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Monday, January 17, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Sony Open

Winner: Hideki Matsuyama

Around the wider world of golf: The Royal Queensland course in Australia hosted simultaneous men's and women's events this week: Su Oh won the inaugural Karrie Webb Cup at the Fortinet Australian WPGA Championship and, in only his fourth professional start, Jediah Morgan won the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship by a record ELEVEN shots; and Joohyung Kim won the Singapore International on the Asian Tour.

Hideki Matsuyama with Sony Open trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks are back in 2021 form, it seems. This week's picks were Marc Leishman (T36) and Matt Jones (MC). After grabbing a Top5 last week I have once again picked players with good records at an event and yet didn't even get into contention.

  • Top10s: 5 for 24 (3 Top5, 2 Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 12

In some ways the Sony Open was a repeat of last week, in that a couple of players distanced themselves from the field and gave us all a breathtaking Sunday afternoon. Last week it was a tale of two nines as the leader opened a gap between himself and the field during the front nine, only to be chased down in the back nine.

Déjà vu, I guess.

Hideki began his day two back of Russell Henley, only to shoot 32 on the front nine to be five back at the turn. Henley's 6-under 29 made him look unbeatable... until they reached the back nine where Russell shot 36 and Hideki shot 31, sending them to a playoff.

And then, with Russell forced to lay up on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, Hideki nailed his 277-yard second to within a yard of the hole. Russell's mis-hit wedge flew the green and he walked off with a bogey. Needless to say, Hideki's eagle was good enough for the win.

Hideki continues to make Japanese history. This win tied him with KJ Choi's eight wins, which is the record for PGA Tour wins by an Asian player. It also gives him the record for the most Limerick Summaries by an Asian player, as KJ won most of his tournaments before my blog existed. Congrats, Hideki, and may you add many more!

He chased Russell Henley all day.
Rewarded with more holes to play
Hideki stepped up,
Hit it close to the cup
And put yet one more title away.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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