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The Shorty: Trans Atlantic

William McGirt

So, an Englishman who briefly studied in Chicago won in Sweden, while a Swede who studied in Arizona won in New Jersey. There might have been a joke there if an Irishman hadn’t run out of holes in Ohio.

First to Stockholm, where baby-faced 21-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick cruised to victory in the Nordea Masters, his second professional victory before his former classmates at Northwestern don their caps and gowns. Maybe administrators should invite Fitzpatrick back for a “How to Drop Out of School and Become a Millionaire” speech.

For the gullible, plenty of that advice can be found in Atlantic City. But rather than seeking a fortune at Trump Taj Mahal, you might want to take a lesson from Anna Nordqvist, who won her second straight ShopRite LPGA Classic down the road in Galloway, N.J. “Horses for courses” doesn’t translate well into Swedish but Nordqvist gets the drift, especially after tying a tournament scoring record held by compatriot Annika Sörenstam.

And then there was the Memorial, where, on the same weekend we lost Muhammad Ali, our game’s greatest champion, Jack Nicklaus, watched Rory McIlroy make a late charge only to come up a couple of shots short. After a rain delay, Nicklaus congratulated William McGirt for going the distance plus a couple of playoff holes for his first career win.

While thrilled, McGirt missed a golden opportunity. He did not quote poetry or proclaim himself “a bad man.”




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