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Monday, February 14, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 WM Phoenix Open

Winner: Scottie Scheffler

Around the wider world of golf: Ryan Fox won the Ras al Khaimah Classic on the DP World Tour; Brandon Matthews won the Astara Golf Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Esther Henseleit defended her Magical Kenya Ladies Open title on the LET; Alexander Knappe won the Dimension Data Pro-Am on the Sunshine Tour; and Dimitrios Papadatos and Hannah Green won the male and female titles at the Vic Open on the Australasian Tour. And in case you missed it, the LA Rams won Super Bowl LVI.

Scottie Scheffler with Phoenix Open trophy

Well, my Twofer Tuesday success was short-lived. This week's picks were Jordan Spieth (T60) and Viktor Hovland (MC). Oh well...

  • Top10s: 9 for 32 (6 Top5, 3 Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 16

Instead, the big news for most of the week was Sahith Theegala. The young pro got a sponsor's exemption and proved he was more than deserving of it. And while he finally fell back on the last few holes on Sunday -- a common problem for leaders at the WM -- he qualified for next week at the Genesis so it wasn't all bad news for him.

Scottie Scheffler, looking for his first PGA Tour win, went -4 in his final 6 holes to post -16. It was up to the other guys to catch him.

And they couldn't. Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele had up-and-down rounds on Sunday and they reached 18 needing to be perfect. A bogey on 16 had all but crushed Brooks's chances, and both men needed to hole out their second shots on 18 just to force a playoff.

They didn't.

The only man with a chance to win outright in regulation was Patrick Cantlay, but he missed a birdie putt and he joined Scottie in a playoff.

It went three holes. Scottie drained a 25-foot birdie putt. Patrick missed an 11-footer. Game over.

Perhaps Scottie Scheffler's win was overdue. He's certainly been right there a few times, including a 4th at Mayakoba and a T2 in Houston. But that's just history now, and he's got the win.

Oh, and a Limerick Summary too. As Carl Spackler might say, he's got that going for him as well.

Theegala was big news all week
But Scottie’s back nine play was peak!
Then he took Cantlay down
At the end of the round
As he showed off his crunch time technique.

The photo came from this page at pgatour.com.

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