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Monday, March 11, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Winner: Francesco Molinari

Around the wider world of golf: Justin Harding got his first ET win at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters; in her professional debut, Alana Uriell won the first-ever SKYiGOLF Championship on the Symetra Tour; Kirk Triplett won the Hoag Classic on the Champions Tour; and Meghan MacLaren won the Women’s New South Wales Open on the LET.

Francesco Molinari with API trophy and the Palmer red alpaca sweater

First, my Tuesday Twofers update: I picked Rory McIlroy (T6) to win and Jason Day (WD) to Top10. Not much I can do about an unexpected WD, and Rory's putting woes surprised me as well. Still, even with all the problems, I did add another Top10 finish:
  • Winners: 2 for 10
  • Place well (Top10): 7 for 10 (4 Top5 finish, 3 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 13 of 20 (6 Top5s, 7 more Top10s)
But there's no question the right man won the API. Francesco Molinari did what he's been doing for the last year or so -- just showing up at an event, hanging in there while everyone else struggles, and then putting together a great final round to get the job done.

During the fourth round, while so many of the big hitters were playing from the rough, Francesco calmly hit 12/14 fairways. From there he hit 14/18 greens and got up-and-down 2/2 times, posting eight birdies and NO bogeys in the final round. And it was his fourth final round of 64 since the 2016-17 season started; only Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland have as many.

I became a Molinari fan and started writing about his potential years ago. Now, with his fourth worldwide win in the last twelve months, Francesco has announced his intent to become a major force in the game -- as well as a major collector of Limerick Summaries. And who am I to argue?
Francesco was quiet all week,
Then Sunday he started to sneak
Through the field to the front.
From the rough came the grunts
Of respect from the bombers he beat.
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