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Monday, August 31, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 BMW Championship

Winner: Jon Rahm

Around the wider world of golf: Rasmus Højgaard won the ISPS HANDA UK Championship on the ET; Austin Ernst won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on the LPGA; Fatima Fernandez Cano won the IOA Championship on the Symetra Tour; Phil Mickelson won his Champions Tour debut at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National; Brandon Wu won the Korn Ferry Tour Championship; Daniel van Tonder won the African Bank ST C/Ship on the Sunshine Tour; Aline Krauter won the Women's British Amateur; Yuka Saso won the Nittori Ladies on the JLPGA; and Hanbyul Kim won the Hazzys Golf KPGA Open on the KPGA. (Thanks, IC!)

Jon Rahm with BMW trophies

One of my Twofer Tuesday picks was no surprise. I had Dustin Johnson (2) and Collin Morikawa (T20). Collin must still need some time to get back in the groove but Dustin handed me an expected Top5.

  • Top10s: 18 for 44 (8 Top5, 10 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 1 for 22 events

DJ almost gave me another win, despite the vast difference in conditions from last week's event. Olympia Fields was a bone fide US Open layout this week and it took its toll on the field. (Definitely good prep for the real US Open in a few weeks, though.) That 43-footer DJ sank on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Jon Rahm was amazing, and gave us the rare chance to see World #1 and World #2 face off for a title.

And then all Jon did on the first playoff hole was sink a curling 66-footer of his own for birdie, forcing Dustin to sink another bomb if he wanted a chance for the title. He nearly made it... but 'nearly' isn't good enough these days. Rahm got his second PGA Tour win this season.

Is it any surprise that the few spectators in attendance went berserk? It was an unbelievable finish!

Interestingly enough, World #1 and World #2 go into the Tour Championship as FedExCup Points leaders #1 and #2, respectively, as well.

There's really nothing more I can say about this week. The caliber of play between Rahmbo and DJ has taken this shortened playoff series to a place I don't think the Playoffs have ever been, and words seem inadequate to describe it. I'll just give Jon his due with his second Limerick Summary of the season, and we'll see what happens next week!

It rolled sixty-six feet till it dropped
And the hearts of those there nearly stopped;
Rahm was up to the task.
He did all that was asked…
And Olympia Fields? It got rocked!

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