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Monday, October 22, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges

Winner: Brooks Koepka

Around the wider world of golf: Danielle Kang beat seven runner-ups to claim her second LPGA victory at the Buick LPGA Shanghai; Woody Austin won the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, the first of the Champions Tour playoff events; Harry Higgs won the Diners Club Peru Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; and Becky Morgan won her first LET title at the Hero Women’s Indian Open. The ET's weather-delayed Andalucía Valderrama Masters finishes up today.

Brooks Koepka with the CJ Cup trophy

Now the boys on Tour should be starting to get a bit worried...

Brooks was out for a few months early in the year. Then all he did was win two majors and the Player of the Year trophy. And now he's added another worldwide win to his total and move to Number One in the OWGR, shoving his old buddy Dustin Johnson out of the way in the process.

Do you think he feels a bit underappreciated?

Seriously -- was this tournament ever really in doubt after the third round? I know Gary Woodland made a big run at Brooks, actually tying the lead for a while. But Brooks shot a 29 on the way in -- a 29, folks! Nobody was going to stay with him at that point.

So now the analysts will begin their attempts to predict what he might do going forward. Without a doubt, this has been a banner year for Brooks. I already had him in the top spot on my RGWR. In my opinion, the OWGR is a bit behind. But we've seen players rack up great years, only to stumble a bit from fatigue or whatever and not be able to get back to that high level again -- at least, not for a while.

I don't know if Brooks will have that problem. He says that he isn't going to change anything -- and that's good, but I don't think change can be prevented. Even though he won't try to change his game, change is the rule in this life and he's going to have to juggle his own expectations as he moves forward. That alone will give him all he can handle in his attempts to keep it all going.

Still, I wouldn't want to bet against him. I'd much rather be at the height Brooks has reached and try to stay there than to try and fight my way up from underneath. And I don't envy those players trying to take him down a notch, given the beating he's laid on them this season! So I'll just give him yet another Limerick Summary, sit back and watch the fireworks going forward... because I'm sure there will be plenty!
Two majors this year weren’t enough
So Brooks showed the whole world how tough
He can be. No beginner—
The POY winner’s
Now World Number One. He’s hot stuff!
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