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Monday, March 21, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 Valspar Championship

Winner: Sam Burns

Around the wider world of golf: Shaun Norris won the Steyn City Championship on the DP World Tour; Carl Yuan won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; Fatima Fernandez Cano won the Carlisle Arizona Women's Golf Classic on the Epson Tour; Harrison Crowe won the Golf Challenge NSW Open on the Australasian Tour; and Kotone Hori won the T-Point x ENEOS Golf Tournament on the JLPGA. [Thanks, IC!]

Sam Burns with Valspar trophy

My Twofer Tuesday picks are beginning to irritate me. Last week I had Justin Thomas and Matt Fitzpatrick, who couldn't even manage Top20s, and this week they were both Top5s. This week I had Louis Oosthuizen (T62) and Viktor Hovland (T33). I'm telling you, my picks are conspiring to play horribly on the weeks I pick them!

  • Top10s: 10 for 42 (6 Top5, 4 Top10s)
  • Winners: 0 for 21
  • Top20s: 19 for 42

The last day of the Valspar didn't disappoint. Things tightened up to the point that only four players had a realistic chance to win... and they were forced to battle it out in the Snake Pit. Justin Thomas, Sam Burns, Davis Riley and Matt NeSmith fought all the way to the end, with Riley having a chance to win outright over Burns after a two-shot swing at 17. They tied the first playoff hole.

Then Burns curled in a 32-foot birdie putt on the 16th to become the second back-to-back winner in a row. (Paul Casey had won the two Valspars before Burns's first win last year.)

I usually put a photo of the winner with the trophy at the top of these posts so I put the customary photo of Burns with the trophy up top. But we all know what the money shot was, don't we?

Sam Burns reacts to winning putt in playoff

As Burns told espn.com, "All through today, just trying to make sure that I never got too high or too low and just tried to stay even-keeled. And to see that go in, I mean, that's just what I felt." That, of course, being the moment caught in the photo above.

And THAT'S a photo worthy of a Limerick Summary! Congratulation, Sam!

Sam tried to just keep it all real
As he watched that long putt start to peel
‘Round the cup for the win…
But to win here again?
We’ll forgive him for wanting to squeal.

The photos came from these pages at golfweek.usatoday.com and golf.com.

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