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Monday, June 13, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic

Winner: Daniel Berger

Around the wider world of golf: Brooke Henderson got her first major at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on the LPGA; Ashun Wu won the Lyoness Open on the ET; Bernhard Langer won his third Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in a row on the Champions Tour -- the first player ever to do so; Max Homa won the Rust-Oleum Championship on the Tour; Dan McCarthy won the GolfBC Championship on the MACKENZIE TOUR - PGA TOUR Canada; Soo-Yun Kang won the Suntory Ladies Open on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details); and Britain & Ireland beat the US 11.5-8.5 in the Curtis Cup.

Daniel Berger

I confess that I didn't watch much of the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday. Between the rain delays that spread from the GC coverage into the CBS coverage, and the event coverage then jumping from CBS to CNBC and then to NBCSN, and then the unexpected shootout between Lydia Ko, Brooke Henderson and Ariya Jutanugarn (that became a playoff between Ko and Henderson)... well, the St. Jude just seemed a bit boring.

I'm sure it didn't feel that way to Daniel Berger, however. It was his first time ever in the final pairing, and a lot of analysts speculated that he might have trouble keeping it together -- especially after the rain delays and his bogey on the first hole. But not even the power trio of Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Brooks Koepka could run him down. In fact, in all the times I checked in on the action, I don't ever remember Berger not having at least a share of the lead.

That's pretty stout if you ask me.

Last year's Rookie of the Year had a couple of runner-up finishes under his belt (you might remember that he became friends with Padraig Harrington after Harrington beat him in a playoff at last year's Honda Classic) but he said it felt good to finally get the job done. Especially after Phil gave him some grief during Sunday's rain delay about winning Rookie of the Year without a victory.

I guess Daniel got the last word after all.

In the meantime, I get the last words in today's post. It's that Limerick Summary that he didn't get on the way to winning Rookie of the Year in 2015. Better late than never, that's what I say:
Some thought Daniel wouldn’t be ready
To handle the last group. Instead he
Survived rain delays
And the challenges raised
By Steve, Lefty and Brooks. He stayed steady.
The photo came from the daily wrap-up page at

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