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Monday, October 18, 2021

The Limerick Summary: 2021 CJ Cup

Winner: Rory McIlroy

Around the wider world of golf: Matt Fitzpatrick won the Estrella Damm N.A Andalucia Masters on the ET (he was pretty impressive around Valderrama); Lee Janzen won the SAS Championship on the Champions Tour; Blair Bursey won the Reliance Properties DCBank Open on the Mackenzie Tour; Team Jessica Korda (Jessica Korda, Karolin Lampert, Lina Boqvist and amateur Alexandra O’Laughlin) won the Aramco Team Series – New York and Charley Hull won the individual event on the LET; Ayaka Furue won the Fujitsu Ladies Golf Tournament on the JLPGA; Jung Min Lee won the Dongbu Construction Koreit Championship on the KLPGA; and Shaun Norris won the Japan Open on the Japan Golf Tour. [Thanks, IC!]

Rory McIlroy with CJ Cup trophy

The whole idea of playing these fall events is to get some FedExCup traction early in the season but my Twofer Tuesday picks just don't seem to get it. I had Justin Thomas (T18) and Dustin Johnson (T45). Why did they even tee it up?

By comparison last week's picks, both of whom missed the cut when I picked them, played better this week. Those picks were Webb Simpson (T14) and Abraham Ancer (T14). I'm beginning to believe there's a conspiracy going on! Anyway, I still haven't got on the scoreboard yet; maybe next week's trip to Japan will be my breakthrough week.

  • Top10s: 0 for 8
  • Winners: 0 for 4

While my picks certainly didn’t do it, a number of other players seem to have rediscovered some form in the desert this week. Ricky Fowler stands out among them, shooting -22 (T3) for the week and giving us some hope that he's finally emerging from his funk.

But the big man on Tour was Rory McIlroy, who seems to have rediscovered who he is -- and in the process won his 20th PGA Tour victory, something few players have done and which will result in a lifetime PGA Tour membership in another couple of years. His second win of the year feels much different from his first, way back at Quail Hollow, but I think that's just a matter of Rory deciding he's finally comfortable with who he is.

That should be a frightening proposition for the rest of the field!

In the meantime we'll all celebrate Rory's win with another Limerick Summary... which may be his 20th as well. Congrats, Rors!

For Rory, it’s been worth the cost.
Perhaps all the prowess he’d lost
Has found its way back
To the front of the pack
And his mem’ries of struggle been quashed.

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