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Monday, July 24, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 THE OPEN

Winner: Jordan Spieth

Around the wider world of golf: In-Kyung Kim won the Marathon Classic on the LPGA; Nanna Koerstz Madsen won the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic on the Symetra Tour; Sam Ryder won the inaugural Pinnacle Bank Championship on the Tour; and Hank Lebioda won the Mackenzie Investments Open on the MACKENZIE TOUR - PGA TOUR Canada. [UPDATE: I forgot to include Grayson Murray's win at the Barbasol Classic, the PGA Tour's alternate event.]

Jordan Spieth kisses Claret Jug

At least Jordan Spieth will no longer have to answer questions about the 12th at Augusta. Now his opponents will have to answer the question, "What must you do to beat him?"

It didn't look that way as the round got underway. Had it not been for his caddie, Jordan might not have held up. He said as much, confessing that the 12th at Augusta started to haunt him as it all fell apart in the first 13 holes. But as ugly as it was early on, Jordan's play was magnificent as he came down the stretch.

And it's not like Matt Kuchar has anything to apologize for. It was his first time in the final group at a major, and he met Jordan blow-for-blow throughout the round.

But what are you supposed to do when your opponent screws up and you finally take the lead, only to have him go birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie in four straight holes? As Matt noted, he went par-birdie-par-birdie on the same holes -- easily enough to finish off most contenders. But Matt found himself two down with only one to play.

There's just not much you can do at that point!

Get ready for the hype going forward. Jordan, like Rory and Phil, is now only one major from the career Grand Slam. If he wins the PGA next month, he'll be the youngest ever to run the table. (He became the youngest American to win THE OPEN Sunday.) And he only gets one chance at that record, since he'll be 25 at the 2018 PGA.

Yeah. Get ready for the hype.

Only 44 players had won three or more majors in their careers before Sunday. But only Rory could claim a Limerick Summary for each of his. Do I smell a competition brewing? Enjoy your third one, Golden Boy:
Though bad shots got under his skin,
Spieth scrambled ‘round Birkdale again.
Four holes in five-under!
He stole Kuchar’s thunder
And locked up his third major win.
The photo came from the UK Telegraph site.

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