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Monday, June 27, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 Travelers Championship

Winner: Fredrik Jacobson

Around the wider world of golf: There were so many feelgood stories and records -- where do we start? Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton won the Mexico Open on the Nationwide Tour, almost guaranteeing his PGA Tour card for next year; Yani Tseng tied Cristie Kerr's record score of -19 at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and won her 4th major at the tender age of only 22; Pablo Larrazabal beat Sergio Garcia in a 5-hole playoff at the BMW International Open, but both played their way into the Open Championship and Sergio played his best golf in two years; John Huston won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour; and Stephanie Kim won the Island Resort Championship on the LPGA Futures Tour. WHEW!

Freddie Yac smacks another drive in the fairwaySometimes winning is more trouble than it's worth. Just ask Fredrik Jacobson, aka "Freddie Yac." (In case you didn't know, Freddie is Swedish. His last name is pronounced Yah'-kob-sun.)

See, Fredrik has 3 ET victories -- all in 2002 and 2003 -- and up until Sunday he had no PGA wins. This bugged his kids, especially his 5-year-old daughter Emmie. She decided she wanted Daddy to win a trophy just like all the other players on Tour. And according to Freddie, she asked and asked until he promised to get her one. This year.

So far, so good. It took him 188 tries, but he managed to get her one. Saturday he casually tossed out a 63 to gain a one-stroke lead. Then all he had to do was hold off two more guys throwing 63 at him on Sunday -- Ryan Moore and John Rollins -- and Michael Thompson added his own 62 to the mix. Freddie certainly did his part, hitting every fairway over the weekend, shooting a 66 in the final round, and posting only one bogey for the entire week. But even then he needed a bit of help. Fortunately Rollins started the day just a bit too far back, and Moore bogeyed the final hole; both men came up a single shot short, with Thompson a shot further back.

The things a dad does for his kids...

And in an added surprise, it looks like the win put Freddie into the Open Championship next month. So why do I say winning is more trouble than it's worth?

Actually, Freddie said as much. It seems he has 3 kids. "Alice is 7 and Max is 3. So they're probably going to want one each now, too."

Let's see... 188 starts to get your first PGA trophy...

Good luck, Freddie. This week's Limerick Summary salutes the travails of a Tour dad:
Dear Emmie, your daddy came through;
He won this event just for you.
But victory is fickle;
Now Fred's in a pickle—
Your siblings will each want one, too!
Photo from this article which explains the Open exemption. Quote about the kids from this wrap-up.

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