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Monday, May 28, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 Fort Worth Invitational

Winner: Justin Rose

Around the wider world of golf: Paul Broadhurst got his second Champions Tour major at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship; Minjee Lee gave herself a birthday present at the LPGA Volvik Championship; Louise Ridderstrom won the Valley Forge Invitational on the Symetra Tour; Cameron Davis won the Nashville Golf Open on the Tour; Francesco Molinari won the BMW PGA Championship, the ET's equivalent of THE PLAYERS; Shota Akiyoshi won the Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour; and the Arizona Wildcats won the NCAA Women's Division 1 National Golf Championship.

Justin Rose with the Fort Worth trophy and tartan jacket

It was never really in question on Sunday. Justin Rose began his final round at the Fort Worth Invitaional with a four-stroke lead over Brooks Koepka, and he ended the round with a three-stroke lead over Brooks Koepka.

That doesn't mean it wasn't interesting. Just that Justin never really gave his pursuers a chance. He shot five-under on his front nine and a mere one-under on his back nine. When you shoot 64 in the final round, it's going to take something really special to beat you... and neither Koepka's 63 nor Kevin Na's 61 was special enough.

Forgive me if I don't spend a lot of time on this event, because there was no real drama to the finish. Rather, I think Rose's Strokes Gained stats are the real story here:
  • Off the Tee: 4th
  • Approach to the Green: 1st
  • Around the Green: 19th
  • Putting: 21st
  • Tee-to-Green: 1st
  • Total: 1st
We are entering the thick of major season, and Justin Rose seems to have gotten his game back in shape just in time. He probably put it best himself when he said he had won with four-shot leads and lost with four-shot leads, and he was happy to see that he was getting better at closing them out. He could be in position for a really great summer.

But in the meantime, he can chill out with his newest Limerick Summary and get ready for the big ones coming up.
Knowing Koepka was on the attack,
Justin couldn’t afford to hold back.
He kept pushing the pace—
And that kept enough space
‘Twixt his lead and the rest of the pack.
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