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Monday, March 9, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Winner: Tyrrell Hatton

Around the wider world of golf: Jorge Campillo got his second ET win at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters; Ernie Els got his first Champions Tour win at the Hoag Classic; Alexandre Rocha won the Estrella del Mar Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Janie Jackson got her first pro win at the Florida's Natural Charity Classic on the Symetra Tour; Trevor Simsby won the Malaysian Open on the Asian Tour; and Musiwalo Nethunzwi won the Sunshine Tour's Vusi Ngubeni Tournament.

Tyrrell Hatton with API trophy and cardigan

Did the weather derail my Twofer Tuesday picks, Rory McIlroy (T5) and Henrik Stenson (MC)? Perhaps. At least Rory held on to give me a T5 this week. I thought Henrik would be ready to go after his brief off-season, but I guess a little rust and a lotta wind don't work well together.
  • Top10s: 9 for 20 (5 Top5, 4 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 10 events
But who would expect Tyrrell Hatton to emerge as the winner at Bay Hill? By his own admission he tends to sabotage hiself, simply because he has trouble controlling his emotions. (BTW, that doesn't change the fact that he's an incredible player. It just makes it that much harder for his abilities to win out.)

He almost did it again, after dunking his drive in the lake on 11... and then stubbing the pitch, which he followed with a short tantrum and a divot that had nothing to do with the shot... and then a bad putt, followed by an entire series of theatrics that ended with not one but two, shall we say, rude gestures toward the lake. You're telling me that this is the guy who's going to win?

Ironically, Hatton said he could have done worse. His caddie said he would have broken a club had that happened just a year ago.

Apparently they were both correct. Hatton pulled it together and parred the final seven holes to beat Marc Leishman by a single shot.

Perhaps this win will be the tipping point in his efforts to gain better control of his emotions. He's exempt for three years on the PGA Tour now and, while that card may not actually be necessary to prove a player's worth, it certainly opens the door to some serious opportunities. It also gives him a Limerick Summary, which I understand the ET wishes they had more chances to offer as well. (Hey, it's nothing personal, guys. I just happen to be an American who covers our tour most of the time!)
After Tyrrell splashed in for a double
His emotions moaned, “Man, you’re in trouble!”
But he learned he still led;
Hopeful thoughts filled his head
And he parred in… with just a few grumbles.
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