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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Genesis Open

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: A number of these tournaments are co-sponsored events, but I'm just listing the largest sponsor because some have as many as three! HaNa Jang won the ISPS HANDA Women's Australian Open on the LPGA; Brett Rumsford won the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth on the ET; Fred Couples won the Chubb Classic on the Champions Tour; Andrew Putnam won the Panama Claro Championship on the Tour; and José de Jesús “El Camarón” Rodríguez won the 70 Avianca Colombia Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Dustin Johnson with Genesis Open trophy

The Wild West -- at least, California used to be the Wild West -- was primed for a showdown between the man with the badge (Jason Day) and the upstart gunslinger (Dustin Johnson). But the man with the badge ended up with wet powder and just couldn't get a shot off.

Looks like there's a new sheriff in town, pardners.

Don't give me that sour look! You may not care for my "high noon" metaphors, but you have to admit it: The battle for the top spot in the world rankings has at least resembled the legends of the Wild West lately. And the golf world was ready, even anxious for that showdown. After all, all Jason needed was a Top3 finish but DJ had two runner-ups in the last three years.

Then the rains came. And came. And CAME some more. Bunkers flooded. Trees fell. The final day was a really long, really tiring one. Jason Day finished T64.

And Dustin Johnson finished first in the whole world.

We could be debating how long DJ will hold the top spot for weeks or months or even just days. As far as I can tell, there are only two certainties here. DJ adds yet another Limerick Summary to his growing collection... and there's a nice soft bed calling his name. I hope he wakes up long enough to read the verse:
Enthronement as World Number One
Was certain, once J. Day was done.
DJ held it together
Through wind and wet weather—
Now a warm cushy bed sounds like fun!
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