Furyk Repeats in Sun City

By Sports NetworkDecember 3, 2006, 5:00 pm
Sunshine TourSUN CITY, South Africa -- Jim Furyk made his first bogey of the tournament on Sunday -- he had five, actually -- but it didn't matter.
He still walked away $1.2 million richer.
Furyk became the fifth player, and second born outside South Africa, to successfully defend his title at the Nedbank Challenge despite shooting a 2-over 74 on Sunday -- his worst round by six shots.
The world's second-ranked player started the day with a three-shot lead over Padraig Harrington and ended it with a two-shot win over Henrik Stenson. He finished at 12-under-par 276.
Stenson, the first-round leader, was the only player to break 70 on Sunday, shooting a three-under 69 to end at 10-under 278. Harrington had a 3-over 75 and finished fourth at 8-under 280.
Ernie Els, a three-time champion, shot a 72 and was fourth at 7-under 281. Charl Schwartzel, the only player not ranked in the top 20, also had a 72 and was a shot further back at 282.
Furyk played flawlessly through the first three rounds, allowing for some missteps Sunday.
His first bogey of the tournament came at his 57th hole, the par-4 third. He later bogeyed the par-4 eighth to drop to 14 under, but Harrington made a double-bogey there to fall six shots off the pace at 8 under.
Furyk made his third, and last, birdie at No. 9 before carding back-to-back bogeys at 11 and 12 -- both times from a bunker. He was at 13 under and still had a four-shot lead on Harrington.
Five stabilizing pars followed, and a closing bogey at the 18th only affected his margin of victory.
For Furyk, who led for three straight rounds, the victory was a lot simpler than last year's, when he needed a chip-in birdie to win a four-way playoff.
This year, his triumph was aided by the inconsistent play of some of the world's best golfers.
Retief Goosen shot a 3-over 75 on Sunday and finished 10 shots back in sixth place at two-under 286. It was his fourth consecutive round in the 70s.
Sergio Garcia (71) and Trevor Immelman (74) were a shot further back at 287, while Chris DiMarco ended on even-par 288 following a 73.
David Howell opened with a 69 on Thursday, then progressively got worse. He had a 76 in the final round and was 10th at 3-over 291. Jose Maria Olazabal posted the highest score Sunday with a 79 and ended 11th at 4-over 292.
Colin Montgomerie was last after each round. He closed with a 76 on Sunday and finished 22 shots off the pace at 10-over 298.
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    By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

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    Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

    Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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    In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

    Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

    Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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    By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

    The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

    They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

    Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

    Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

    Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

    ''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

    The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

    In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

    Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.