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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 BMW Championship

Winner: Keegan Bradley

Around the wider world of golf: Matthew Fitzpatrick became the first man in 40 years to successfully defend at the Omega European Masters on the ET; Nick Voke won the Qinhuangdao Championship and became the first New Zealander to win a PGA TOUR China event; Thanyakon Khrongpha won the ISPS HANDA Match Play on the Japan Golf Tour; Caroline Hedwall won the Lacoste Ladies Open de France on the LET; and at the 2018 World Long Drive Championship, Maurice Allen won the men's division and Phillis Meti won the women's division.

Keegan Bradley celebrates winning putt on first playoff hole

The BMW Championship managed to get four rounds in, after all. I was surprised.

Justin Rose made it to the #1 spot on the world rankings and Tony Finau made it to the US Ryder Cup team. I wasn't surprised.

And then Keegan Bradley tracked down the leaders and took the BMW in a playoff against the new #1...

I was thrilled!

I chose the photo above -- rather than a standard "winner holds trophy" pic -- simply because of the pure joy. After the anchor ban trashed Keegan's game for quite a while, he -- like Webb Simpson -- figured it out and got his first win in six years.

In a week where the best in the world found themselves on a soft course with record low scores every day, Keegan got it done with style. And he did it after a textbook meltdown just a couple of weeks back, which he said helped him feel comfortable down the stretch Monday.

This event meant a lot to Keegan. It gets him back to the Tour Championship, which gets him back in the majors next year, it locks up his card for a couple of years and -- yes, let's just say it -- it lets him believe he still really can get it done when it counts. But it also gives him a gift he didn't expect.

While he's not in the Top5 headed to East Lake, so he doesn't really "control his destiny," he's now #6 in the FedExCup rankings, and that means he WILL have a decent chance to pick up that big $10mil prize. This year has suddenly become a very, very good one for Keegan Bradley, and there's no telling where he might go from here. And that's not even counting the best part of his win.

Yes, Keegan, you DO get your very own Limerick Summary. I know you've missed getting them.
The top spot’s no longer available
But one fact is now unassailable:
Although thirty will cash,
Keegan’s final round dash
Means that eight-figure peak is still scalable.
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