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Monday, December 7, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 Mayakoba Golf Classic

Winner: Viktor Hovland

Around the wider world of golf: Angela Stanford won the Volunteers of America Classic on the LPGA; Christiaan Bezuidenhout won for the second week in a row at the South African Open while Antoine Rozner won the Golf in Dubai Championship, both on the ET; and of course I would be amiss if I didn't mention the passing of legend Peter Alliss.

Viktor Hovland with Mayakoba trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks didn't do so well. My "wind player" strategy didn't play out after all. I had Brian Gay (DNP) and Abraham Ancer (T12). Brian apparently withdrew before the event began -- he was on the list I saw -- but Abraham came pretty close.

  • Top10s: 26 for 68 (10 Top5, 16 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 3 for 34 events

But it seems that Viktor Hovland not only managed to play the wind but the water as well. I give Aaron Wise full marks for making a tournament of it but he just had to make up too much ground during the final round.

And playing in a deluge does make that kind of performance difficult. But Wise posted a 63 -- that's nothing to sneeze at!

Still, Hovland just didn't give anybody much of a chance. His 65 contained a single bogey on the 12th. Other than that, he just kept moving ahead.

This is Hovland's second PGA Tour victory (Viktory?) and his second of 2020. (He won the Puerto Rico Open -- the alternate event to the WGC-Mexico -- back in February.) So I guess this year hasn't been as bad for him as it has for some players!

And with this event the PGA Tour calls it quits for the remainder of 2020. It's all unofficial events in December.

But for Viktor Hovland, it's his first official Limerick Summary this week. It's going to be a nice Christmas for the only Norwegian golfer to win a PGA Tour event.

"When it rains, it pours,” some people say
So on this event’s rainy last day
Viktor poured the putts in
And sailed off with the win
While the field’s hopes were all washed away.

The photo came from the tournament page at

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