Minggu, 08 April 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 Masters

Winner: Patrick Reed

Around the wider world of golf: For obvious reasons, there weren't a lot of other tournaments this week. The only ones I know about? Stephanie Meadow won the IOA Championship on the Symetra Tour; and Marita Engzelius won the Terre Blanche Ladies Open in the LET Access Series.

Patrick Reed with Masters trophy and Green Jacket

If you are a Captain America fan -- not the guy from Marvel Comics, of course -- then you got your fill of excitement on Sunday.

First there was the McIlroy-Reed rematch, which was a rather slow battle that Patrick won fairly easily.

Then there was the Spieth-Reed rematch, which took on a life of its own as Spieth roared up through the field to tie Reed, only to have the Captain do his traditional "dig deep" routine and make a birdie late to retake (and hold) the lead.

And then the newly-discovered Fowler-Reed slugfest delivered a surprise final thrill as Rickie took the clubhouse lead with a clutch birdie on 18, forcing Patrick to make tough pars on 17 and 18 to win.

Which Patrick did, much to the surprise of all. Except Patrick, that is.

But aren't we used to this by now? Patrick Reed is one player who has proven, more times than not, that he can dig as deep as any legend our sport has seen... and seemingly do it on demand. Even Tiger paid his respects on Twitter:
No one seems to know how this might affect Captain America going forward. He was noticeably humble with his comments after the round, perhaps because it took so much out of him and perhaps because he surprised even himself a little. But it's likely that he'll be taken more seriously when he does speak out going forward.

Like when he said something earlier this week about a win at the Masters setting him up to win the single-season Grand Slam...

In the meantime, while he's in the mood for quiet contemplation, perhaps he'll enjoy his first-ever major-inspired Limerick Summary.
In the rematch of McIlroy-Reed
After neither could get up to speed,
Spieth and Fowler went wild.
Who was Destiny’s child?
“ME!” screamed Patrick—and he kept that lead!
The photo came from this page at washingtonpost.com.

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