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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 Northern Trust

Winner: Tony Finau

Around the wider world of golf: Anna Nordqvist won the AIG Women's Open; Ron Pampling won the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour; Greyson Sigg won the Albertsons Boise Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; Noah Steele won the Osprey Valley Open on the Mackenzie Tour; Johannes Veerman won the D+D Real Czech Masters on the ET; Hee Jeong Lim won the KLPGA's HighOne Resort Ladies Open; Sakura Koiwai won the JLPGA's CAT Ladies Golf Tournament; and Kazuki Higa won the JGTO Sega Sammy Cup. [Thanks, IC!]

Tony Finau with Northern Trust trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks struggled this week. I had Xander Schauffele (T16) and Abraham Ancer (T64). How much of that struggle was weather-related, I don't know.

  • Top10s: 19 for 68 (15 Top5s, 4 other Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 33 events

The Monday finish pushed me for time -- the Limerick Summary is always a bit tricky -- so I'll make this short.

Tropical Storm Henri had a twofold effect. It both strained the players with the somewhat unpredictable schedule while making Liberty National much easier to attack. And with the field as stacked as it was, it was anybody's guess who would get the job done.

But we got a surprise. Tony Finau has been criticized repeatedly for not stepping up and closing out events. Well, he definitely did it this time. Nobody shot a lower round on Monday -- that birdie-eagle-birdie stretch on 12-14, plus the birdie on 16 sent him into a playoff with Cam Smith, who shot a 67 and still came up short.

As for the playoff, Cam hit a wild drive while Tony calmly piped one down the middle. Game, set and match!

So Tony ends a five-year winless streak with a huge tournament that puts him on top of the FedExCup Points race. That definitely deserves a Limerick Summary!

Ironically, Henri or no,
The Finau drought ended. The flow
Of Tony’s smooth swing
Overwhelmed everything
Mother Nature could bring to the show.

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