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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: Well, she did it again. Although Laura Davies gave it a great run, Inbee Park rode a five-stroke lead to victory at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup on the LPGA; Lauren Kim won the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic on the Symetra Tour; Ben Polland won the Stella Artois Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Jeffrey Kang won the Chengdu Championship on the PGA TOUR China.

Rory with API trophy and sweater

And another drought bites the dust. This time it belonged to Rory McIlroy, who ended a winless run of nearly 18 months.

Granted, that wasn't quite as dramatic as it could have been, had Tiger ended his drought after exactly the same number of days that it took Phil to end his. But with the Masters coming up, and Rory looking to win the career Grand Slam at Augusta, it couldn't have come at a better time for Mr. McIlroy.

Although his opponents probably aren't all that happy for him. Given how badly Rory torched the field Sunday, posting a bogey-free 64 that was three strokes better than anybody else, they probably feel the immediate future looks pretty bleak.

Only Bryson DeChambeau managed to put the heat on Rory -- or at least it would have been heat if Rory was playing like everybody else. But Rory's stats for the week read like an entire fantasy draft dream team, with him leading the field in Driving Distance, Proximity to the Hole, Scrambling, and Strokes Gained Putting. (That last one was probably a shocker for most of them!) It's kinda hard to beat a fella when he's posting those kind of numbers.

And Rory hopes to keep posting them for another couple of weeks.

In the meantime, he can take a few minutes to relax with a nice cold Arnold Palmer (tea and lemonade) -- with a little umbrella in it, of course -- while lounging in his new red alpaca sweater and gazing lovingly at his shiny new trophy.

And if he feels like it, he can read his new Limerick Summary a few times if he wants, just for kicks. It's been a while since he had one of these as well.
Another drought comes to an end—
The field couldn’t hope to contend
After Rory got hot
(He nailed shot after shot)
And his putter became his best friend!
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