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Monday, June 7, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 Memorial

Winner: Patrick Cantlay

Around the wider world of golf: There were a number of playoff wins this week! Yuka Saso got one at the US Women's Open on the LPGA; Mito Pereira got one at the REX Hospital Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; Pia Babnik got one at the Jabra Ladies Open on the LET; and Hana Jang got one at the KLPGA'S Lotte Open. Among 'normal' wins, Alex Haindl won the SunBet Challenge on the Sunshine Tour; Stephen Ames won the Principal Charity Classic on the Champions Tour; Ritsuko Ryu won the Yonex Ladies on the JLPGA; Dong-min Lee won the Descente Korea Munsingwear Match Play Championship on the KPGA; and Ryosuke Kinoshita won The Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup Shishedo Hills. (Thanks for the Asian Tours updates, IC!)

Patrick Cantlay with Memorial trophy

The pandemic gypped me out of a probable winner. My Twofer Tuesday picks this week were Collin Morikawa (P2) and Jon Rahm (WD). I had a chance at two Top5s and the winner before Jon -- with a six-stroke lead -- had to withdraw after testing positive. At least I got one Top5. (And yes, that P2 means Collin lost in a playoff.)

  • Top10s: 13 for 46 (9 Top5s, 4 other Top10)
  • Winners: 0 for 22 events

Of course, when Jon WDed he left Collin and Patrick Cantlay tied at the top. Neither player set the course on fire (both shot -1 for the final round) although heavy rains certainly share some of the blame. In any case, they held on well enough to go to a playoff.

That lasted precisely one hole, which Patrick won with a par. It was his second victory at Muirfield Village.

Jon's positive covid test definitely put a damper on the final round, with Jack Nicklaus saying he felt sorry for Jon, fans and sponsors but also for the eventual winner, who might feel the victory was a bit hollow since Jon had such a huge lead. But I like what Patrick told about it:

“I'll definitely remember it slightly different. But the way it felt today, it felt no different. It is a very unfortunate situation and not anything I would wish on anybody. (Jon) played so great for the first three rounds. So there's a little something that I can't quite put my finger on that makes it feel a little different but I really hit a lot of clutch solid shots today and so I think I'll remember that mostly,” Cantlay said of the circumstances.

So today's Limerick Summary simply turned out to be a bit prophetic. I can't help but wonder what Patrick might do at the US Open in a couple of weeks.

When Jon Rahm withdrew from the field
And his huge lead could no longer build,
Patrick Cantlay swept in
And walked off with the win…
But I know that he’s still just as thrilled!

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