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Monday, July 8, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Greenbrier Classic

Winner: Jonas Blixt

Around the wider world of golf: Alas, Graeme McDowell continued his bizarre run with a win at the Alstom Open de France on the ET (in his last 8 starts, he has 3 wins and 5 missed cuts); Inhong Lim won the Michigan PGA Women’s Open at Crystal Mountain Resort (that's run by the Michigan PGA Section); Wil Collins won the Dakota Dunes Open on the Canadian PGA Tour; Adilson Da Silva won the Sun City Challenge on the Sunshine Tour; and Young Kim won the Nichi-Iko Ladies on the JLPGA. (The Constructivist has details.)

Blixt in the dark with trophy

Some of you may have heard Jonas Blixt tell GC's Todd Lewis after Saturday's round that he had no idea where his drives were going. He was just hitting and hoping and depending on his short game.

Does this fall under that "beware of the sick golfer" thing? Because he sure seemed to do just fine on Sunday, despite the delay for lightning. Appropriate for a golfer whose name comes from the Swedish word for lightning.

After all, he sure struck often and hard during the last round. (Struck. Ha-ha.) And it's not like it was that easy -- take a good look at that trophy photo, folks. It's DARK.

Johnson Wagner (sans mustache) walked off the 9th green with a two-stroke lead at -14. He came home in 3-over, continuing the Greenbrier's tradition of 54-hole leaders NOT leading after 72 holes. But the Lightning Boy apparently shocked everyone with his sudden surge up the leaderboard. (Lightning, shock, surge... is there a pattern developing here?)

Blixt, as you may recall, won the Open last year but that event didn't get him into the Masters as he had hoped. Then he'd struggled this year. Wow, what a difference one week can make.

As a result of this win, Jonas gets to play in the 2013 PGA Championship and the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the 2014 Masters Tournament, AND the 2014 PLAYERS Championship. Plus, as I understand it, he'll jump up very near #50 in the OWGR, which should make him an alternate for the Open Championship in a couple of weeks. And he jumped up around 100 spots in the FedExCup race.

No wonder he was so emotional after the win, standing there in the dark.

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the Swede who just turned his year completely around in a single strike. Just what you would expect from Jonas Lightning:
Time to finish on Sunday was tightening
‘Cause the round got delayed due to lightning.
Then Lightning Boy Blixt struck!
He said that his drives sucked;
Don’t you think the field finds that MORE frightening?
The photo came from the front page of -- Jonas had a bigger smile in that pic!

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