Furyk Aims for Top Money Spot

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 15, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Bank of America ColonialThe PGA TOUR hops, skips and jumps from Irving, Texas to Ft. Worth, from the event named after Byron Nelson to the event played on Ben Hogans Alley.
The Bank of America Colonial marks the TOURs second straight stop in the Lone Star State, and the 21st overall event this season.
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk will need a big week to pass Phil Mickelson for the top spot on the money list.
Thus far, there have been only three multiple champions: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Stuart Appleby ' all of whom have a pair of victories apiece.
None of the three are in the field this week, but defending champion Kenny Perry has returned to try and continue his Colonial dominance.
Perry has three top-3 finishes in his last four starts in this event, including runaway victories in 2003 and 2005. He set the 72-hole tournament scoring record in his maiden Colonial triumph, finishing at 19-under 261 ' six clear of second place. Last year, he matched that mark, finishing seven clear of second.
But the Kentuckian will have a difficult time adding a 10th career TOUR victory to his resume this week, as he is competing in just his second event since a knee injury sidelined him for two months. Perry, who was forced to miss his title defense earlier this year at Bay Hill, admitted that he rushed his recovery a little in order to make it back for this repeat bid.
Other past winners, on the other hand, dont seem to share in Perrys enthusiasm for this event. 2000 winner Phil Mickelson is absent so that he can concentrate on the U.S. Open; 2001 champ Sergio Garcia, who has three missed cuts in four Colonial starts since his victory, did not commit; neither did 2002 winner Nick Price, who felt shunned in his 03 title defense, when Annika Sorenstam garnered all the attention, and hasnt since played.
The field includes just two of the top 10 players on the Official World Golf Rankings. And it no coincidence that they are both among the favorites this week.
Jim Furyk
Furyk is one of the hottest players in golf right now. Three top-3 finishes in his last five starts, including a playoff win two weeks ago at the Wachovia Championship, have vaulted Furyk to second place on the money list. He's less than $300,000 behind Mickelson, who is absent this week, and can pass him with a good finish at Colonial. This is his 11th appearance in this event. He has four career top-10s here, including a runner-up showing in 1998 to Tom Watson.
Justin Leonard
Justin Leonard
Justin Leonard is looking to add this victory to his pair of Texas Open titles.
Each year, Leonard dances the Texas Two-Step ' the Byron Nelson and the Colonial, and each year he leaves the dance floor empty-handed. The Dallas native and resident would love to change that this year. Though he wasnt able to win the Nelson, finishing T26, he does have a good track record on this shot-makers course. He has never missed the cut in 12 career starts at Colonial Country Club and has five top-10s. His best result was a distance second place to Perry in 2003.
David Toms
Toms, like Leonard, has never won at Colonial. But, just like it does for Leonard, the course appears to suit his game quite well. Toms has played this tournament eight times and has four top-10 finishes. Toms could use some friendly surroundings at the moment. He got off to a great start this season, winning the Sony Open and collecting two other top-3s. But he has missed the cut in three of his last five starts.
Chad Campbell
Campbell hadnt been much of a factor on TOUR since he tied for third at the Masters Tournament, until his fifth place effort last week at the Byron Nelson. The Texas native has played this event four times, finishing one shot back of winner Steve Flesch in 2004.
Bernhard Langer
Bernhard Langer? Yep. Its doubtful that the 48-year-old German will earn his first TOUR title since the 1993 Masters, but he does have a good track record here ' even if that is a short, short track. Langer first played this tournament in 1986 and finished tied for third. He didnt play it again until last year, when he tied for sixth. If the course is manageable and demanding, then Langer, even at 48, is a viable contender.
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    By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

    The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

    Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

    What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

    Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Web.com Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

    Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

    Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

    Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

    Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

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    Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

    By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

    SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

    Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

    ''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

    But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

    In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

    ''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

    Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

    The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his Web.com card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

    ''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

    NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

    Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

    Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

    Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

    "He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

    The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

    Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

    "I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

    Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

    "From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

    "And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

    "There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."