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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Winner: Phil Mickelson

Around the wider world of golf: At the multi-tour-sponsored ISPS Handa Vic Open (ET, LPGA, Australasian, ALPG), David Law won the men's event and Celine Boutier won the women's event; Bernhard Langer won the Oasis Championship on the Champions Tour; and Michael Gligic won the Tour's Panamá Championship.

Phil Mickelson hoists fifth AT&T trophy

First, my results from last week: I successfully picked Phil to win, but was less successful with Kuchar as a Top10 (he finished T22). My totals for 2019 look like this:
  • Winners: 2 for 6
  • Place well (Top10): 4 for 6 (2 Top5 finish, 2 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 8 of 12 (4 Top5s, 4 more Top10s)
Granted, it took Phil five days to get that win but -- like him -- I'm not complaining. It was vintage Phil, with an unexpected bogey-free 64 during that bizarre last round that boasted heavy wind, sunshine, rain, even hail. Phil's 44-win total now trails the great Walter Hagen by just one.

I should also mention Paul Casey, who, although he didn't win, secured a solo second for himself and a team win for his partner Don Colleran. That was a great finish on a course that he doesn't have a great record on and bodes well for him going forward this year as well.

There's not really a lot more I can say about this win that hasn't already been talked up in the media. A win and a runner-up in just three starts this year, and the win came on the course that's already been narrowed for the US Open, albeit a very soft course that made Phil's wayward drives a bit more playable. The big question is how Phil will handle a harder, faster course in June.

But there's no question how Phil will handle his latest Limerick Summary. This was a major achievement, without a doubt!
A warm-up for June, many thought;
So wrong! “Warm” was NOT what they got!
But nevertheless
Phil was up to the test—
Can he do it again when it’s hot?
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