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Monday, January 27, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 Farmers Insurance Open

Winner: Marc Leishman

Around the wider world of golf: Madelene Sagstrom got her first LPGA win at the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio; and Lucas Herbert got his first European Tour win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Marc Leishman with Farmers Insurance Open trophy

My Twofer Tuesday came through but proved how fragile 'chalk' picks can be. I had Tiger Woods (T9) and Rory McIlroy (T3). Tiger barely made the Top10, though I blame that as much on new equipment as rust, and Rory simply had a rough Sunday.
  • Top10s: 5 for 8 (2 Top5, 3 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 4 events
Like Rory, a lot of the field had rough days on Sunday. I didn't expect Tiger to win going into Sunday because, while he was just five shots back on a tough course, there were 16 players ahead of him. That's a lot of people to pass, especially if you need help to win. And Rory, while only having to catch two players, couldn't count on a good round when he needed it.

And then a guy like Marc Leishman completely upsets the odds by having a great day. Starting the final round sandwiched between Tiger and Rory (who were -7 and -9, respectively), he leapfrogged everybody else when they simply couldn't find the magic. Overnight leader Jon Rahm went four-over in the first five holes, dropping all the way back into a tie with Leish...

Or at least he would have if Leish hadn't gone three-under in those same five holes. It was a reversal nobody expected... and Leish made the most of it. In that final round he hit only three -- THREE! -- fairways on a course that demands accuracy, and still posted a seven-under 65! He hit almost 78% of his GIR, got up-and-down at nearly every green he missed and finished the week #1 in SG: Putting.

After an absence from the winner's circle that was closing on two years, Leish's putter carried him right back there.. and it did so in style. He also picked up a stylish new Limerick Summary. It's been nearly two years since he had one of those as well.
Leish struggled to hit the ball straight…
But he scrambled and putted just great!
Though a two-year win drought
Might have made others doubt,
Leishman stepped up and ended the wait.
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