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Monday, January 24, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 American Express

Winner: Hudson Swafford

Around the wider world of golf: Danielle Kang won the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions on the LPGA; Thomas Pieters won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the DP World Tour; Miguel Angel Jiménez won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship on the Champions Tour; Anthony Quayle won the QLD PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; Sadom Kaewkanjana won the SMBC Singapore Open on the Asian Tour; Aaron Jarvis won the Latin America Amateur Championship; and play was suspended at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Hudson Swafford with the American Express trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks weren't a total loss. This week's picks were Corey Conners (MC) and Patrick Cantlay (9). I had hoped for better from Patrick but at least he snagged me a Top10.

  • Top10s: 6 for 26 (3 Top5, 3 Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 13

I shouldn't have been surprised by the results though. The American Express field was filled with surprises this weekend. And the big winner of it all was Hudson Swafford, who scorched his way up the leaderboard with a 64. The only player who kept pace was Brian Harmon, but he was too far back to catch the new champ.

Actually, I should say the repeat champ. While Hudson didn't win back-to-back, this was his second win here. His first one came in 2017, almost exactly five years ago, back when this event was called the CareerBuilder Challenge. (And of course, back in the day, this was the Bob Hope Desert Classic. Yes, this is an event with some serious history.)

Hud began the day three strokes back of the leaders but really took charge on the back nine. He had an eagle, five birdies, two bogeys and a single par coming down the stretch. That par on the 18th was a clutch 8-foot putt that gave him the two-stroke win.

I find it interesting that Hudson now has three wins in five years -- the Limerick Summary may sound like that's slow going but I just thought having bookended wins at the same event a mere one day more than five years apart was unique. It's hard to win on Tour and three wins so soon is not bad at all! But it's clear he's at home in the desert.

At this rate he might rack up several sandy Summaries before his career is done.

It took five years to get his third win…
And this one looks like the first’s twin!
The desert loves Hud—
In the sand, he’s a stud!
Bet he can’t wait to tee up again!

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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