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Monday, July 19, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 THE OPEN

Winner: Collin Morikawa

Around the wider world of golf: Seamus Power won the Barbasol Championship, the alternate field event on the PGA Tour; the team of Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on the LPGA; Emma Broze won the rain-shortened Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic on the Symetra Tour; Matilda Castren won the 2021 Gant Ladies Open on the LET (I think that makes her eligible for the Solheim Cup); Taylor Moore won the Memorial Health Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Ye Sung Jun won the KLPGA'S Ever Collegen Queen's Crown; and Maiko Wakabayashi won the JLPGA's GMO Internet Ladies Samantha Thavasa Global Cup. [Thanks again, IC!]

Collin Morikawa holds the Claret Jug

Things went much better for my Twofer Tuesday picks over on the links. I had Louis Oosthuizen (T3) and Jon Rahm (T3). I didn't get the winner like I'd hoped, but I'll gladly take two Top5s!

  • Top10s: 17 for 58 (13 Top5s, 4 other Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 28 events

To some degree, my success this week is a function of how well the top players did at Royal St. George's. Roughly eight of the eleven players who made the Top10 were definitely on the short list of likely winners.

And as usual, links golf proved that being long isn't necessarily the key to victory. Of the Top4 finishers, only Jon Rahm has a driving average over 300 yards for the season (307.7 yards, 20th on Tour). But if you compare their stats for the season, Collin Morikawa is dramatically better in Strokes Gained for Driving Accuracy and GIR (11th and 2nd, respectively). And he used these skills to great effect over the weekend in England.

Of course, there's no stat for staying calm or making wise decisions, both of which Collin did with amazing consistency. Even after he won, the victory speech he gave will be remembered less for talking about his win and more for thanking his team and the crowds, reminding the crowd to be thankful for being able to have and attend THE OPEN this year, and even for getting the crowd to sing 'Happy Birthday' to his caddie.

I suppose a huge number of parents watching the event expressed a desire that their daughters would marry Collin Morikawa. He's so sweet and polite!

But make no mistake: If Matt Kuchar is the 'Smiling Assassin' then Collin is golf's equivalent of Genghis Khan. He and Tiger are the only players to win two majors before they turned 25, and Collin was a speed demon getting there, requiring only eight majors to win two. Nobody else is better than ten! And he didn't seem surprised by winning two so quickly.

Or so politely.

So Collin also sets the record for getting two Limerick Summaries for majors won. The rest of the Tour better watch out -- it seems the new Khan has his eyes on an empire of his own!

Impatient—that’s Collin alright.
His star’s rising fast, burning bright,
Rewriting golf history.
But here’s the real mystery:
How can he? He’s too darn polite!

The photo comes from this page at skysports.com.

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