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Monday, January 19, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 Sony Open

Winner: Jimmy Walker

Around the wider world of golf: Frenchman Gary Stal won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the ET, and Matias Dominguez of Chile won the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship.

And there were a couple of other significant sports events: Lindsey Vonn (that's Tiger's girlfriend) won the downhill event at the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy Sunday to tie Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Proell's 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins. [UPDATE: Lindsey broke the record today with a Super-G win.] And we now know Super Bowl XLIX will be a battle between the New England Patriots and the defending champion Seattle Seahawks. (Pats quarterback Tom Brady is a pretty decent golfer, btw.)

Jimmy Walker with Sony trophy

Yes, I admit it. The NFC and AFC Championship games -- the ones that determine who will go to the Super Bowl in a couple of weeks -- were my main source of concern Sunday. I managed to keep up with the Sony Open by flipping channels during commercial breaks and timeouts.

But I wrote this week's Limerick Summary before any of it, golf or football, ever began on Sunday. Yes, I was that confident Jimmy would get it done this week -- despite his blowing a lead last week at the Hyundai and Martin Kaymer blowing a big lead Sunday in Abu Dhabi.

It wasn't just the talk he had with Butch Harmon after last week's loss. The fact is simply that Jimmy didn't play that badly last week, and he kept up the pace this week by setting a new Tour record with 29 birdies for the week. In the end, he won by 9 strokes -- another record, this time just a Sony Open record but a record nevertheless.

Just as the Patriots were written off after only their fourth game this season, and just as the Seahawks were written off when they were down 16-0 at halftime in Sunday's game (they came back to win in overtime, the 3rd largest comeback in NFL postseason history), too many folks wrote Jimmy off just because he stumbled in the final round last week. We are so quick to elevate winners after one or two good showings and desert them after a stumble or two.

Fortunately life doesn't have to work that way. Just ask the Patriots... or the Seahawks... or Jimmy Walker.

And so it is that Jimmy Walker picks up his fourth Limerick Summary in only 32 starts. ESPN is already suggesting he's a good choice for the Masters. I can understand their enthusiasm -- after all, it's hard enough to get just one Limerick Summary...
You did it again, Jimmy boy!
Was stumbling last week just a ploy
To drive the field nuts
When you drained all those putts?
They poured in like three-finger poi!
The photo came from the tournament upshot page at

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