Minggu, 29 April 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 Zurich Classic

Winner: Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy

Around the wider world of golf: Lydia Ko broke her two-year winless streak with a victory at the inaugural  LPGA Mediheal Championship; Y.E. Yang won The Crowns on the Japan Golf Tour; Alexander Bj√∂rk got his first ET win at the Volvo China Open; and Jose de Jesus Rodriguez won the United Leasing & Finance Championship on the Web.com Tour.

Zurich Classic winners Scott Piercy and Billy Horschel

Okay, first let's get to the big question you folks have. Here's what Billy Horschel said when asked why his putting improved so much:
“I’ve putted really well the last couple weeks, my putting’s been a little bit inconsistent over the last year, but we found out cutting my PXG putter down to 33.5 inches, what I had at the FedEx Cup when I won, and it’s been really good.”
I don't know how many of you can afford PXG putters, but note that Billy putted noticeably better with a shorter one.

And that putter, combined with Piercy's iron play -- the two men use the same stat guy, and he told Billy to just get Scott within 125 yards and Scott's wedges would do the rest -- gave the team of good friends a decided advantage in the final round.

They needed it too. The second-place team of Jason Dufner and Pat Perez came up just a single shot short of a playoff, the margin between their final round 68 and the winners' score of 67.

It's a good win for both men, who have struggled with their games over the last year -- Billy with technical issues, Scott with injury. But they have strong egos -- they have to, in order to compete on the PGA Tour. -- and while this win won't get them into the 2019 Masters or jack them up in the world rankings, it's hard to put a price on what a win means to them in terms of the FedExCup and their playing privileges.

The paychecks offer no such problems. Each man pocketed $1,036,800.

However, I won't try to guess what this Limerick Summary is worth to them, because my own ego is a bit fragile. I don't even get any walk-up music!
They sent out the pros, two by two;
Scott and Billy said, “One ball? We’re cool!”
And soon Billy’s good putting
Off Scott’s irons was gutting
The field—a magnificent coup!
The photo came from this page at golfweek.com.

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