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Monday, February 6, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 WM Phoenix Open

Winner: Hideki Matsuyama

Around the wider world of golf: Sergio Garcia posted another impressive win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on the ET; and Jazz Janewattananond (a young Thai player) won the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on the Asian Tour.

And congrats to the New England Patriots, who won SuperBowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons. The two teams set so many records during the game -- including it being the first-ever overtime SuperBowl -- that I can't even list them all.

Hideki Matsuyama with Phoenix Open trophy

I guess you could say Hideki Matsuyama broke the curse. Nobody has won the WM Phoenix Open back-to-back since it moved to TPC Scottsdale.

Nobody but Hideki, that is. And he did it with back-to-back playoff wins, which hasn't happened on tour anywhere since 1990.

True, it's easy to feel sorry for Byeong Hun An, who lost the 54-hole lead, but that happens to everybody at some point. He'll come back from that.

Even Webb Simpson, who lost the four-hole playoff, will be fine. This is his best showing in three years, especially since he had to change his anchored putting stroke.

But Hideki is better than fine. He's won two PGA Tour events plus three other worldwide titles in his last nine starts. Two of those losses came courtesy of Justin Thomas, who has three PGA Tour wins this season. And he leaps to the top of the FedExCup points race, leapfrogging Thomas as the two press their claim as part of the 2017 Big3. (The other member is yet to be determined.)

Perhaps Hideki will become the World #1 before the year's out. Perhaps he'll be the first Japanese player to win the FedExCup. All of these things are clearly in play going forward. But one thing is for sure -- Hideki is sure to receive this week's Limerick Summary!
Forget about last year's Big Three!
It appears that Hideki will be
One of this year's new members—
And maybe, September,
A FedExCup winner? We'll see.
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