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Monday, March 2, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 Honda Classic

Winner: Sungjae Im

Around the wider world of golf: There were a number of firsts this week, like Sami Valimaki getting his first ET win at the Oman Open; David Kocher getting his first Korn Ferry Tour title at the El Bosque Mexico Championship; Julia Engström getting her first LET title at the Women’s New South Wales Open; and Bernhard Langer getting his FORTY-first Champions Tour win at the Cologuard Classic. Poor Brad Kennedy was the odd man out, getting his eighth pro win at the New Zealand Open on the Asian Tour.

Sungjae Im with Handa Classic trophy

Well, at least my Twofer Tuesday picks managed a sweep. Both Rickie Fowler (MC) and Erik van Rooyen (MC) left PGA National on Friday evening. I suppose I should take some comfort from the fact that the Bear Trap snapped up the hopes of many of the top golfers in the field... but I don't. This was just a bad showing. There's got to be a better way to make picks!
  • Top10s: 8 for 18 (4 Top5, 4 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 9 events
Still, I would never have picked Sungjae Im out of the field. He's been a solid player for sure -- just look at how consistent he's been, despite playing more weeks than anybody else, and how impressive he was at the Presidents Cup. I don't think anybody doubted that he would eventually win.

But picking him to win at PGA National? Picking him to demolish the Bear Trap on Sunday afternoon when the leaderboard was packed and everybody was fighting their nerves? On a week with the highest winning score in a decade? Nope. Never would have guessed.

You have to be impressed by his composure and execution down the stretch. Sure, he botched one shot on 18 -- he's human, after all -- but his recovery shot was nothing short of amazing. He was as casual and relaxed as a player could be when doing what he was doing.

This is definitely going to be a trademark win for him going forward, and you have to think he's going to be on everybody's radar at THE PLAYERS in a couple of weeks. After all, if the schedule he's been playing didn't tire him out, I'm sure a couple of nights celebrating his first PGA Tour win won't affect him either!

I just hope he spares a few moments to check out his first Limerick Summary. That's a landmark achievement as well!
Im plays the game week after week
With his mad skills defying critique.
All the praise was backed up
At the Presidents Cup;
Now he’s ended his “should have won” streak.
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