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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Winner: Jordan Spieth

Around the wider world of golf: Melissa Reid won the Oates Vic Open on the LET; Fabrizio Zanotti won the Maybank Championship on the ET; Ethan Tracy won the Club Colombia Championship on the Tour; Scott McCarron won the Allianz Championship on the Champions Tour; and the team of Ken Duke and Carson Daly won the pro-am title at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am..

Jordan Spieth with the AT&T Pebble Beach trophy

Sunday was a quiet day for Jordan Spieth. Two birdies, 16 pars, ninth PGA Tour win, fifth win by a three-shot margin or better. One outstanding putt, the long one for birdie (30 feet) at 17 that made his win all but inevitable. Ho hum.

He set even more records with the win, something he seems to do each time he wins. Second youngest player to reach nine wins. (Tiger beat him by a month, I think.) Youngest player to win five times by three shots or more. Several other records as well, but I can't remember what they were. (Who hunts up all these records, anyway?)

I think the real question now is how this will affect his world ranking. It might be enough to move him back up to #5, ahead of Hideki Matsuyama, but probably not enough to move him to #4 and displace Dustin Johnson.

But we know the win moved him up to #3 in the FedExCup points, just behind Matsuyama and Justin Thomas, who have both beaten him since 2017 started. Thomas has beaten him twice -- and soundly -- since the new year came 'round, and that was probably in Jordan's mind Sunday as well.

Late Sunday night, Spieth told ESPN that he went to a single ball flight during his time off at the end of 2016. (At least, he's using a single ball flight most of the time now.) He's crediting that -- along with some rethinking of his game -- with his return to form so far this year. It certainly seems to be working.

At any rate, it worked well enough to grab his first win of 2017, as well as his first Limerick Summary of the year. And given how solidly he's played so far this year, that could be bad news for all the other players lusting after a Limerick Summary of their own.
So frustrated this year by Justin
Who twice (so far) gave him a dusting,
This week, Jordan shone—
Although Thomas was home—
But now Spieth's got a swing that he's trusting.
The photo came from the wrap-up page at

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