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Monday, February 5, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 WM Phoenix Open

Winner: Gary Woodland

Around the wider world of golf: Shubhankar Sharma won the Maybank Championship on the ET; Minjee Lee won her second Women’s Oates Vic Open on the LET while Simon Hawkes won the Men’s Oates Vic Open (played on the same course as the women) on the PGA Tour Australasia; and Scott Langley won the Panama Championship on the Tour.

Gary Woodland with Phoenix Open trophy

It looks like Gary Woodland is finally back. It only took five years, which included several injuries, the death in March of one of the twins his wife was expecting and the premature birth of the other. But with the help of many people -- as well as a few instructors like Butch Harmon, Pete Cowen and Brad Faxon -- he, his wife Gabby and their young son Jaxson are doing just fine.

At the Phoenix Open he shot 67-68-67-64 to make a playoff with Chez Reavie, then won on the first playoff hole. You couldn't miss how confident he looked as he walked the fairways -- a hard-won perspective on life will do that for you -- or how well he was putting and chipping on those tough contoured greens.

I don't know that anyone can adequately put Gary's feelings into words, so I won't try. I'll just say that this victory is long overdue... as is his new Limerick Summary. Enjoy this victory, Gary; hopefully it will be the first of many such celebrations for your young family.
In Phoenix, the color is green
And course management’s always a theme—
In both, Gary stood out.
He played rounds without doubt
And his putting was simply supreme.
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