard that he used four different drivers in one tournament while he was searching -- and he's been struggling with his putting. One interesting aspect of that battle that NBC focused on Sunday was that Jim's putter grip installed upside-down, after his father suggested that it might work better for him. Jim said he didn't know why it felt so good, but suspected it might have something to do with his left-hand-low putting style. Johnny Miller remarked that, come Monday, golf shops all over the country would be inundated with people wanting a similar setup... and he's probably right.

About that grip: I think there might indeed be a reason that the funky grip setup helped Jim; I'll talk about that in tomorrow's post.

Now, for today's limerick:
Jim Furyk, the master tactician,
Now hopes this win fuels a transition
From left-off-the-tee doubts
And left-hand-low lip-outs
To Major Champ, second edition.

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