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Monday, October 28, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 ZOZO Championship

Winner: Tiger Woods

Around the wider world of golf: Steven Brown got his first ET victory at the Portugal Masters; HaNa Jang won the BMW Ladies Championship on the LPGA; and César Costilla won the Abierto del Litoral OSDE on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica (I believe this was a Dev Series event).

Tiger winning the ZOZO Championship

Alas, my Twofer Tuesday luck was not to last. I had Jason Day (T22) to win and Justin Thomas (T17) to Top10. The other three players in the Skins Game earlier this week ALL had Top3 finishes. *sigh*
  • Winners: 3 for 43
  • Place well (Top10): 18 for 43 (10 Top5s, 8 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 34 of 86 (19 Top5s, 15 more Top10s)
Of course, Rory was T3, Hideki got the fans all worked up with a runner-up finish...

And Tiger walked away with the win and yet another spot in history.

Look, you don't need me to rehash the last few days. GC, ESPN and just about every other sports outlet will be revisiting Tiger's win over the next week so you'll get your fill. But I do think it's worth taking a moment to reconsider Tiger's play since the Masters and what we learned.

Given Tiger's admission that he had intended to have that knee surgery in fall 2018 but postponed it because he was playing so well, and that the knee had become progressively more debilitating after the Masters, and knowing that all the pros struggled to rest during the revamped season, and then seeing how he played this week under stressful conditions and long chilly wet days... I think we're going to have to reassess our expectations for him going forward.

I don't expect Tiger to suddenly begin playing the way he did before all the physical problems; that's just unrealistic. Cold wet days are still going to have an effect on him, as will the compressed schedule and days with more than 18 holes. But we're unlikely to see the fall-off in play after this win that we saw after the Masters... and truthfully, we have no idea exactly what to expect going forward, as we have yet another never-before-seen set of circumstances in Tiger's career.

But what we do know is this: Tiger has three wins in 13 months, the countdown to win #83 has begun and we'll probably see Tiger as a playing captain at the Presidents Cup. Oh yeah, and we know he just added another Limerick Summary to his collection.
Hey, Sam, make some room at the top—
Looks like Tiger’s about to get hot!
He’s back from the bottom.
82 wins? He’s got’em
And I don’t think he’s planning to stop!
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