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Monday, April 26, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 Zurich Classic

Winner: Marc Leishman/Cameron Smith

Around the wider world of golf: Brooke Henderson got her tenth LPGA victory at the HUGEL-JTBC LA Open; Garrick Higgo got his second ET win at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open; Bailey Tardy got her first Symetra Tour win at the Copper Rock Championship; Tyson Alexander won his first Korn Ferry Tour victory at the Veritex Bank Championship; Oliver Bekker won the Limpopo Championship on the Sunshine Tour; Min Ji Park won the Nexen Saint Nine Masters on the KLPGA; Mone Inami won the Fujisankei Ladies Classic on the JLPGA; and Riyuka Hoshino won the Kansei Open on the Japan Golf Tour [thanks again, IC!].

Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith with the Zurich belts and trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks came so close. I had Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele (T11) and Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose (T11). Just one spot out of the Top10!

  • Top10s: 10 for 34 (6 Top5s, 4 other Top10)
  • Winners: 0 for 16 events

It's funny, really. One of my teams had two major winners, and one of the final contenders had two major winners... just wasn't the team I picked.

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel (from South Africa) led Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith (from Australia) by a single shot when the day began. And after a lot of back and forth, with one team surging ahead while the other fell back -- and vice versa -- it came down to a single-hole playoff where Louis hit maybe the worst shot he'd hit all week, dumping it into the water.

The Australians were left with a two-putt to win. They only needed one.

The irony is that, in the last Presidents Cup, Els didn't put Leish and Cam together because stats said there were better combinations. (In case players have somehow missed it, stats aren't always correct.) I suspect International Captain Trevor Immelman won't make that same mistake!

But in the meantime, the Aussies can bask in the glow of their well-deserved Limerick Summary... and I suppose they might enjoy all the bling that comes with the win as well. To each his own.

‘Down under’ is where they began,
One back—that was Leishman and Cam.
When the final putt fell
All of Oz gave a yell
As the two passed the final exam.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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