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Monday, March 13, 2023

The Limerick Summary: 2023 THE PLAYERS

Winner: Scottie Scheffler

Around the wider world of golf: Jorge Campillo won the Magical Kenya Open on the DP World Tour; Ashleigh Buhai three-peated at the Investec South African Women’s Open on the LET (as well as getting her 6th win there); Wade Ormsby won the International Series Thailand on the Asian Tour; Stefan Wears-Taylor won the Mediclinic Invitational on the Sunshine Tour; and Louis Dobbelaar won the NZ PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour.

Scottie Schefler with PLAYERS trophy

I can't really complain about my Twofer Tuesday picks. I had Viktor Hovland (T3) and Rickie Fowler (T13). To get a Top5 and a Top20 in a patently unpredictable tournament, one where the top players frequently stumble (and did again this week), was a better showing than I expected

  • Top10s: 8 for 20 (7 Top5s 1 Top10)
  • Winners: 2 for 10 events
  • Top20s: 10 for 20

What can I say about Scottie Scheffler's runaway win at THE PLAYERS? He won by five shots, pocketed $4.5mil (the biggest winner's check in PGA TOUR history), retook the #1 spot in the world rankings and picked up his sixth victory in 27 starts.

Plus he got his 2nd major in less than a year. (You know where I stand on the "is THE PLAYERS a major" debate. The World Golf Hall of Fame gives it the same value as his Masters win so, regardless of what you want to call it, it's a major. Live with it.) In fact, he joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods on the short list of players to hold both THE PLAYERS and the Masters trophies at the same time.

Rarified air indeed.

And through it all he was still his unpretentious down home self. He was headed to his 87-year-old grandma's house for (probably) pancakes and dessert after he finished his media duties. Grandma even picked up some media attention herself after walking all 72 holes to watch her grandson seal the deal.

So once again Scottie showed us why he's a force to be contended with, as well as being fun to watch. And it's why he's also picking up his 6th Limerick Summary since the beginning of 2022. It's just one more thing to add to his list of "fun stuff."

And nobody even got close.
While Sawgrass kept most on their toes,
It seemed Scottie’s skill
May have been overkill
As he ran off and yelled, “Adios!”

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