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Monday, February 25, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 WGC-Mexico

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Around the wider world of golf: Amy Yang won her third Honda LPGA Thailand title; Martin Trainer got his first PGA Tour win at the Puerto Rico Open, the Tour's alternate field event; Marianne Skarpnord won the Pacific Bay Resort Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville on the LET; and Jazz Janewattananond won the SMBC Singapore Open on the Asian Tour.

Dustin Johnson with the Gene Sarazen Cup

First, my results from last week: I picked Tiger Woods (T10) to win and Justin Thomas (9) to Top10. While my winner percentage isn't great, I'm doing pretty well for Top10 finishes:
  • Winners: 2 for 8
  • Place well (Top10): 6 for 8 (3 Top5 finish, 3 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 11 of 16 (5 Top5s, 6 more Top10s)
I thought Tiger might make a run on Saturday but the greens caught up with him (as they did for almost everybody except DJ). Still, I feel pretty good about my record so far this year. I remember plenty of years where I didn't fare this well, even when picking five players at majors.

I can truthfully say that I didn't even have DJ in my sights at this event. I know he won back in 2017, but that's the year he was playing so well just before getting injured during Masters Week. While he's played well since -- six worldwide wins after that WGC win -- it didn't seem to me that he was quite back in that dominant form.

His performance this week has made me reconsider. He absolutely blitzed the field, even widening his margin over Rory in the final round (five strokes over second place, ten strokes over third). His own comments after the round confirmed that he believes his game is finally ready for the majors again. And although he probably won't say it, I suspect he is already planning to wipe that confident smirk off the face of one Brooks Koepka.

No, DJ hasn't forgotten that some think "Little Brother" is better than him. Don't you dare think he has!

With his 20th Tour win (and accompanying lifetime PGA Tour membership), his sixth WGC (second only to Tiger), the fact that he'll be retaking the #1 spot in the OWGR in a week or so (he's just .64 points behind Rose now), and his apparent return to his 2017 form, DJ has clearly put himself in the "major" contender position for the Masters. But in the meantime, he'll have to settle for a WGC Limerick Summary. We'll see if he can grab a bigger one in the next few months!
His sixth World Golf Championship win
And, soon, Number One once again—
That’s DJ. I’d wager
His eye’s on a major
Or two, to wipe off Koepka’s grin!
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