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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Valspar Championship

Winner: Adam Hadwin

Around the wider world of golf: S.S.P Chawrasia successfully defended his title (by 7 strokes!) at the Hero Indian Open on the ET; and Brandon Matthews got his first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica win at the Molino Canuelas Championship.

Adam Hadwin and fiance Jessica hold Valspar trophy

The honeymoon can wait, Jessica. It's Azalea Time!

Adam Hadwin has been popping up on leaderboards for quite some time now. He's got several mini-tour wins, as well as a couple of Tour trophies. You may remember a nice run he made at the Canadian Open a few years back. He's played well enough to garner sponsor exemptions on the Big Tour, but success in the form of a Tour card had eluded him until this year.

Success is not eluding him anymore. For anybody who hadn't noticed him before, a 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge announced his arrival on Tour very loudly. While the 4-stroke lead with which he began the day slowly faded away under Patrick Cantlay's relentless assault, Adam got the chance to win on the 18th that he said would be enough for him. And it was -- now he's got that elusive win as well.

As a result, the victorious Canadian will be trading a honeymoon in French Polynesia for a trip to Augusta Ga. I know, ladies -- it sounds like a step down to me also, at least in romantic terms. But the azaleas will be in full bloom, and who knows? His very supportive and understanding fiance may be very happy with the much larger diamond she'll no doubt be sporting at the Masters.

Adam, alas, will have to settle for his first Limerick Summary. Not as flashy, but perhaps just as satisfying:
The first win's the hardest, they say;
For Adam, it sure looked that way!
His lead of four strokes
Slowly went up in smoke…
But he hung tough and carried the day.
The photo came from this page at the Vancouver Sun site.

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