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Monday, June 28, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 Travelers Championship

Winner: Harris English

Around the wider world of golf: Nelly Korda moved to the #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings by winning her first LPGA major at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship; Steve Stricker won his third Champions Tour victory at the Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship; Viktor Hovland became the first Norwegian winner in European Tour history at the BMW International Open; Chad Ramey won the inaugural Live and Work in Maine Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; Meghan MacLaren won the Prasco Charity Championship on the Symetra Tour; Conner Godsey won the Banco del Pacífico Open on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica; Atthaya Thitikul won the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open on the LET; and Ryosuke Kinoshita won the Dunlop SRIXON Fukushima Open on the Japan Golf Tour.

Harris English with Travelers trophy

Well, after two glorious weeks my Twofer Tuesday picks are back on form. I had Patrick Cantlay (T13) and Paul Casey (T36). What else can I say?

  • Top10s: 15 for 52 (11 Top5s, 4 other Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 25 events

For a while it looked as if Nelly Korda and Steve Stricker were going to steal the spotlight this weekend. Both won their majors by fairly large margins -- Stricks won by 6 and Nelly by 3 (although second place finisher Lizette Salas was 6 ahead of third place, making Nelly's win a legitimate runaway). But while Nelly did mention Bubba Watson and Matt Wolff as players who helped her mentally this week, that hardly helped the Travelers, did it?

Then came the playoff in Connecticut. Harris English and Kramer Hickok went toe-to-toe for eight holes, an extra two hours of play, each man making incredible shots that the other matched, before Harry emerged as winner.

It was the longest playoff in Travelers history and tied the record for the second-longest playoff in PGA Tour history.

Suddenly the Travelers event wasn't an also-ran after all!

Kramer didn't get his first PGA Tour win as he had hoped, but now everybody knows his name and just how tough he is under pressure. Things are also going to change for him going forward, not least of which is due to the 300 FedExCup points he gained. That catapulted him from outside the Top125 all the way up into the Top70.

As for Harry, he joined the ranks of multiple Tour winners this season... and you know what that means. Multiple Limerick Summaries! Man, some guys have all the luck!

Both Harris and Kramer had goals
That took those two EIGHT extra holes
To get the job done.
And while Harris won,
I bet both guys’ shoes need new soles!

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

2 comments:

  1. Between work and health issues I neglected to post the winners of the other events in Asia. I'm correcting that oversight now.
    Jin Hee Im was the unlikely winner of the BC Card Hankyung Ladies Cup on the KLPGA, the first of her career, as she posted at 10 under and had to wait as those above her when the day started ran into difficulties, mostly on the reachable par 5 18th.
    The KPGA contested one of their majors, the Kolon 63rd Korea Open, and Junseok Lee held on for a one shot victory.
    Erika Kikuchi went wire to wire to claim the JLPGA's Earth Mondahmin Cup.

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    1. I hope you're feeling better, IC. And I appreciate you making time to add the Asian results to this post. Get well soon!!!

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