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Monday, December 2, 2019

The Limerick Summary: 2019 Alfred Dunhill Championship

Winner: Pablo Larrazábal

Around the wider world of golf: Anne Van Dam won the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España on the LET; Kyung-Tae Kim won the Casio World Open on the Japan Golf Tour; and the KLPGA beat the LPGA 15-9 at the OrangeLife Champions Trophy Park Inbee Invitational team event. (Thanks again, IC!)

Pablo Larrazábal with Alfred Dunhill trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks went pretty much like normal this week. I had Eddie Pepperell (T19) to win and Brandon Stone (T59) to Top10. I thought Pepperell just got off to a slow start in Round 1, but he crashed and burned in Round 2 and never recovered..
  • Winners: 3 for 48
  • Place well (Top10): 20 for 48 (12 Top5s, 8 more Top10s)
  • Overall Top10s: 37 of 96 (22 Top5s, 15 more Top10s)
Ironically, I had considered picking Pablo Larrazábal but ruled him out because of poor play. Since his T7 at the Porsche European Open in July, he hadn't done much at all.

And let's be honest, after entering the final round with a three-shot lead, he didn't look to do much better this week. After waking up with severe blisters on his right foot, he proceeded to shoot a six-over 41 on the front nine to lose his lead and perhaps even his chance to win. Before it was over, he had taken six bogeys and a double...

Before making birdies on three of the last four holes to win by one over Joel Sjoholm.

Pablo is just the latest player to be inspired by Tiger ("I said to myself, ‘If Tiger can win a U.S. Open with a broken leg…’ and I just fought hard”) and pull out an unexpected win. Hopefully he pulled out some medicine for those blisters as well! Perhaps his first win in four-and-a-half years -- and a shiny new Limerick Summary -- will ease the pain while he heals.
The field started out three behind…
Then Pablo shot plus six for nine!
He looked to be done
But he went on a run—
Got the win and (I hope) calamine.
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