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Monday, December 30, 2013

The Limerick Summary: Bye-Bye, 2013

guy waving goodbyeWinner: The Fans

Around the wider world of golf: There were no golf tournaments this week that I'm aware of... but Natalie Gulbis got married just before Christmas. I guess you could call that a "match" of sorts.

As the final hours of 2013 tick away, we bid a heartfelt bon voyage to the people and stories who made this year so interesting. There are so many:
  • To OWGR #1 Tiger Woods and Rolex #1 Inbee Park, who proved that they weren't as washed up as everyone seemed to believe;
  • To their rivals Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Suzann Pettersen, and Stacy Lewis, who made it clear that they have a few things to say about who's the "dominant player" on their respective tours;
  • To youngsters Charley Hull, Lydia Ko, Lexi Thompson, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, and Tianlang Guan, who showed that youth isn't always wasted on the young;
  • To average guys like Steve Stricker and Kenny Perry, who proved that age isn't a waste either;
  • To players like Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, who reminded us that things can always get better;
  • To the ladies like Paulina Gretzky, Lindsey Vonn, and Katharina Boehm, who reminded us that while love doesn't conquer all, it can do amazing things for your golf game;
  • To the USGA and the R&A, who continue to remind us how stupidly complex this game has become;
  • To Peter Uihlein and Brooks Koepka, who reminded us that there's always another route to success;
And to all those other players, celebrities, and organizations who made the tours (and their players) more newsworthy this year.

Not only is 2013 about to come to an end, but so is the "off-season" which now consists of a single week in December. The PGA Tour kicks it off all over again this Friday with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. We don't have much time to appreciate how great "this year in golf" actually was.

But at least you get this Limerick Summary to remind you of what we had. Bye-bye, 2013!
This year got the golf world excited —
Old rivalries got reignited,
Some young guys stepped up,
Garcia made putts…
Then Ko proved the gals won’t be slighted.
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