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Monday, June 15, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge

Winner: Daniel Berger

Around the wider world of golf: Luke List won the Korn Ferry Challenge; and Hye-Jin Choi unofficially defended her title at the weather-shortened S-Oil Championship on the KLPGA.

Daniel Berger takes a selfie of himself with the Schwab Challenge trophy

First, let's deal with something new after three months: my Twofer Tuesday picks! I had Matt Kuchar (MC) and Justin Thomas (T10). Kuchar didn't play nearly as well as I had hoped, but JT did well until Sunday. Oh well, it was only their first week back.

As for me, my great ability to pick winners hasn't fallen off at all...
  • Top10s: 10 for 22 (5 Top5, 5 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 11 events
And then there's the photo. I usually look for a photo of the winner with the trophy -- in this case, there would also have been a tartan-style jacket -- and I found plenty. But let's face it, Berger taking a selfie seems more in the spirit of how this event actually worked, don't you think?

After three months of waiting, the final round turned out to be much closer than I expected. Some of the best players found their scoring to be a bit uneven, as Rory discovered on the front nine Sunday. Several players -- Bryson DeChambeau comes to mind -- totally shocked us all with what they did over the break.

And, I'll be honest here, I have to put Jordan Spieth in that group as well. Despite his struggles on Sunday, he played really well this week. I recall -- I believe it was early 2019 -- saying that what he needed was some time off from the Tour to work on his game alone. I just didn't expect it to happen during a pandemic.

In the end, it was the 17th that determined this event. DeChambeau lost a shot there, as did Schauffele, and then Morikawa lost one there during the playoff. Only Berger played the back nine cleanly, and he walked off with the trophy. He was playing well when the Tour had to stop, and he played well when the Tour restarted.

And that's good enough for his third Limerick Summary, which sounds a little different from how I usually write them. But then, that was the theme of golf this week, wasn't it?
Those last three months off were the worst,
But the feverish pace of the first
Event back showed the Tour
Could pick up where they were;
Daniel Berger proved that in Fort Worth.
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