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Monday, May 7, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 Wells Fargo Championship

Winner: Rickie Fowler

Around the wider world of golf: Fred Funk returned to the winner's circle at the Insperity Championship on the Champions Tour; Francesco Molinari notched another ET win at the Reale Seguros Open de España (bravo, Francesco!); Carly Booth won the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open on the LET; Pornanong Phatlum won the LPGA Brasil Cup; Hudson Swafford won the Stadion Classic at UGA on the Nationwide Tour; and Sun-Ju Ahn won the Salonpas Cup on the JLPGA. (The Constructivist has the lowdown on that one.)

Rickie Fowler finally broke through

This week Captain Jack Sparrow made his debut as a winner on the PG-- oh wait, that was Rickie Fowler, wasn't it?

Well, I had to make a joke and it was either that or borrow Nick Faldo's "that orange was freshly squeezed today" line. And given the swashbuckling nature of Fowler's first PGA Tour win, I knew which one I wanted to use.

But the Wells Fargo Championship was certainly awash with color. Of course there was Rickie's trademark orange Sunday outfit.

You can't escape the Carolina Blue comments when you're in North Carolina. Although the university color actually refers to UNC-Chapel Hill and not UNC-Charlotte, commentators rarely seem to notice. Carolina blue skies are something we're all proud of here though, so we rarely complain much.

And then there's the notorious Green Mile. I guess everybody knows the name comes from a Stephen King novel (and subsequent movie) about a Death Row inmate, although I find it ironic. The inmate had magical healing powers. I've seen very little that I'd call "healing" about Quail Hollow's Green Mile. Players appear more rather than less damaged after 4 rounds.

Unless you're Rickie Fowler, that is. Not that Rory McIlroy seems particularly bothered by the course -- he's won there before, you know -- and even D.A. Points seemed to have made peace with it this year. But only Rickie seemed to grow stronger with each step Sunday, and his birdie on the 18th in the playoff certainly drove the dagger solidly into his challengers' hearts.

Man, there was another Jack Sparrow reference. I just can't seem to shake the pirate analogies, so I suppose I should also note that Sparrow is notorious for avoiding Death Row. And that Rickie hauled off all the loot.

But in the end, the most vivid color may not be silver (the trophy) or gold (the cash) but the pure white-hot competition that seems to be kindling between Rickie and Rory. Rickie's two pro wins have both come against Rory, and most of Rory's wins have come with Rickie in the field. And the two truly seem to enjoy their opportunities to square off against each other.

All that remains is for Rickie to go to Disneyworld. Isn't that what all winners -- especially those who look like Captain Jack Sparrow -- do to celebrate?

In the meantime, this week's Limerick Summary celebrates the colors of Rickie's first PGA Tour victory. I was rooting for him, weren't you?
The trip down the Green Mile's no quickie;
Predicaments there can be sticky.
The champ's black and blue
Once he pulls off this coup—
But orange you glad it was Rickie?
The photo came from the official site for the event.


  1. How in the world did Rory hit that 3 wood 340 yards?


  2. If you believe Nick Faldo, it's because he has about twice as much hip turn as the other players. (That would also create more shoulder turn.) A longer swing = more clubhead speed.

    One thing's for sure: There is NO wasted motion in that swing of his. If you look up the word "smooth" in the dictionary, I bet there's a picture of Rory's swing!