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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 Farmers Insurance Open

Winner: Brandt Snedeker

Around the wider world of golf: Younghan Song won the SMBC Singapore Open on the Japan Golf Tour; Hyo-Joo Kim won the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic on the LPGA; Ryan Armour won the Panama Claro Championship on the Tour; and Branden Grace defended his title at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the ET.

Brandt Snedeker with the totally inappropriate surfboard trophy at Farmers

On Sunday, Brandt Snedeker beat Mother Nature.

On Monday, it looked like Mother Nature was going to be a poor loser.

Playing during the horrible conditions Sunday, Brandt was the only player to post a round under par. If I heard correctly, Brandt was 3-under and the other 70 players were 377-over... and a lot of them weren't even finished at the time! (In the end, those other 70 players were 422-over.) Many felt it was one of the best rounds ever played. Brandt finished a single shot off the lead and had to wait 24 hours to find out exactly what that meant.

When play finally picked up again on Monday -- after two more delays -- it looked like the weather would be calm and poor Brandt would get the short end of the stick. And it was pretty calm for two or three holes, but no one could capitalize on that.

So old Mama Nature dropped the hammer and dared them to play as good as Brandt.

They didn't... and Brandt won without hitting a single shot on Monday.

This is really pretty cool. After that awful showing at the Australian Open in December, Brandt won the Shark Shootout with Jason Dufner (last week's winner), then started 2016 with a T3, second in a playoff, and a win. I know there's a lot of time left but Brandt clearly has to be an early favorite for the Masters. All he has to do is keep playing like this.

Maybe he can arrange for a few tsunamis in his schedule.

In the meantime, Brandt can celebrate his first Limerick Summary of 2016, secure in the knowledge that no trees were harmed during the writing of this limerick. (That's because I composed it electronically. Isn't paperless communication wonderful?)
Brandt gave Mother Nature the finger
While the field struggled hard just to linger
Near his smooth 69…
But it did underline
How the course put them all through the wringer.
The photo came from the tournament upshot page at

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