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Monday, July 16, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 John Deere Classic

Winner: Zach Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Roger Chapman double-dipped on the Champions Tour, getting his 2nd win of the year at the U.S. Senior Open; Jeev Milkha Singh took the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in a playoff on the European Tour; Jay Bayron won the Bii Maybank ADT Challenge on the Asian Tour; Caroline Masson won the LET's South African Women’s Open; Doug LaBelle II won the Utah Championship on the Tour; and Chie Arimura won the weather-shortened Stanley Ladies on the JLPGA. (The Constructivist has details.)

Zach poses after another good shot

Perhaps it's true -- maybe nothing runs like a Deere. But it looked like these deer got caught in headlights! The bright glare of that gleaming John Deere Classic trophy seems to have stopped all the contenders right in their tracks.

Steve Stricker came up short in his Deere hunting expedition. Uncharacteristic bogeys at 14, 15 and 17 -- normally the stretch where he mows down his competition -- left him pushing his tractor back to the garage.

Likewise, John Senden got himself into position but bogeys on 16 and 17 turned his hopes down under. (Note to self: Never play golf with the tiller attachment engaged. Deal with the rough after the tournament.)

And then there was the guy leading when the day started, Troy Matteson. A double on 15 nearly ended his hopes, only to have a looooong distance eagle on 17 put him in a playoff. (I guess that's the equivalent of a deer running across the road without getting hit by a car.)

Only Zach Johnson ploughed his furrow straight, posting 6 birdies and no bogeys to force Matteson into a playoff. And then both men double-bogeyed the first playoff hole. But Zach made an incredible 2nd shot from the bunker on the 2nd playoff hole, leaving him a tap-in for birdie and a win at the "hometown" tournament he's called his 5th major.

Don't cry too much for Matteson, however. He'll have plenty of time to gather himself on the plane over to Royal Lytham & St. Annes after qualifying for the Open!

This adds Zach to the growing list of two-time winners this year and should have him warmed up for the Open next week -- and given the weather forecast, he'll need all the warmth he can get!

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the man from Cedar Rapids, Iowa... who, ironically, probably has very little use for the Deere tractor given to winners since he now lives at St. Simons Island, Georgia:
They say nothing runs like a Deere
But in headlights, the deer stops right here!
Not so with Zach Johnson—
Since Steve from Wisconsin
Could not win four, Zach won his first year!
The photo came from the tournament page at

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