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Monday, July 10, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Greenbrier Classic

Winner: Xander Schauffele

Around the wider world of golf: Shows what I know -- Jon Rahm DID run off and hide from the field as he won his first ET event at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open; Katherine Kirk won for the first time in seven years at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic; Chesson Hadley won the LECOM Health Challenge on the Tour, his first win in Three years; Kramer Hickok won the Players Cup for his first Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada title; Erynne Lee won the Donald Ross Centennial Classic on the Symetra Tour; Atthaya Thitikul became the youngest-ever winner on the LET when she won the Ladies European Thailand Championship; and Chan Kim won the Shigeo Nagashima Invitational SEGA SAMMY Cup on the Japan Golf Tour.

Xander Schauffele hoists Greenbrier trophy

For all the flood damage it sustained last year, the Old White TPC looked no worse for wear Sunday. In fact, you could argue that the renovations dramatically improved the track. At least, I think the 18th is a much better hole now since they recontoured the green.

So perhaps it's no surprise that the revamped course gave us another close finish. The Old White is definitely a survivor, just like the folks in West Virginia!

Sebastian Munoz, Robert Streb and Xander Schauffele couldn't decide which of them should win the event, so they traded the lead all day long. No sooner would one take the lead than he'd stumble and another would take his place. In the end, it came down to the final three holes. Munoz was one-over, Streb even and Schauffele two-under... and Schauffele birdied the 18th to post at -14.

He had to wait for the others to finish, but they couldn't get it done at the end. Not bad for a late-comer to the game!

Xander's rookie season is rolling along well. After an invite for his Top5 at the US Open, he now adds invites to the Open Championship, PGA Championship and the Masters. And most importantly, he picks up his first Limerick Summary:
Xander’s win was no casual stroll.
Right down to the very last hole
His win was in doubt
Till the field putted out
And each ball made its very last roll.
The photo came from the tournament page at

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