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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 McGladrey Classic

Winner: Chris Kirk

Around the wider world of golf: Victor Dubuisson got his first ET victory at the Turkish Airlines Open; Adam Scott completed the Australian Triple Crown with a victory at the Australian PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; Mohd. Siddikur won the Hero Indian Open on the Asian Tour; amateur Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong (I think I spelled that right) won the PTT Global Chemical Thailand Ladies Open on the LAGT (Pornanong Phatlum got the money); and Teresa Lu won the LPGA/JLPGA Mizuno Classic (the Constructivist has details).

Kirk with trophy

Alas, poor Briny Baird! He continues to seek his first PGA Tour win. The McGladrey Classic was his 365th start -- a year of starts, if you please. Perhaps leap year will be luckier for him.

At least he gets some consolation. Playing on a medical exemption after surgery on both shoulders, he made enough cash to keep his card and he got his 6th runner-up finish. And it's not like he played badly; he was undone by a 3-putt par and one bad drive. Not bad for someone who's played very little golf in the last year or so.

But it would have been a lot better for him if Chris Kirk hadn't showed up for the final round. Despite a bogey on the 14th hole, and despite rinsing his ball at the 15th hole with his second shot (and hitting a bad chip with his fourth shot), he still managed to escape with a bogey and a par. They kept him in touch with Baird, a mere shot ahead after the 3-putt par.

And then Kirk birdied 17 and Baird bogeyed 18 (because of the bad drive). Game over.

While it was Kirk's second PGA Tour victory, it was the first-time trip to the Masters that had him most excited. The tournament wrap-up at has more interesting bits of info if you're interested. In the meantime, this week's Limerick Summary salutes the newest new guy at Augusta:
His hybrid at fifteen was jerked
To the left, making this round more work
Than I’m sure Chris intended.
Still, when it all ended,
He won. (And Augusta’s a perk!)
The photo came from the front page of

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