Jim Furyk penalized for having extra club in golf bag

By Doug FergusonAugust 30, 2009, 4:00 pm
The Barclays JERSEY CITY, N.J. ' Jim Furyk was penalized four strokes in the third round of The Barclays when he and caddie Mike Fluff Cowan left an extra club in the bag, a mistake that ended up costing Furyk $131,250 and 188 FedEx Cup points.
Furyk discovered the 15th club while preparing to play a shot near the second green Saturday and had to take two penalty strokes for each hole, turning his opening pars into double bogeys. He finished with a 70 in the rainy morning round, then shot a 69 on Sunday to tie for 15th at 3 under ' six strokes behind winner Heath Slocum.
Without the penalty strokes, Furyk would have tied for sixth. He dropped from 16th to 18th in the FedEx Cup points race, finishing the event with 1,458.
The extra club was a 60-degree wedge with extra bounce, something Furyk thought he might need on shots into the grain from the many runoff areas around the greens. He decided to go with his usual low-bounce model with a sharp leading edge, but the other club was inadvertently left in the bag and went unnoticed ' in part because he had the rain hood on his bag throughout the warmup session and on the course.
It was a chain of events that added up to a stupid mistake, Furyk said. I assumed he (Cowan) knew I was going to play this 60 and he didnt know which way I was going to go. Its one of the simplest rules in golf. Its so easy.
I pride myself on being really prepared ' and to do something like that. I think mental errors are much harder to overcome on the golf course than physical errors. The ones that you make because of an absent mind or not paying attention or not doing your homework, those are the ones that hurt the most because you can control that.
Furyk tried to put the error quickly behind him
He (Cowan) was kicking himself, Furyk said. I said, Hey, I dont want to hear it. Lets just play golf and well figure it out.
Weve been through too much together for a long, long time. Hes been on my bag for over 10 years. He does what he does. He shows up on time. Hes a good person and hes a good caddie. The last thing I want anyone to do is blame it on Mike. The fact that we both made the error is what surprises me. Thats the shocker. I can see one person being a bonehead for 30 minutes, but two people is disappointing.

PLAYOFF POSITIONS: Daniel Chopra took the 100th and final spot in the Deutsche Bank Championship next weekend outside Boston, edging K.J. Choi by two points and Ben Curtis by three in the FedEx Cup standings.
Chopra shot a 1-over 72 on Sunday to tie for 58th and earn 53 points in the playoff opener at Liberty National. He also entered the tournament ' limited to the top 125 ' in the 100th spot.
Choi, 92nd after the regular season, and Curtis, 94th entering the event, missed the cut. Chris Riley, 119th at the start of the week, bogeyed the final hole ' missing a 5-foot par putt ' to finish five points behind Chopra.
Tournament winner Heath Slocum jumped from 124th to third, and Fredrik Jacobson, Troy Matteson and Richard S. Johnson also moved into the top 100 ' bumping Choi, Curtis, George McNeill and Matt Bettencourt out of the playoffs.
Jacobson tied for sixth to go from 107th to 48th, Matteson tied for 20th to jump from 125th to 83rd, and Johnson tied for 31st to go from 108th to 85th.
After the Deutsche Bank, the playoff field will be cut to 70 for the BMW Championship and to 30 for the Tour Championship.

CHAMPION TOURIST: Tournament winner Heath Slocum and wife Victoria planned to stay an extra day to do some sightseeing in Manhattan with infant daughter Stella.
I have a feeling that no one is going to know who I am, Slocum said. When I was living in Pensacola, Im not huge by any means, but people didnt know who I was there. Maybe this will change. Maybe in New York tomorrow somebody will at least recognize me. I doubt it, but
Victoria Slocum is expecting their second child in January.

BIG MOVE: Padraig Harrington made a big move in the FedEx Cup standings with his second-place tie, jumping 52 spots from 66th to 14th.
Its nice to be in contention, said Harrington, winless on the tour since the 2008 PGA Championship. Its nice to play better as I got more in contention. Thats always a good sign. My focus is better. I hit the ball better.
Two days after saying Liberty National was worthy of a major, the Irishman again praised the ultra-exclusive course near the Statue of Liberty.
The course is fantastic. It really is, Harrington said. Its an intimidating test. Its exactly where we need to be. We got to be pushed to the limits.

STRONG FINISH: Dustin Johnson shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 ' the best round of the week ' to tie for 15th at 3 under. He opened with rounds of 70, 74 and 73.
Finally, today, I drove it in the fairway, said Johnson, 20th in the FedEx Cup standings. First time all week I hit fairways. I missed four putts inside of 7 feet for birdie. I mean, it was good, but chipped in twice.
He won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February for his second Tour title.
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    Korda happy to finally be free of jaw pain

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 2:43 am

    PHOENIX – Jessica Korda isn’t as surprised as everyone else that she is playing so well, so quickly, upon her return from a complex and painful offseason surgery.

    She is inspired finally getting to play without recurring headaches.

    “I’d been in pain for three years,” she said after posting a 4-under-par 68 Friday to move two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

    Korda had her upper jaw broken in three places and her low jaw broken in two places in December in a procedure that fixed the alignment of her jaw.

    Korda, 25, said the headaches caused by her overbite even affected her personality.

    “Affects your moods,” Korda said. “I think I was pretty snappy back then as well.”

    She was pretty pleased Friday to give herself a weekend chance at her sixth LPGA title, her second in her last three starts. She won the Honda LPGA Thailand three weeks ago in her first start after returning from surgery.

