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Monday, February 9, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 Farmers Insurance Open

Winner: Jason Day

Around the wider world of golf: Anirban Lahiri got his first ET win at the Maybank Malaysian Open; Paul Goydos won the Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour; Patrick Rodgers got his first pro win at the Colombia Championship on the Tour; Marianne Skarpnord won the Oates Victorian Open on the ALPG; Richard Green won the Oates Victorian Open Championship on the Australasian Tour; and Sei Young Kim got her first LPGA win at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Jason Day

It seems that no one could get to -- let alone stay in -- double digits at the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday. Players would make runs, only to fall back. In fact, only 6 players managed to shoot scores below 70 on the Torrey Pines South Course.

That, of course, resulted in a bunched-up leaderboard. And after numerous starts and stumbles, 4 players finally managed to post at -9 -- defending champion Scott Stallings, Harris English, J.B. Holmes, and Jason Day. And of the 4, only English managed to make birdie on the par-5 18th in regulation.

Sounds like he'd be the favorite in the playoff, right? Not so much. In fact, both English and Stallings struggled to make par... which just wasn't good enough. Holmes decided to lay up and count on his wedge play (good choice) while Day nailed one up the narrow right side to leave a long chip for a tap-in (also a good choice).

Two down, two to go.

On the par-3 16th Holmes blasted his tee shot over the green, resulting in a bogey. Day managed to hold the green and two-putt for his first win since last year's Accenture Match Play. (Remember the duel with Victor Dubuisson?)

Of the wins so far this calendar year, Day's victory this week seems the most significant to me. He spent last year fighting all manner of injuries to his back and hand, which derailed a potentially solid run at the majors. But now he seems healthy and, with a T3, T17 and playoff win in 3 starts, I'm ready to make some predictions.

And so it is that Jason Day not only gets his first Limerick Summary in a while but also a vote of confidence:
Scott and Harris got canned at eighteen.
On the next hole J.B. flew the green;
Jason Day knocked it in.
On his chances to win
At Augusta I’m really quite keen.
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