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Monday, October 19, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 Open

Winner: Emiliano Grillo

Around the wider world of golf: Lexi Thompson won the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship (her second win this season); Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong of Thailand won the Symetra Tour Championship; Bernhard Langer won the San Antonio Championship on the Champions Tour (his second win this season); Andy Sullivan walked to a 9-stroke win at the Portugal Masters on the ET (his third win this season); Nicholas Lindheim won the Mundo Maya Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Xinjun Zhang won the Chongqing Jiangnan NewTown KingRun Open on the PGA TOUR China; Scott Hend won the Venetian Macao Open on the Asian Tour; and Teresa Lu won the Fujitsu Ladies on the JLPGA (her fifth win of the season -- bangkokbobby has details).

Emiliano Grillo

Before I get to the PGA Tour event, let me make a couple of shout-outs to LPGA players Yani Tseng and Amy Yang. Yani has two runner-ups, a fifth place finish and a MC in her last four events, and Amy merely birdied the ENTIRE back nine of her final round in South Korea to card a 27. Outstanding play from both women!

It was just seven months ago that Emiliano Grillo missed a short putt to win the Puerto Rico Open and lock up a PGA Tour card.

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Emiliano Grillo sunk a long putt to win the Tour Championship and lock up a PGA Tour card.

Then on Sunday Emiliano Grillo did it all -- sink a long putt to force a playoff, miss a short putt to win the first playoff hole... and then, just for good measure, he sunk a slightly longer putt to win the Open and lock up his next three years on the PGA Tour.

And he did it all in his rookie debut. You got to admit, the young Argentinian's got style.

The playoff was another near miss for Kevin Na, who hardly anybody expected to factor in the event. Most everybody thought it would be one of the Justins (Rose or Thomas), one of the other veteran players like Jason Bohn or one of other rookies like Tyrone Van Aswegen, all of whom kept making birdies -- and then bogeys -- to keep the scoreboard in constant flux down the stretch. It was a dramatic send-off for the Open, which will re-emerge as the Safeway Open next season.

Grillo may be new to casual golf fans but he certainly isn't new to the scene. He's got several Top5 finishes on the European Tour, as well as wins on the Tour and now the PGA Tour. And he isn't new to the Limerick Summary, as he got one for that Tour win just a couple weeks back.

Well, Emiliano, now you get one for the Big Tour as well:
A flash in the pan Grillo’s not;
He’s good to the very last shot.
He won two weeks back;
Now he’s right back on track—
Guess he struck while his irons were still hot!
The photo came from the tournament daily wrap-up page at

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