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Monday, October 6, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Winner: Oliver Wilson

Around the wider world of golf: Steve Lewton won the Mercuries Taiwan Masters on the Asian Tour; Nicholas Lindheim won the Arturo Calle Colombian Classic on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Azahara Munoz won the Lacoste Ladies Open de France on the LET; Teresa Lu won the Japan Women's Open on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details); and Mirim Lee won the Reignwood LPGA Classic on the LPGA, her second win of her rookie season (the Constructivist has details on this one too -- he must have stayed up all night!). [UPDATE: I forgot to include Jay Woodson's win at the Big Break Invitiational!]

Wilson with trophy on Swilcan Bridge

It's still a week until the new PGA Tour season begins. Who should get the coveted Limerick Summary this week?

I seriously considered Mirim Lee. Her LPGA win in China was her second of her rookie season... yet she still trails Lydia Ko by a considerable amount in the Rookie of the Year race. I know Lydia is technically a rookie, but it just irks me that Mirim -- who has gone from no wins to two wins in her pro career -- not only isn't leading the race, it isn't really even close. It just wasn't a cheerful enough story for me to immortalize in verse.

But Oliver Wilson's victory at the Dunhill Links -- wow, now there's a story! Wilson had become one of those guys we call a journeyman. Though he played fairly well early in his career, he's never won and he's struggled just to stay on tour -- in fact, he's only on their Challenge Tour and I think he's in danger of losing his card there. (He started the week outside the top 100 on the Challenge Tour and he was 792nd in the OWGR.) He was in this week on a sponsor's exemption.

And all he does is tie the course record at Carnoustie on Thursday, then beat the likes of Rory McIlroy and Louis Oosthuizen at St. Andrews on Sunday. Ho hum, just another week on the links.

He told the media (quoted from the page where I found the photo):
“I don’t have words for it. It’s been ten years, 11 years coming. There were nine runners-up and I hadn’t done a whole lot to lose those, but nothing had really gone my way and this week, to be given a big opportunity by Dunhill to play – I can’t thank them enough to give me an opportunity to do this – I guess it’s what golf’s all about."
But I think this is my favorite quote:
“I could be drunk for a while – I’ve had a lot of champagne on ice over the years!”
Well, Oliver, if you can still see clearly enough to read after all that champagne, I've got a Limerick Summary for you -- your first one of these as well:
Well, look who stepped up to beat Rory!
No, it’s not overblown oratory—
Ollie’s heart must be thumping!
To the Big Tour he’s jumping
While basking in “got my card” glory!
The photo came from this page at

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