Minggu, 25 Februari 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 Honda Classic

Winner: Justin Thomas

Around the wider world of golf: Jessica Korda set all kinds of scoring records as she won the Honda LPGA Thailand; Eddie Pepperell won his first ever European tour victory at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters; and Celine Boutier won the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville on the LET.

Justin Thomas with Honda Classic trophy

Alright, I know Tiger Woods was the top story at the Honda Classic this past week. I know Tiger showed signs of improvement far beyond what any of us really expected so soon into his return. And I know that everyone's on pins and needles waiting to hear when Tiger will tee it up next.

But Tiger didn't win the tournament this week. Let's talk about the guys who really made it exciting coming down the stretch.

Early on, it was Alex Noren who got the buzz going. When he posted at seven-under, we all started getting ready for a playoff. Both Webb Simpson and Tommy Fleetwood made runs of their own, but the back nine at PGA National took its toll on them.

In the end it was the final pairing of Luke List and Justin Thomas, tied for the lead when the day began, who made the game interesting. List struggled early on, with bogeys on holes three and four, but he made up for it on the back nine with three birdies to match Thomas's two birdies. Both men birdied the 18th, ending Noren's hopes for a playoff and setting up a battle of nerves as they came down the 18th once again.

As it turned out, List flinched first. He left himself a tricky up-and-down for birdie while Thomas blistered two nearly perfect shots to the green. A relatively simple two-putt birdie gave him the victory.

With this win Justin Thomas joined Patton Kizzire as the PGA Tour's only two-time winners this season. It also gave Thomas another win on a legendary course — something which he himself said on Saturday that he felt he lacked.

You don't need to worry about that anymore, Justin. Not only did you get a "brand name" win, you got a "brand name" Limerick Summary to go with it!
The wind gave the Honda’s field fits
And the Bear Trap tore most scores to bits!
But List made it a game—
Until Thomas took aim
In the playoff with two well-placed hits.
The photo came from this page at usatoday.com.

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