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Monday, May 21, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson

Winner: Aaron Wise

Around the wider world of golf: Ariya Jutanugarn won the Kingsmill Championship on the LPGA; Jenny Haglund won the Symetra Classic on the Symetra Tour; Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Regions Tradition on the Champions Tour; Michael Arnaud won the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Tour; Andrés Gallegos won the Puerto Plata DR Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Adrian Otaegui won the inaugural Belgian Knockout on the ET; Ryuko Tokimatsu won the Kansai Open Golf Championship on the Japan Golf Tour; John Catlin won the Asia-Pacific Classic on the Asian Tour; and Hee-kyung Bae won the Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open on the Japan LPGA Tour.

Aaron Wise with AT&T Byron Nelson trophy

It was way past dark at my house before the PGA Tour closed shop for the night. Fortunately for the guys playing in the AT&T Byron Nelson, they had almost one more hour of daylight in Texas than we did here in North Carolina.

Almost. It looked pretty dark to me, even with the TV cameras' added light. But it wasn't like Aaron Wise needed any more light. After he striped his final drive and hit the green with a three-shot lead, nobody had much of a chance to catch him anyway.

Much has been made of how good Wise is and how much he learned at Quail Hollow just a couple of weeks back, when he posted a T2 finish. But that was just talk.

What Wise did on Sunday proved that we may have underestimated his potential. He never seemed to lose focus on what he was doing -- striding calmly around the course, making good strategic choices that put him 5-under on the front nine while giving him mostly easy pars on the back nine as he cruised to his first PGA Tour win. And those shots were made with confidence -- there was no sign that he felt any pressure until cameras caught him taking a deep breath before that striped drive on 18.

If his performance Sunday was any indication of what's coming, I'd better start looking for more words that rhyme with Wise. I'll be needing them for all the Limerick Summaries he's going to claim!
Though thunderclouds darkened the skies,
Young Aaron did not take his eyes
Off his goal. From the start
His mind and his heart
Were proved, by his play, truly Wise.
The photo came from this page at the Republican American site.


  1. World #1 Inbee Park FINALLY won her first KLPGA event this past weekend at the Doosan Match Play Championship.

    In her pod she edged out He Yong Choi and Yoo Rim Choi each by 1 up and beat Yeon Ju Jung 3 & 2 to advance to the round of 16.

    Round of 16: beat Hye Sun Kim2 6 & 4

    Quarterfinal: annihilated Chae Yoon Park 9 & 7

    Semifinal: beat Eun Woo Choi 3 & 2

    Final: edged out Ah Lim Kim 1 up

    1. Thanks for the update, IC. No matter how hard I look, I always miss something!