Furyk Woods Connected By Wins

By Golf Channel NewsroomJuly 27, 2004, 4:00 pm
If there is anyone ' outside of the man himself ' who should be most displeased with Tiger Woods performance this season it should be Jim Furyk.
Woods has only one PGA Tour victory this year, and none under a stroke-play format.
That could mean a long and winless season for Furyk in 2005.
Each of Furyks last four tour victories has come when Woods was the defending champion. It started at the 2001 Mercedes Championships. Furyk then ended Tigers three-year reign at the Memorial Tournament in 2002. He took the U.S. Open trophy away from Woods in 2003, and then did the same later that year at the Buick Open.
He even won the 2003 PGA Grand Slam of Golf, where Woods, though not in attendance last year, was the previous years winner.
Ironically, Woods claimed his first tour title in the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, where Furyk was the defending champion.
The good news for Furyk is that Woods still has one more tournament to defend this season, the WGC-American Express Championship, meaning one more opportunity to steal away his title.
But for now, Furyk will focus on trying to defend his own title at the Buick Open.
This easily could have been Furyks first event since undergoing surgery on his left wrist in March. But, of course, he returned in June for the U.S. Open, and has played the Western Open and British Open.
He tied for 48th at Shinnecock and then tied for seventh at Cog Hill, before missing the cut at Royal Troon.
Furyk said at the Western Open that his wrist, which had to be repaired for torn cartilage, is fine, but that he is still being cautious.
'I have to be patient. It's going to take some time to get back to where I was at the end of last year,' he said. I have to be very wise about the amount of time I put in right now. I'm very capable of playing 72 holes and finishing the tournament, but not beating balls every day.
While Furyk is still trying to find his feel, Woods is still in search of some consistency.
If its not one thing going wrong, its another.
At the British Open, Woods was on-par with his seasonal averages in Driving Accuracy and Greens Hit in Regulation, but was sub-par in Putting.
For the year, Woods is hitting 57.8 percent of his fairways and 64.9 percent of his greens in regulation. At the Open, he hit 57.1 percent and 65.3 percent, respectively.
But on the greens, where he is second on tour averaging 1.729 putts per green in regulation, he was 53rd in the field at Royal Troon with a 1.830 average.
This is Tigers one tournament between the British and the PGA Championship. He has played the tournament five times and has three top-4 finishes.
Woods tied for eighth place in his tournament debut in 1997. He tied for fourth in 1998; tied for 11th in 2000; won in 2002; and was runner-up last year.
He shot four rounds in the 60s a year ago, but was unable to overcome Furyks 21-under-par 267 performance.
This is the 45th playing of the Buick Open. Tony Lema is the only repeat winner, doing so in 1964-65. Julius Boros (1963, 67) is the only other two-time champion.
The event will be staged at Warwick Hills Country Club (par 72, 7,127 yards) in Grand Blanc, Mich., for the 27th consecutive year, and the 38th time overall.
The purse has been raised $500,000 to $4.5 million. The winner will now receive $810,000, compared to $720,000 last year.
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    What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

    Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

    Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

    Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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    Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

    Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

    While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

    The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

    So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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    Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

    By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

    The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

    As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

    Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

    And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

    And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

    McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

    The Ryder Cup topped his list.

    Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

    When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

    “Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

    McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

    Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

    “The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

    European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

    And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

    The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

    Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

    And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

    Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

    The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

    The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

    More bulletin board material, too.

    Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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    Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

    By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

    Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

    The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

    It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

    The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    “I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

    Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.