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Monday, August 16, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 Wyndham Championship

Winner: Kevin Kisner

Around the wider world of golf: Ryann O'Toole got her first LPGA and LET wins at the Trust Golf Women's Scottish Open; Lilia Vu got her third win of the season at the Symetra Tour's Four Winds Invitational; Calum Hill got his first European Tour title at the Cazoo Classic; Doug Barron got his second Champions Tour win at the Shaw Charity Classic; David Skinns won his second Pinnacle Bank Championship title on the Korn Ferry Tour; Trevor Werbylo got his first pro win at the Forme Tour's Fuzzy Zoeller Classic; James Piot won the US Amateur Championship; Yeosub Seo won the KPGA Championship; So Mi Lee got her second KLPGA title at the Dayouwinia MBN Ladies Open; and Sakura Koiwai got her fifth JLPGA win at the NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament. [Thanks, IC!]

Kevin Kisner with the Wyndham trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks were a disappointment this week. I had Hideki Matsuyama (MC) and Louis Oosthuizen (DNP). Hideki looked good the first round but I guess the excitement from Tokyo finally caught up with him, and Louis apparently withdrew from the event after I checked for withdrawals. Just my luck!

  • Top10s: 19 for 66 (15 Top5s, 4 other Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 32 events

A six-man playoff. Totally insane! And it would have been seven men had Russell Henley managed a par on the final hole. Unfortunately, leading for 71 holes wasn't good enough. But SIX MEN!


And it was a real cross-section of the field. Adam Scott, Si Woo Kim, Branden Grace, Kevin Na, Roger Sloan and Kevin Kisner -- you had players from just about every level of experience teeing it up for extra holes.

You also got to see how to play the 18th from every possible spot -- from the rough, the bunkers, the fairway, short of the green, long to the green, uphill, downhill, sidehill. Adam Scott gave himself the best chance at birdie on the first playoff hole, only to spend several minutes watching the others make amazing pars... and one badly-read putt gave him par as well.

On the second trip down it was more of the same but this time Kevin Kisner stuck it even closer... and he didn't miss.

This was the first time in six tries that Kis has won a playoff.  And he DID win it, as none of the guys he beat shot less than 66. It was a day of 'ball in hand, we might have to deal with rain' play and the scores showed it.

Kisner hadn't won since the 2019 WGC-Dell Match Play. Perhaps it's appropriate that he finally won a playoff that looked more like a multi-player match play scramble!

The big question now is whether Captain Stricker will invite him onto the US Ryder Cup team. (Stricks does have six picks this time.) But there is NO question that Kis gets a shiny new Limerick Summary. In fact... here it is!

Six battled, just one took the prize.
Down 18, most played from tough lies
And couldn’t close out…
Till Kis staged a rout
With a birdie that spelled their demise.

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