Furyk Jumps into Lead in Westchester

By Sports NetworkJune 23, 2005, 4:00 pm
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Jim Furyk fired a 6-under-par 65 on Thursday to take a three-shot lead after the opening round of the Barclays Classic at Westchester Country Club.
 
Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh had one eagle, five birdies and four bogeys in the first round.
Vijay Singh, Kenny Perry, John Rollins, Brian Bateman, Ian Leggatt and Hidemichi Tanaka share second place at 3-under-par 68.
 
Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion, broke into red figures early with a 10-foot birdie putt at the third. He added another at the par-5 fifth when his 3-wood came up 20 yards short of the putting surface. Furyk chipped to 2 feet and converted the birdie try.
 
At the par-5 ninth, Furyk hit his third shot to 20 feet. Unfortunately, the man who is ranked 14th on the PGA Tour in putting, three-putted for a bogey.
 
Furyk rebounded from the miscue at nine. He rolled in a 3-footer for birdie at the 10th and made it two in a row with an 8-footer at the 11th. Furyk parred 12, then at 13 he hit a pitching-wedge to 12 feet to set up birdie.
 
Furyk parred his next three holes, but closed strong. He knocked a pitching-wedge to 3 feet to set up birdie at 17. Furyk hit driver off the tee at the par-5 closing hole, then laid up with a 3-iron. The former U.S. Open winner played a sand-wedge to 8 feet and drained the birdie putt to take the three-shot lead.
 
'Overall I'm pleased with the day and anxious to get out there tomorrow and try to get after it again,' said Furyk, who tied for 28th last week at Pinehurst No. 2. 'I'm just going to go out tomorrow and play the round from scratch again, starting from even par tomorrow and try to shoot a round tomorrow, see where it puts me for Saturday's round and go out and do it again. It's so early in the tournament, whether I'm ahead, behind, doesn't really matter.'
 
Furyk is fully healed from wrist surgery last year. He has not won since, but the four-time Ryder Cup member thinks he's ready to return to the winner's circle.
 
'It takes a while to build confidence where you go out and you play a good round and you play a good tournament and you have a good, solid month and you have a good, solid six months, you have a good solid year,' said Furyk. 'I don't view myself as really coming back from anything now. It was last year, it's over. Same player I was before. I expect myself to play at a high level and I expect myself to compete to win golf tournaments. That's what I'm trying to do.'
 
Singh was even-par on his round as he played his ninth, the par-5 18th. He eagled that hole then mixed three birdies and two bogeys on his back nine to shoot 68.
 
The No. 2 player in the world was happy with his round, but disgruntled about the pace of play. Each round took close to five-and-a-half hours and Singh admitted that ruined his rhythm.
 
'It's ridiculous, I mean, you play a round of golf in five hours and wait on every shot,' said Singh. 'Every shot out there on the front nine, you had to wait. You get fed up with it. I don't know if anyone ever withdrew after nine holes for slow play.'
 
Perry, a two-time winner so far in 2005, was three-under through nine holes thanks to an eagle at No. 9. Perry bogeyed 12 and 13 to fall down the leaderboard, but rebounded with a pair of birdies in his final three holes to get into a tie for second.
 
Fred Funk, the winner of The Players Championship, Patrick Sheehan, J.L. Lewis, John Senden, Brian Gay and Joe Ogilvie are tied for eighth place at 2-under-par 69.
 
Ryan Moore, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, is making his debut as a professional this week and his pro career got off to a decent start. He shot an even-par 71 and is tied for 28th.
 
'That was a nice way to start,' said Moore, who birdied his first hole as a professional. 'I felt great out there today. I didn't feel any different. I made a few poor swings, but I felt like I was really close all day long, on the verge of playing some really good golf. So, looking forward to the next few days.'
 
Defending champion Sergio Garcia, who tied for third last week at the U.S. Open, carded a 1-over-par 72 and shares 40th place.
 
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  • Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

    Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

    ''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

    They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

    ''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

    Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

    ''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

    Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

    Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

    Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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    Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

    Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

    Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

    Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

    Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

    The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

    By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

    Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

    Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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    Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

    Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

    The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.