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Monday, June 22, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 RBC Heritage

Winner: Webb Simpson

Around the wider world of golf: Chris Kirk won the King and Bear Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour; and So Yeon Ryu won the KIA Motors Korea Women's Open on the KLPGA.

Webb Simpson with the RBC Heritage trophy and tartan jacket

Once again my Twofer Tuesday picks were unsurprisingly mediocre -- at least, they were compared to the scoring barrage we saw this week. I had Collin Morikawa (T64) and Bryson DeChambeau (T8). Of the two, I felt Bryson was the least likely to give me a winner but he surprised everyone yet again by showing his brawn hasn't diminished his touch.
  • Top10s: 11 for 24 (5 Top5, 6 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 12 events
On the other hand, Webb Simpson's steady plod to the victor's circle wasn't surprising at all. I mean, Webb's rise from the depths of the anchored putting ban is well documented and we all know by now that it wasn't a fluke. It was just the result of hard work -- in its own way, just as impressive as Bryson's weight and distance gain -- and a growing perspective on his life and the relative importance of this game within it.

Alright, that's enough with the philosophical analysis. But you don't learn to play as steadily as Webb does these days just by learning technique. That's clear enough from the number of textbook swingers on Tour who struggle just to keep their cards.

And to do so with the distraction of a storm delay and the uncertainty of whether you'll even finish the round before nightfall makes it all the more amazing. Well done, Webb!

So, appropriately enough, I guess we can say lightning has struck twice. Webb picked up his second win of 2020 (the first was back in Phoenix, which seems like a decade ago) and his second Limerick Summary with a record tournament score at Hilton Head. I guess, given the disruption caused by COVID-19, we should get used to extreme performances in its wake as well.
No thunder or lightning deterred
Webb from having the very last word
At the Harbour Town course.
Down the stretch, he’s a force
‘Cause he’s grown to be more self-assured.
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