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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

Winner: Hideki Matsuyama

Around the wider world of golf: Esteban Toledo won the Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour; Sebastian Munoz won the Club Colombia Championship on the Tour; Danny Willett won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the ET; Shaun Norris won the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open on the Asian Tour; Georgia Hall won the Oates Victorian Open on the ALPG; and Ha Na Jang won the Coates Golf Championship on the LPGA.

And in case you somehow missed it, the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in the Super Bowl.

Hideki Matsuyama with Phoenix Open trophy

Rickie Fowler was uncharacteristically emotional after losing to Hideki Matsuyama in an amazing 4-hole playoff. He had hoped that his grandfather would see him win in person. Instead, he saw his grandson in tears.

At the risk of sounding insensitive, it was water of another kind that brought on those tears -- the water hazard at the driveable par-4 17th. An unexpected hard bounce during regulation sent his ball 360 yards into the water behind the green and a pulled tee shot found the water on the left side during the final hole of the playoff.

Admittedly, Rickie's game had been a bit off all day. Had it not been for his scrambling there might not have been a playoff at all.

By comparison, Hideki had a few missed opportunities after an opening birdie but quickly got his game back under control. His bogey-free 67 matched Rickie for score but was much steadier overall. His birdies on 17 and 18 during regulation forced the playoff, and he never really struggled during those final four holes. He has now gotten both of his PGA Tour wins in playoffs.

During the broadcast Johnny Miller suggested that Hideki might very well turn the "Big3 / Big4" discussion into a "Big5" over the next couple of years. If he keeps this up, it might not take that long; this win jumped him up seven slots to #12 in the OWGR.

It also jumped him up to to two Limerick Summaries. Congratulations, Hideki!
They both wasted shots, yes it’s true…
But waste management’s what the pros do!
As Hideki got better
Poor Rickie got wetter
And the man from Japan got Win Two.
The photo came from the Japan Times site.

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