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Monday, November 28, 2022

The Two DP World Tour Events

This isn't a Limerick Summary like I normally do on Monday, simply because I didn't even realize golf was being played this weekend. Between the Thanksgiving holiday over here in America, the World Cup (unless the USA wins against Iran today, I think we're out) and the other various things I had going on this weekend, I didn't realize the DP World Tour even had any events going on!

But I wanted to make sure I gave some space to the winners -- there were TWO events this past weekend!

Cam Smith with Fortinet Australian PGA Championship trophy

First up -- and the biggest event of the two in my opinion — Cam Smith won his 3rd Fortinet Australian PGA Championship. This is part of the Australian Triple Crown of Golf, which includes this event, the Australian Open (that's next week) and the Australian Masters (which is no longer begin played, at least not since 2015).

And with this win, Cam Smith puts himself into some rarified air. There are players who have won more, and I believe Kel Nagle's 6 wins are the most — unless you count Dan Soutar's 7 wins (3 @ match play, 4 @ stroke play) over a century ago when it was the Australian Golf Union Championship. It's not unreasonable to think that Cam can win even more... and he won this one in bad weather that stopped the event twice on Sunday. Not bad, young man!

Dan Bradbury with Joberg Open trophy

The other winner was Dan Bradbury, who picked up his first DP World Tour title at the Joberg Open. He won the event by 3 strokes, which is pretty impressive when you realize he just turned professional this summer.

It's worth mentioning both of these players not just because they won but because they're both headed for THE OPEN this coming summer. Cam would have been there in any case since he's the defending champion and being a LIV Golf player doesn't automatically rule him out over in Europe. And as much as I hate what LIV is doing to the golf world, I do agree that if an event is truly an Open and anybody can go through a qualifications process to get in, then LIV golfers should be able to get in through those qualifications.

At this point I realize there's some contention over what those qualifications should be, but Cam's qualifications seem pretty solid to me.

And for Dan to get in the way he did... well, that just plain deserves some applause!

I'll be doing a Limerick Summary next week since I know (at the very least) to look for the Australian Open. But I have to admit, I never thought I'd EVER have a weekend so busy that I'd forget golf. I can't even remember the last time THAT happened!

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