Furyk Fantastic at Canadian Open

By Sports NetworkSeptember 10, 2006, 4:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)ANCASTER, Ontario -- Jim Furyk won his second title of the year Sunday by closing with a 5-under 65 to finish on top of a crowded leaderboard at the Canadian Open.
Furyk ended at 14-under-par 266 for his 12th career win, four months after claiming No. 11 at the Wachovia Championship in May.
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk earned his second PGA TOUR victory of the season Sunday.
Bart Bryant made things interesting with a late birdie, but finished one shot back at 13-under 267. He had a 3-under 67 on Sunday.
It's hard to believe, but this is only the second time in a distinguished career that Furyk has won two PGA TOUR events in one season.
The world No. 3 began the tournament by setting a course record with a 63 on Thursday, though he admitted he wasn't happy with the way he was playing until Sunday.
'I gave myself a lot of opportunities out there,' Furyk said. 'I'd been searching the last couple days for my swing and it kicked in at the right time.'
Furyk, of course, won the 2003 U.S. Open and then claimed the Buick Open two months later. It was the only other time he had multiple wins in a season.
Sunday, he did just enough to fend off Bryant and a slew of other close challengers.
Sean O'Hair, the reigning Rookie of the Year, had a 2-under 68 and finished at 12-under 268. For O'Hair, it was the best finish since he broke through to win the John Deere Classic last year (he tied for fourth at the Buick Open last month).
Brett Quigley, still winless on the PGA TOUR, tied his second-best finish of the season by closing with a 2-under 68. He ended in fourth, one shot behind O'Hair at 268.
Furyk, who was two shots off Justin Rose's lead overnight, had three birdies and a bogey on the front nine to make the turn at 11 under.
He took the lead with a birdie at the 10th, then built a two-shot advantage when he drained a 10-foot birdie putt at the 13th to reach 13 under.
'I wasn't real confident with the way I was striking the ball early on,' Furyk said. 'But from about the seventh or eighth hole, I really struck the ball well.'
Bryant moved within a shot when he chipped in for birdie from the greenside rough at 14. But Furyk drained a 5-foot birdie putt moments later at 17 to restore his two-shot lead.
Furyk then saved par from the rough at the 18th with a gutsy, 30-foot chip in front of the bleachers that landed within 5 feet. He took his time lining up the par putt.
'I was just trying to hit as solid a putt as I could,' he said.
Bryant made a 15-foot birdie putt at the 17th to climb within one shot again, but his approach to the 18th green came up 60 feet short of the hole and he closed with a par.
In the locker room, Furyk watched Bryant make his 15-footer at the 17th.
'It made me a little nervous, but it's nice to finish off the tournament well,' he said.
Rory Sabbatini had a 4-under 66 on Sunday and tied for fifth place with Camilo Villegas (68), Steve Lowery (69), Trevor Immelman (70) and Jonathan Byrd (70).
Playing in the final pairing with Bryant, and still seeking his first PGA TOUR win, Rose struggled to a 4-over 74 and tumbled all the way into a tie for 14th place at 7 under.
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

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    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

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    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

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