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Monday, October 13, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Open

Winner: Sang-Moon Bae

Around the wider world of golf: The weather was so bad in Europe that the Portugal Masters got shortened to just 36 holes... which was just enough for Alexander Levy to get the win; Kirk Triplett won the SAS Championship on the Champions Tour; Tyler McCumber won the Transamerican Power Products CRV Mazatlan Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Shanshan Feng won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on the LPGA (the Constructivist has details); and Sun-Ju Ahn won the Stanley Ladies on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details on this one too).

Sang-Moon Bae with trophy

Okay, maybe it's not such a big deal to be the FedExCup points leader after only one tournament... but don't try to tell that to Sang-Moon Bae.

To be honest, Bae didn't play all that well on Sunday, carding a +1 round of 73 to finish at -15. And I suppose that was to be expected since he hadn't been leading when he won his other title. But it was that blistering round of 65 on Saturday that gave him an insurmountable 4-shot lead going into Sunday.

Steven Bowditch managed to reach -13 and a bunch of other players like Hunter Mahan and Martin Laird got it to -12, but it just wasn't enough to overcome Bae's third round. The Open became his second PGA Tour title.

There are a lot of perks that come to the winner of a Tour event, like retaining his card and entry into the Masters and THE PLAYERS, among other things. But for Bae, the biggest perk from the win may be all the Presidents Cup points he garnered. The next one (in 2015) will be held in Korea, and Bae certainly wants to make the team.

In the meantime, the Napa wine country where the tournament was played had me in mind of a bunch of helpless little grapes being crushed by one particularly determined pair of feet, and it's in that spirit that I offer this little Limerick Summary to the new Open champion.
The Korean contingent was thrilled;
Sang-Moon Bae’s lead did not need to build.
Runs by Bowditch and Laird
Came, but nobody cared
‘Cause in Round 3 he trampled the field.
The photo was the link from the leaderboard page link to the upshot page at

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