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Monday, May 23, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 Crowne Plaza Invitational

Winner: David Toms

Around the wider world of golf: First Ian Poulter beat Lee Westwood, then turned the tables on Luke Donald with a 2&1 win at the ET's Volvo World Match Play Championship, which left Donald a few tantalizing hundredths of a point short of the OWGR #1 position; I think Harukyo Nomura managed to win the JLPGA's Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open (I'm not so good reading Japanese); Diana Luna won the UniCredit Ladies German Open on the LET; Garth Mulroy beat Sunghoon Kang in a one-hole playoff at the Nationwide's BMW Charity Pro-Am; and Suzann Pettersen broke her long winless drought by beating Cristie Kerr 1up at the LPGA'a Sybase Match Play.

David Toms and son at Colonial

Never underestimate the power of family.

We all heard the stories -- David's shoulder had been sore because he'd quite literally thrown himself into his son Carter's desire to play baseball, then saw his game improve when Carter decided he liked golf better and the two began playing together a lot, and how David wanted his son to see what Dad is capable of on the course. Last week at The Players, no one struggled more with David's loss than Carter, and all the talk was about "teachable moments" and how Carter would learn so much from his dad's classy behavior.

But it appeared Carter's lessons weren't over. After everyone worried that Toms couldn't come back from such a tragic loss -- in fact, David referred to the vast number of calls and emails he got that simply asked if he was ok -- what did he do but post back-to-back 62s for his best tournament start ever. At -16 and seven shots ahead of the field, his victory was a foregone conclusion...

Until Saturday's 74 left him a single stroke behind Charlie Wi's lead, that is. The talk about "teachable moments" and how cruel the game is once again dominated the media.

But David Toms has a lot in common with Ben Hogan, whom the Scots nicknamed "the Wee Ice Man" (one biography simply called him "the Wee Man") and who won the first tournament at Colonial... then won it four more times. Although Toms trailed Wi by as many as three strokes early on, he proved he had some balls that weren't in his golf bag. He posted a 69, highlighted by an eagle from the fairway on #11.

In the end he won by posting -15, a single shot behind his 36-hole score. And the first person out to greet him was his son Carter. Last week David said Carter was more enamored with Ricky Fowler than with his dad, but I'm not so sure that's true anymore.

And now everybody's talking about the old man's chances at the U.S. Open if he keeps playing like this. Yep, it's good to be the king -- he is the one with the Crowne, isn't he? -- and this week's Limerick Summary pays tribute to the new kid on the block... or at least, his dad:
Having won at the home of "the Wee Man,"
David's game is now stylish as Nieman
Marcus, maybe Dior.
'Cause his star soars once more
And his son Carter feels like he's dreamin'.
Photo courtesy of NBCsports.

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