    “I'm much happier now,” Korda said. “Much calmer.”

    Even if she still can’t eat the things she would really like to eat. She’s still recuperating. She said the lower part of her face remains numb, and it’s painful to chew crunchy things.

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    “Chips are totally out of question,” Korda said.

    She can eat most things she likes, but she has to cut them into tiny pieces. She can’t wait to be able to eat a steak.

    “They broke my palate, so I can't feel anything, even heat,” Korda said. “So that's a bit difficult, because I can't feel any heat on my lip or palate. I don't know how hot things are going in until they hit my throat.”

    Korda has 27 screws in her skull holding the realignment together. She needed her family to feed her, bathe her and dress her while she recovered. The procedure changed the way she looks.

    While Korda’s ordeal and all that went into her recovery has helped fans relate to her, she said it’s the desire to move on that motivates her.

    “Because I was so drugged up, I don't remember a lot of it,” Korda said. “I try to forget a lot of it. I don't think of it like I went through a lot. I just think of it as I'm pain-free. So, yeah, people are like, `Oh, you're so brave, you overcame this and that.’ For me, I'm just going forward.”

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    Finally adapted to short putter, Martin near lead

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:54 am

    PHOENIX – Mo Martin loved her long putter.

    In fact, she named her “Mona.”

    For 10 years, Martin didn’t putt with anything else. She grew up with long putters, from the time she started playing when she was 5.

    While Martin won the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2014, about nine months after giving up Mona for a short putter, she said it’s taken until today to feel totally comfortable with one.

    And that has her excited about this year.

    Well, that and having a healthy back again.

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    “I've had a feeling that this year was going to be a good one,” Martin said. “My game is in a special place.”

    Martin was beaming after a 6-under-par 66 Friday moved her two shots off the lead at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

    “Just a beautiful day,” Martin said. “I was able to play my game, make my putts.”

    Martin hit all 14 fairways in the second round, hit 15 greens in regulation and took just 27 putts. After struggling with nagging back pain last year, she’s pain free again.

    She’s happy to “just to get back to a place now where my ball striking is where it has been the last few years.”

    Martin, by the way, says Mona remains preserved in a special place, “a shrine” in her home.

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    Clanton rides hole-out eagle to lead at Founders

    By Associated PressMarch 17, 2018, 1:47 am

    PHOENIX - Cydney Clanton holed out from the fairway for eagle on the par-4 13th and closed with a birdie Friday to take the second-round lead in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.

    Clanton shot a 5-under 67, playing the back nine at Desert Ridge in 5-under 31 to reach 9-under 135.

    Clanton's wedge on the 13th flew into the cup on the first bounce. She also birdied the par-5 11th and 15th and the par-4 18th. The 28-year-old former Auburn player is winless on the LPGA.

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    Ariya Jutanugarn, Marina Alex, Karine Icher and Mariajo Uribe were a stroke back on a calmer day after wind made scoring more difficult Thursday.

    Jessica Korda and Mo Martin were 7 under, and Michelle Wie topped the group at 6 under.

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    Ko's struggles continue with Founders MC

    By Randall MellMarch 17, 2018, 1:26 am

    PHOENIX – Lydia Ko loves the Bank of Hope Founders Cup and its celebration of the game’s pioneers, and that made missing the cut Friday sting a little more.

    With a 1-over-par 73 following Thursday’s 74, Ko missed the cut by four shots.

    After tying for 10th at the HSBC Women’s World Championship in her last start, Ko looked to be turning a corner in her quest to find her best form again, but she heads to next week’s Kia Classic with more work to do.

    “I just have to stay patient,” Ko said. “I just have to keep my head high.”

    It was just the fifth missed cut in Ko’s 120 career LPGA starts, but her fourth in her last 26 starts.

    Ko’s ball striking has been erratic this year, but her putting has been carrying her. She said her putting let her down Friday.

    “It seemed like I couldn’t hole a single putt,” she said. “When I missed greens, I just wasn’t getting up and down. When I got a birdie opportunity, I wasn’t able to hole it.”

    Ko came to Phoenix ranked 112th in driving distance, 121st in driving accuracy and 83rd in greens in regulation. She was sixth in putting average.

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    Cristie Kerr saw the struggle playing two rounds with Ko.

    “Her game’s not in good shape,” Kerr said. “She seemed a little lost.”

    Ko, 20, made those sweeping changes last year, starting 2017 with a new coach (Gary Gilchrist), a new caddie (Peter Godfrey) and new equipment (PXG). She made more changes at this year’s start, with another new coach (Ted Oh) and new caddie (Jonnie Scott).

    Ko doesn’t have to look further than Michelle Wie to see how a player’s game can totally turn around.

    “It always takes time to get used to things,” Ko said. “By the end of last year, I was playing solid. I’m hoping it won’t take as much time this year.”

    Ko had Oh fly to Asia to work with her in her two starts before the Founders Cup, with their work showing up in her play at the HSBC in Singapore. She said she would be talking to Oh again before heading to the Kia Classic next week and then the ANA Inspiration. She has won both of those events and will be looking to pull some good vibes from that.

    “This is my favorite stretch of events,” she said. “And I love the Founders Cup, how it celebrates all the generations that have walked through women’s golf. And I love the West Coast swing. Hopefully, I’ll make more putts next week.”

    Ko, whose run of 85 consecutive weeks at Rolex world No. 1 ended last summer, slipped to No. 12 this week.