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Monday, December 5, 2016

The Limerick Summary: 2016 Hero World Challenge

Winner: Hideki Matsuyama

Around the wider world of golf: Mukesh Kumar won the Panasonic Open India on the Asian Tour; Sang-Hyun Park won the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup; one of my fellow North Carolina boys, Harold Varner III, won the Australian PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour/ET; Brandon Stone won the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the ET; Nathan Lashley won the Shell Championship (by 10 shots!) on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and you can get all the info on the LPGA Q-School at this link. Jaye Marie Green was the Medalist (for the second time!), while Sedena Parks, Mariah Stackhouse and Mel Reid all got full cards for 2017, as did Katherine Perry, one of my NC girls. Aditi Ashok and Bronte Law got partial status.

It appears that once some players get a Limerick Summary, they just get greedy! Such is the case with Hideki Matsuyama, who picks up his third LS of 2016.

Of course, the big news this week was the reemergence of Tiger Woods. While the analysts may not agree on how well Tiger is playing -- and I plan to post my own feelings tomorrow -- the players themselves, who should have a good idea of what he did, made it clear that they were impressed.

For our purposes today, what matters is that Tiger didn't win.

Neither did Henrik Stenson, although the Big Swede certainly tried. He made a serious run at Hideki, who entered the final round with a 7-stroke lead. Conditions were tough enough that only Bubba managed to score better than Henrik, by a single shot. But even though Henrik was five shots better than Hideki in the final round... well, seven strokes is more than five.

Hideki had nothing to be embarrassed about, though. I don't think he'd ever had a solo 54-hole lead before, so it's a new strategy to learn. He did well enough to take the trophy, and I suspect he'll be happy with that for now.

In the meantime, he can head back to Japan and spend the holidays with his family, secure in the knowledge that he has moved up to #2 in my RGWR and gotten his 3rd Limerick Summary of the year. Merī Kurisumasu, Hideki!
Though Tiger was causing the stir,
Both he and the field would concur
That Hideki's attack
Left the field so far back
That his grip on the lead was secure.
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