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Monday, March 28, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 WGC-Dell Match Play

Winner: Scottie Scheffler

Around the wider world of golf: We had a number of first time winners this week -- Chad Ramey at the Corales Puntacana Championship, the PGA Tour's alternate field event; Atthaya Thitikul at the LPGA's JTBC Classic; Ewen Ferguson at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the DP World Tour; Trevor Werbylo at the Lake Charles Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; Nitithorn Thippong at the DGC Open on the Asian tour; and Kevin Velo at the Termas de Rio Hondo Invitational on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. In addition, Clement Sordet won the SDC Open on the Sunshine Tour; Linnea Strom won the IOA Championship on the Epson Tour; and Mao Saigo won the JLPGA's rain-shortened AXA Ladies Golf Tournament. [Thanks, IC!]

Scottie Scheffler with the Walter Hagen Cup

FINALLY, A WINNER! My Twofer Tuesday picks showed up this week. Remember, I picked four players this time -- in an effort to pick the Final Four -- and only the players who made it out of pool play are considered to have 'made the cut.' I had Dustin Johnson (4), Paul Casey (MC), Jordan Spieth (MC) and Scottie Scheffler (1). Casey gets a pass because health problems took him out. As for the others, I'll take this kind of showing any time!

  • Top10s: 12 for 46 (8 Top5, 4 Top10)
  • Winners: 1 for 22
  • Top20s: 21 for 46

This year's edition of the Dell Match Play turned out to be a real nailbiter. Ultimately the best players did make it to the top and Sunday's matches didn't disappoint. (Unless you were rooting for the players who didn't get the Walter Hagen Cup.)

In the semifinals -- what I've been calling the Final Four -- Scottie Scheffler took down Dustin Johnson after DJ put on a late run to cut his 5up lead to only 1up before Scheffler put an end to it 3&1; and Kevin Kisner took down Corey Conners 2up. I think most of us expected this result, although we wouldn't have been too shocked if the winners had been reversed.

But the Finals and Consolation matches were a bit of a surprise. Conners took DJ rather easily 3&1 while Scheffler took Kisner 4&3. The winners weren't so surprising -- you could make solid arguments that Conners and Scheffler were playing better than anyone else this week -- but I guess we have to accept the fact that all the players just seem so tired in their final matches. The Match Play is a long week!

I suppose the biggest news out of this event is that Corey Conners appears to be on the verge of breaking out and that Scottie Scheffler has risen to World #1 in just about a month-and-a-half.  We'll have plenty of time to revisit these two as the Masters is almost upon us. In the meantime, I'll just congratulate Corey for an excellent Match Play and present Scottie with the winner's customary award, the Limerick Summary.

The Kiz almost got the job done.
His opponents fell hard in his run
To the top… except Scottie,
Whose match play karate
Made him the new World Number One!

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