Furyk wins Chevron World Challenge

By Doug FergusonDecember 7, 2009, 3:47 am
Chevron World Challenge

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Jim Furyk had a lot of expectations when he arrived at the Chevron World Challenge. They didn’t include winning for the first time in more than two years.

He is good friends with tournament host Tiger Woods, his partner for nine matches in cup competitions. They are an odd couple on the surface, linked mainly by the grit in their golf games.

Furyk sent Woods a text message when he heard about the Nov. 27 car accident and never heard back. Before long, speculation gave way to allegations of extramarital affairs, until Woods posted a statement on his Web site acknowledging “personal failings.”

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Jim Furyk celebrates his par save on the 17th hole Sunday. (Getty Images)

“I expected a lot of questions would be asked about Tiger a lot this week,” Furyk said after closing with a 5-under 67 for a one-shot victory Sunday. “I can honestly say not one person has asked me for a quote or an opinion or anything like that. He and his wife are friends of mine. And as friends, you want to support them and wish them the best.”

No one bothered him because Furyk was in the middle of the pack in the 18-man field at Sherwood Country Club.

He was easy to miss until the final round, when he took the lead with a wedge to close range for birdie on the 10th, kept it by knocking in a 35-foot par putt on the 17th hole and making his best shot of the day the winning shot – a 9-iron from 146 yards on the 18th hole that landed near the cup and spun 5 feet away for a birdie.

Even more noticeable was the red shirt Furyk wore on Sunday, the color Woods has made famous during his 82 worldwide victories and 14 major championships.

Furyk said that was a coincidence, nothing more.

Even so, it was a fitting conclusion to a week dominated by talk of Woods.

Woods wasn’t around to present the trophy to one of his favorite players on the PGA Tour. He withdrew because of unspecified injuries from his accident, yet he remained part of every conversation because of worldwide publicity over his off-course scandal.

Woods posted a statement on his Web site as the final round was under way to thank his sponsors, staff and volunteers. “And I am sincerely sorry I was unable to fulfill my duties as host and player in this important event,” he said.

Furyk recalls wearing red – a rarity for him – in the final round of the 2007 Canadian Open, his last victory at a tournament recognized by the world golf ranking.

“Maybe I need to start,” he said. “But no, I didn’t mean to make a statement or didn’t really think about it. So you like the outfit? I’m curious what my grade is.”

Considering it was bright red with a brown stripe and brown pants, leave that to fashion experts.

His golf – especially at the end – was simply superb.

With a one-shot lead and in a horrible spot in the bunker well below the 17th green, Furyk played it safe to 35 feet beyond the hole and was hopeful of lagging a tricky putt to 3 feet to make no worse than bogey. Instead, he watched it break sharply to the right over the final few feet and drop into the cup for an unlikely par.

“It was a deep sigh of relief that the ball went in,” Furyk said. “I knew at that point it was still my tournament to win, and I played very aggressively down the stretch.”

He followed that with a 9-iron from 146 yards that landed near the hole and spun back to 5 feet. Before he could putt, Furyk saw on the leaderboard that Lee Westwood had birdied the 17th and was tied for the lead. He calmly rapped in the birdie putt.

Westwood, who recently won the European tour money title for the second time this decade, had a chance to force a playoff until he failed to hole his chip from just off the green. Then, he missed the short par putt for a 70 that left him in a tie for third with Padraig Harrington, who twice chipped in for eagle on his way to a 70.

Graeme McDowell, the replacement for Woods at this tournament, had to hole out from 18th fairway to tie Furyk, and his shot looked as though it had a chance until it spun by the hole. The birdie gave him second place alone.

That was enough to move McDowell to No. 38 in the world, making him a lock for the Masters next year. The top 50 at the end of the year earn invitations to Augusta National, and McDowell had decided not to chase ranking points at the end of the year.

Then came a phone call about Woods withdrawing, and everything changed quickly.

“Timing is everything,” McDowell said. “To get the call-up was good, although I wish it had been different circumstances. Sometimes this game gives you something back when you least expect it.”

Furyk said he wouldn’t be surprised to get a text from Woods for winning his tournament for the first time. And if he did, “then I would reply and wish him the best.”

“Tough times,” Furyk said. “So they need the support of their friends right now, and I know that people are thinking about them.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.