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Monday, July 1, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 AT&T National

Winner: Bill Haas

Around the wider world of golf: Kenny Perry won his first ever major at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship on the Champions Tour; Paul Casey won the Irish Open on the ET; Huei-Ju Shih won the Taiwan LPGA Technology Cup on the LAGT; Inbee Park won the US Women's Open on the LPGA, making her 3 out of 3 for majors in 2013 (the Florida Masochist has details); Jacques Blaauw won the Vodacom Origins of Golf on the Sunshine Tour; and Natsuka Hori won the Earth Mondamin Cup on the JLPGA. (The Constructivist has details on that one.) Meanwhile, the Tour's United Leasing Championship isn't over yet; there's a 4-player playoff today -- the first Monday playoff in 7 years. (UPDATE: Ben Martin won the playoff.)

Bill holding the Capital Building

Even though he won Sunday, I actually feel kind of sorry for Bill Haas. He joined Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose as the only players to win at least one tournament each of the last four years. That's pretty heady company. And he won on a former US Open course that some say was only one cut of rough away from being an Open setup this week.

But he did it on a weekend that literally dripped history... and not just because the Fourth of July comes later this week.

The biggest news was Inbee Park winning 3 majors in a row at the US Women's Open. Only 3 women have won 3 majors in a single year, and only one of them -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias -- won the first 3 majors of the year. (Granted, back in 1950 there were only 3 majors total.) GC showed a chart comparing Inbee this year with Tiger in 2000 and their winning stats were almost identical. And in addition, this year Inbee has 6 wins versus Tiger's 5, 3 majors versus his none, and a scoring average of 69.64 versus Tiger's 70.28.

Yeah, Bill had to compete against that... but that wasn't all.

Kenny Perry got his first major -- albeit a senior major -- at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship by shooting 71-63-63-64. I know the course was wet but that's just ridiculous scoring!

Then Paul Casey, who's been struggling to recover from a ski-boarding accident for 2 years and hasn't won since January 2011, goes crazy and wins the Irish Open from 4 shots back.

And as if that wasn't enough, the Tour will have a Monday playoff for the first time since 2006... and it has a record 4 players involved.

So poor Bill will probably slip right under the radar when golf fans talk about this weekend's golf. That's life.

Perhaps I can make him feel a little better by composing a Limerick Summary for him. Too bad I can't do it without referencing all the other golf...
‘Twas a day that was littered with history,
So a lot of folks missed out on Haas-tory:
Four straight years with a win.
But as good as Bill’s been,
Why he hasn’t won more is a mystery.
The photo came from the PGA Tour's tournament page.

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