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Monday, May 24, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 PGA Championship

Winner: Phil Mickelson

Around the wider world of golf: Wei-Ling Hsu got her first LPGA win at the Pure Silk Championship; Allison Emrey got her first Symetra Tour win at the IOA Golf Classic; and Cameron Young won the AdventHealth Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour. Also, Shaun Norris won the Golf Partner Pro-Am on the Japan Golf Tour; Mone Inami won the Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open on the JLPGA; and Min Ji Park won the Doosan Match Play Championship on the KLPGA. [Thanks, IC!]

Phil Mickelson with Wanamaker trophy

What happened to my Twofer Tuesday picks this week? I had Rory McIlroy (T49) and Jordan Spieth (T30). It would appear that recent success and improved confidence don't necessarily translate to decent scores!

  • Top10s: 11 for 42 (7 Top5s, 4 other Top10)
  • Winners: 0 for 20 events

Yet Phil Mickelson, who had no form to speak of coming into the PGA but believed he was capable of what he did although he hadn't actually seen any evidence that it might happen this week, pulled off a history-making upset. Let's look at a short (but incomplete) list of his accomplishments this week:

  • Became the oldest winner of a major at 50 years, 11 months, 7 days
  • Joined the short list of players to win in four different decades
  • Became the 10th player to win majors in three decades
  • Got his 6th major, joining Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino at #12 on the total majors list
  • Became the first player in PGA Tour history to win tournaments 30 years apart (he's got 45 now)

But perhaps the most amazing thing is that Phil has managed to gain five more chances at winning a US Open to join that elite group of career Grand Slam winners... and he has given us a good reason to believe he just might do it.

In the meantime I hope he enjoys this very special Limerick Summary. After all, it's been a while since he got one.

Though Phil’s ways may leave us perplexed,
In majors it’s not that complex—
He’s the oldest to win.
Phil does it again
And taunts us… What will he do next?

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

2 comments:

  1. Phil The Thrill.
    Greatest Show On Earth.

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  2. Oops, you must have speed read through my earlier post. It was Shaun Norris who won in Japan in a 3-way, 3 hole sudden death playoff after Seong-hyun Kim vaulted to T11 with a final round 58, the first on the JGTO since Ryo Ishikawa in 2008.

    https://www.jgto.org/pc/TourTopicsDetailMatchEng.do?year=2020&tournaKbnCd=0&conferenceCd=98&languageKbn=1&administerNo=81

    https://www.jgto.org/pc/TourTopicsDetailMatchEng.do?year=2020&tournaKbnCd=0&conferenceCd=98&languageKbn=1&administerNo=79

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