Furyk Cruising in Hawaii

By Sports NetworkDecember 5, 2003, 5:00 pm
PGA of America (150x150)KAUAI, Hawaii -- Jim Furyk, the reigning U.S. Open champion, posted a 5-under-par 67 on Friday to take the first-round lead of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course at Hyatt Regency.
 
Masters winner Mike Weir is alone in second at even-par 72, while surprise British Open champion Ben Curtis is in third place at 1-over-par 73, followed by PGA Champion Shaun Micheel, who is last at 3-over-par 75.
 
This event is reserved for the four major winners in 2003 and is a 36-hole stroke-play event. For the first time since 1992, all four of these combatants are first-timers.
 
Furyk, who earned his major triumph at Olympia Fields in June, missed a chance for birdie at No. 1 but picked one up at the par-5 second hole with a routine two-putt. He then dropped a shot at the third when he missed a 15-footer for par, but the story for the next few holes was his putter.
 
Furyk, who finished 14th on tour in putting average, missed makeable chances for birdie at the fifth and seventh holes. He finished off his front nine with a four-footer for birdie to get to 1-under par.
 
The U.S. Open champion made it two in a row with a 16-footer at the 10th. That birdie gave him a one-shot lead over Weir, a lead that Furyk would not surrender on Friday.
 
Furyk made par at the par-3 11th but cashed in on a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 12 for his fourth three in a row. He had another makeable birdie try at the following hole but settled for a par, still holding his two-stroke advantage.
 
It took one hole for Furyk to return to his birdieing ways. He laid up short of the par-5 14th green, but knocked a wedge to five feet. Furyk rolled home the birdie try to get to 4-under par and take a three-shot lead over Weir.
 
Trouble loomed for Furyk at the par-4 15th as his drive landed in the right rough. He had an awkward stance in a bunker but skipped his second short of the green. Furyk chipped four feet past the hole and sank the par-saving putt, which allowed him to keep his three-shot lead when Weir missed a five-footer for birdie.
 
Furyk drove into the left rough at the reachable, par-5 18th, so he laid up short of the green. His third came up 25-feet short of the hole, but he drilled the birdie putt to pad his lead.
 
'I hit one or two bad putts,' admitted Furyk. 'I've been fooled on a few reads. I've been fooled on the speed of the greens. I hit them on line, not quite hard enough.'
 
Weir, who became the first Canadian major winner when he donned the green jacket at Augusta, was solid on Friday but only made one birdie, a six-footer at the par-3 seventh. He made two impressive par saves on the front nine, a 20-footer at the third and a difficult chip from over the green at No. 8.
 
At the par-3 17th, Weir missed the green short and right. He pitched to six feet but missed the par save to fall to even-par on the round, five behind Furyk.
 
'You need to get in the fairway out here for sure,' said Weir. 'There are tough conditions out here with mud on the ball and the wind.'
 
Curtis, who was the lowest-ranked player in the field when he hoisted the claret jug this summer, struggled early with some bogeys, but rebounded with an eight-foot birdie putt at No. 15.
 
He parred out to stay within six of the lead.
 
Micheel, whose 7-iron into the 72nd green at Oak Hill was the shot of the year, seemed to have trouble reading the greens Friday at Poipu Bay. He double-bogeyed the fourth when he left his first play from the bunker in the sand and things did not get better.
 
By the time Micheel missed a six-footer for par at the par-5 15th, he was 4 over on his round. He birdied the last thanks to a great 4-iron approach, but it will still be a tall hill to climb for the PGA Champion as he trails the U.S. Open winner by eight.
 
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    CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

    Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

    1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
    2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
    T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
    T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
    T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
    T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
    T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
    T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
    T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
    T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
    T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
    T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
    T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
    T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
    T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
    T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
    T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
    T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
    T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
    T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
    T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
    T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
    T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
    T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
    T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
    T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
    T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
    T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
    T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
    T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
    T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
    T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
    T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
    T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
    T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
    T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
    T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
    T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
    T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
    T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
    T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
    T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
    T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
    T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
    T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
    T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
    T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
    T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
    T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
    T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
    T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
    T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
    T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
    T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
    T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
    T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
    T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
    T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
    T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
    T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
    T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
    T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
    T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
    T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
    T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
    T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
    T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
    T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
    T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
    T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
    T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
    T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
    T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
    T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
    75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
    76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
    77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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    After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

    Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

    Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

    It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


    On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

    There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

    He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

    His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

    Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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    Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

    By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

    With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

    He picked up one more No. 2, too.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

    In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

    Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

    “It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

    Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

    Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

    He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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    Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

    By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

    Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

    Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

    His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

    “I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

    Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

    Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.