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Monday, July 29, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 WGC-FedEx St Jude

Winner: Brooks Koepka

Around the wider world of golf: Bernhard Langer shocked the field with his fourth Senior OPEN title on the Champions Tour; Jin Young Ko slipped easily through the field for her second LPGA major of the year, the Evian Championship; Harry Higgs won the Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Joey Lane won the weather-shortened 36-hole Dongguan Open on the PGA TOUR China; Jazz Janewattananond won the Kolon Korea Open on the Asian Tour; Robynn Ree won The CDPHP Open on the Symetra Tour; and Collin Morikawa joined classmate Matt Wolff as a new PGA Tour member by winning the Barracuda Championship, the Tour's alternate-field event.

Brooks Koepka with the Gary Player Cup

Perhaps it was a cheap way to pad my stats, but at least I made another good pick. I picked Justin Thomas (T12) to win and Brooks Koepka (1) to Top10. Apparently Brooks felt the need to play better after that horrible final round start at Portrush, and JT continued to play well during his comeback from the wrist injury.
  • Winners: 2 for 30
  • Place well (Top10): 14 for 30 (9 Top5s, 5 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 25 of 60 (14 Top5s, 11 more Top10s)
As you would have gathered from my Twofer Tuesday post last week, while I thought Brooks would be a bit riled by his OPEN play and he has played well in the past at Memphis, I wasn't sure how much energy he would have and still considered him a bit of a gambler's pick. After all, Brooks himself said he was more tired than he expected after the US Open and blamed that for some of his struggles.

Sunday shaped up to be a duel between two bombers, Brooks and Rory McIlroy. Rory had found some magic himself on the range after missing the cut at Portrush, and was ready to pick up a third win this year. He had a one-shot lead on Brooks as the day started but, after Brooks made three birdies in the first six holes, a birdieless Rory never challenged again. Brooks ran off to a three-shot victory over Webb Simpson.

The knock on Koepka has been that he just can't 'get up' for any event but the Big Four. But if Brooks has truly figured out how to win tournaments that aren't majors, the rest of the Tour could be in trouble... especially with the FedExCup playoffs on the horizon. At any rate, he picks up his first Limerick Summary for a WGC win.

And also a heartfelt thank-you from me. Another Top10 for the stats!
Apparently Brooks got it worked out:
The best way to turn ‘loss’ to ‘knockout’
Is just to not let up.
He changed “couldn’t-get-up”
To “I-went-deep-leaving-no-more-doubt.”
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