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Monday, July 8, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 3M Open

Winner: Matthew Wolff

Around the wider world of golf: Jon Rahm won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on the ET; Shanshan Feng won the Thornbery Creek LPGA Classic; Ryan Brehm won the LECOM Health Challenge on the Korn Ferry Tour; Perrine Delacour won the Prasco Charity Championship on the Symetra Tour; Dawson Armstrong won the Windsor Championship on the Mackenzie Tour; and Ryo Ishikawa won the Japan PGA Championship on the Japan Golf Tour.

Matthew Wolff with 3M Open trophy

My Tuesday Twofer picks continue to struggle. I picked Joaquin Niemann (T23) to win and Doc Redman (MC) to Top10. Ironically, my picks from the week before, Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff, both finished in the Top13. Clearly I need to get my watch and calendars fixed.
  • Winners: 2 for 27
  • Place well (Top10): 11 for 27 (6 Top5 finish, 5 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 22 of 54 (11 Top5s, 11 more Top10s)
Matthew Wolff did much better than just a Top13, of course. In only his third start as a pro, he pulled off the biggest coup of them all. And he did it in style, with an eagle on the 18th to cap the eagle Bryson DeChambeau had just posted to take the lead from him! It used to be the more established players who taught the youngsters how to win. Now it appears that there's very little time for anybody to become established, and the youngsters are teaching the class!

To be honest, I think the thing I will carry away most from this win is seeing Matt collapse into his caddie's arms, crying. It's nice to know that, as much as he seems to thrive under the pressure, he isn't full of himself. He was still able to recognize how special his accomplishment was and how fortunate he was to get it done so soon.

That, and him giving his hat to a young fan while signing autographs, then posing with him while the young man's dad snapped a photo. It seems that Rickie Fowler's influence isn't going away any time soon!

So it's a real pleasure to give Matt a headstart on his young Limerick Summary collection. And he may very well amass a large one, given how appropriate his name appears to be.
Once, the shepherds on Tour led the way;
Now the wild things have come out to play.
Though the flock thinks they're tough,
That may not be enough—
There’s a Wolff wearing sheepskin today!
The photo came from the home page.

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