Furyk Tops Tiger to Win Western

By Sports NetworkJuly 3, 2005, 4:00 pm
LEMONT, Ill. -- Jim Furyk carded a 2-under 69 on Sunday to win the Cialis Western Open. Furyk completed the event at 14-under-par 270 for his 10th career victory on the PGA Tour and first since the 2003 Buick Open.
Three-time Western Open winner Tiger Woods made a charge in the final round on the Dubsdread Course at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club with a 5-under 66 to finish alone in second place at 12-under-par 272.
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Tiger Woods had things going his way before a couple of late bogeys derailed his chances at his fourth Western Open title.
Furyk, who lost the Barclays Classic by a stroke to Padraig Harrington last week, began the final round tied for the lead with former British Open champion Ben Curtis. While Curtis birdied two of his first three holes, Furyk struggled with a pair of bogeys to quickly fall four shots back.
'I felt better and more comfortable with my swing than I really had all week,' said Furyk. 'I was hitting the ball great on the range, and then to go out and bogey two and three. I was a little disappointed.'
Furyk recovered with a long birdie putt at the fourth and Curtis began to fall from the lead with a bogey. Curtis struggled with two more bogeys on the front nine and Furyk hit his tee shot to 7 feet for a birdie at the par-3 sixth to return to the top of the leaderboard.
'I had the lead at the turn,' said Furyk. 'I like being out front, trying to put some pressure on the rest of the field.'
Woods was on a roll on the front nine with four birdies and a bogey to make the turn at 10 under. He hit an amazing drive at the par-4 10th and pitched his second shot to 6 feet for a birdie to get within one of the lead.
Moments later at the 10th, Furyk dropped his second shot inside 15 feet and drained the birdie putt to remain two clear of the No. 1 player in the world. Woods refused to go away, however, and hit another powerful drive at the par-5 11th that was helped along by a few bounces down the cart path.
Woods played his second shot to the back of the green and ran home the long eagle try to match Furyk in the lead. Furyk wasn't done either and the former U.S. Open champion ran off back-to-back birdies from the 11th to regain the outright lead at 15 under.
Furyk parred his next four holes but found trouble at the par-4 17th after his second shot found a greenside bunker. He hit his third to 8 feet and was unable to save par.
Woods had problems of his own down the stretch with back-to-back bogeys from the 13th but he played his third shot from a bunker to 9 feet at the par-5 15th and converted the birdie putt to get back to 12 under. Woods then parred his next three holes to finish alone in second place.
'I thought I needed to shoot 7-under par today to get into a playoff. Just didn't quite get it done,' said Woods. 'I was close.'
With Woods in the clubhouse, Furyk calmly played his second shot to the middle of the green at the par-4 closing hole. With the wrist surgery he underwent in 2004 fully behind him, Furyk took two putts for a par and the win.
Curtis managed a 3-over 74 in the final round to finish alone in third place at 9-under-par 275, his best result since his breakthrough victory at Royal St. George's almost two years ago.
Billy Mayfair took fourth place at 8-under-par 276. Pat Perez and Brett Quigley followed at 7-under-par 277. Shaun Micheel, Heath Slocum and Charles Warren tied for seventh place at six-under-par 278.
Vijay Singh managed a 2-over 73 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 13th place at four-under-par 280.
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