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Monday, June 1, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson

Winner: Steven Bowditch

Around the wider world of golf: Mardan Mamat won the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on the Asian Tour; Søren Kjeldsen won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on the ET; Anna Nordqvist won the Shoprite LPGA Classic; Kyle Thompson won the Rex Hospital Open on the Tour; Drew Weaver won the PC Financial Open on the Mackenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada (yes, that's the new name); Felipe Velázquez won the Honduras Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Josh Geary won the Lanhai Open on the PGA TOUR China; and Teresa Lu defended at the Resort Trust Ladies on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

And lest we forget, earlier in the week Stanford won the team portion of the NCAA Division 1 Women's Golf Tournament and Emma Talley from Alabama won the individual title.

Steven and Amanda Bowditch with trophy

Before I get to the PGA Tour event, I need to give a shout-out to Eddie Pepperell at the Irish Open. Nobody had posted a bogey-free round all week because of the bad weather until Eddie did it on Sunday, shooting a 3-under 68 in the worst weather of the week. The score got him into a playoff which he didn't win... but he did lock up a spot at St. Andrews in the Open Championship this July. Way to go, Eddie!

When a golf course gets as sloppy wet as TPC Four Seasons Resort did this week, it's critical to get your ball in the fairway -- especially when you get to lift, clean & place the ball. That became painfully evident in Sunday's final round when one really bad shot could put you out of the competition.

The classic example was Dustin Johnson. He hit one sideways at #6, posted a snowman and fell from the lead. He never recovered and finished T8, 7 shots back. Other players managed to escape those kinds of scores but still found their momentum stalled by wayward swings.

It didn't help that Steven Bowditch suddenly remembered how to win golf tournaments (his first win came at Valero last year). Other than a poor second at the 3rd hole and a three-putt at the 5th, his ball seemed to have a GPS system much like the ball in David Feherty's Hyundai commercial!

A lot was made about Steven and Amanda getting married at the 18th hole of TPC Four Seasons Resort four years ago and about how appropriate it was that he won this tournament. As you can see in the photo above, they now have another photo from the 18th to frame and enjoy.

Steven can also share this Limerick Summary with his lovely wife Amanda. And yes, I know this particular limerick is less gramatically correct than usual. Apparently my editor floated away in the flood waters of TPC Four Seasons Resort...
All it takes is a single high score
And you’re not in contention no more!
Stevie B’s game was sound—
He went low in his round
‘Cause he finished without making “FORE!”
The photo came from this page at YAHOO! Sports.

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