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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Winner: Jason Day

Around the wider world of golf: Sei Young Kim won the JTBC Founders Cup on the LPGA; S.S.P. Chawrasia won the Hero Indian Open on the ET/Asian Tour; Woody Austin won the Tucson Conquistadores Classic on the Champions Tour; Wesley Bryan won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open on the Tour; Derek Rende won the Lexus Panama Classicon the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Kaori Ohe won the T-Point Ladies Golf Tournament on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Jason Day with API trophy

Tiger told him that he had to be both patient and aggressive to win at Arnie's Place, and that if he didn't have his best stuff he'd just have to find a way to get it done.

Jason Day listened. He had played well most of the week but found his game was a bit off on Sunday. He didn't let it stop him, however. Jason just managed his way around the course and scrambled well when he got in trouble.

Then, when it counted down the stretch, he went par-birdie-par on the last three holes to win by a stroke. His closest competitors all stumbled:
  • Henrik Stenson doubled the 16th.
  • Kevin Chappell bogeyed the 18th.
  • Troy Merritt doubled the 18th.
Jason's unlikely birdie at 17 gave him the lead outright, and an equally unlikely scramble for par at 18 locked up his first API victory.

He had found his way.

In an interview with GC late Sunday night, Jason talked about how lucky he was to be friends with his boyhood idol and how he had been picking Tiger's brain for every bit of help he could get. He talked about gearing his workouts and diet to prevent injuries, and about keeping journals of every shot he hit in practice.

In other words, Jason Day intends to retake the Number One spot on the OWGR. And he will be second when the new rankings hit today, perhaps less than .3 points behind Spieth.

Jason Day is back on the list of "players most likely to win the Masters" now. He's also back on the list of "players receiving the most Limerick Summaries in the last year":
With Tiger’s advice in his ear,
The Aussie made one thing quite clear:
His skills aren’t diminished.
Day’s birdie-par finish
Showed he wants a major this year.
The photo came from the tournament upshot page at

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