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Monday, December 5, 2011

The Limerick Summary: 2011 UBS Hong Kong Open

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: Tiger Woods finally got off the schneid with a win at the Chevron World Challenge, and Lee Westwood successfully defended his title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. There was also a seniors division at the Nedbank, and Mark Calcavecchia won that.

Rory with the UBS Hong Kong trophy

You're in shock, aren't you? You thought I'd pick the Chevron since it's Tiger's first win in 2 years. HAH! It's not even an official event. It's a win, but it doesn't register on my RGWR until Tiger gets an official win on either the PGA or Euro Tours.

Same goes for the Westwood win at Nedbank. Nice win against a strong field -- and it'ill count now, because Lee already has some official wins -- but it's still an unofficial event.

Not so with Rory's win at the UBS Hong Kong Open. It's more than just official -- it's important. Let me give you a rundown of the reasons why.

I'm sure your first thought concerns the Race to Dubai, and this is certainly a big win where that's concerned. Rory was 3rd and needed to win this week just to have a chance at the title. Now he's in second place, less than €800,000 behind Luke Donald. That doesn't mean he can win without some help from Luke... but he couldn't win at all before.

But even more happened with this win. For example, Rory barely held onto 2nd place in the OWGR over Lee Westwood. This win made that possible.

Like Donald's win at Disney, Rory needed this win. And just like Donald, Rory performed under the pressure. For a kid who's been accused of under-achieving (and who has admitted as much), this was a HUGE accomplishment.

It's the first year that Rory's had 2 official wins -- one on the PGA and one on the ET -- and it's his first 3-win year. (He had that unofficial win at the Shanghai Masters.) This is only Rory's 5th win, folks -- it's a big deal.

According to this page at the ET site, Rory also helped Northern Ireland make history -- 6 wins in a single season. There were 2 by Rory (remember, the US Open counts as an ET win as well), 2 by Darren Clarke, and 2 by Michael Hoey. It's also the first time 3 players from that country won multiple events in one season.

And he's certainly made next week's Dubai World Championship much more interesting.

So here's a Limerick Summary for the newest 3-time winner of 2011. Could he be the newest Race to Dubai winner as well?
It looked like a foregone conclusion;
Luke's dominance was no illusion.
But winning in Hong Kong
Means Rory has prolonged
His shot at a huge cash transfusion!
The photo came from this page at the European Tour site.

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