Furyk Ever the Bulldog in 96 Hawaii

By George WhiteJanuary 13, 2003, 5:00 pm
The list of winners at the Sony Open in Hawaii is impressive. Theres Lee Trevino. Jack Nicklaus. Ben Crenshaw. Bruce Lietzke. Hubert Green back-to-back, Corey Pavin back-to-back. Lanny Wadkins. Paul Azinger. Isao Aoki and his miraculous wedge holeout.
 
But if you like pure drama, nothing quite compares to 1996, the year that Jim Furyk outpaced Brad Faxon in a three-hole playoff. Furyk was just starting his third year on the PGA Tour and had won only once. Faxon was starting his 13th, and already had a reputation as one of the premier putters on the tour. All the elements were in place, all that was needed was for the principals to come through.
 
Faxon was the first to excel, on the 18th hole of regulation. Furyk was already in with a score of 11-under. Faxon, who was tied with Steve Stricker when the fourth round began, was two back as he stood on the tee at the par-5 final hole.
 
Two big hits allowed him to reach the putting surface, and now he stood over the putt - which he knew had to plunk in the hole for him to have a chance. I kept thinking about Nick Price at the British Open, Faxon said, remembering the bomb that Price holed on the final hole of the 94 championship.
 
Then came the roller, and you know by now what happened. It was a bullseye, in the cup for an eagle to tie Furyk. Hes the best putter in everybodys mind, said Furyk, ahiking his head as the two prepared for the playoff.
 
Faxon made a great save on the first hole, chipping to four feet and draining a difficult slider. Next it was Furyks turn and he deftly placed a tough bunker shot within three feet of the flagstick, the ball first caroming off after striking the pole.
 
Now they had to play 18 again, the third hole in the playoff. Furyks drive was perfect while Faxon was left with a poor lie. He hit his second to within 60 yards of the pin, while Furyk hit his 4-iron flush, reaching the par-5 green.
 
Now it was Faxons turn and he wedged up rather indifferently, leaving the ball 20 feet short with his third shot. Furyk two-putted for a birdie with his third and fourth shot, leaving it all up to Faxon.
 
Faxon stared down the line, then stepped up and stroked the ball. It rolled oh-so-close to the edge, burning the lip but refusing to go down. Furyk had won, leading to a consistently steady career. It was just the end of another wacky golf round.
 
You know, really anything can happen in this game. Just when you think you've got it licked, you think nothing can go wrong, always seems to collapse and fold in on you, said Furyk, still not sure of his good fortune ' but sure of his sterling play.
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Edoardo, other pros congratulate Francesco on Twitter

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:54 pm

Francesco Molinari played a bogey-free weekend at Carnoustie to claim Italy's first claret jug.

His rock-solid performance in the final round earned him his share of social media plaudits.

Here's a collection of Twitter hat-tips, and we start off with Frankie's brother, Dodo.

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Woods: Fan who yelled had 'tipped back a few'

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:37 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods stood on the 18th tee and thought he needed birdie to have a chance to win The Open. He pulled driver out of his bag, a sign he wanted to boot the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Woods took a mighty swat and - right in the middle of his downswing - someone yelled. Woods flinched.

Luckily his ball still found a decent spot just off the right of the fairway.


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“I’ve had things like that happen a lot in my career with people who just tried to time it,” Woods said Sunday at Carnoustie after shooting 71 to tie for sixth place. “They tipped back a few, and it’s late in the day.

“Unfortunately, that’s part of what we have to deal with in today’s game. People are trying to yell out things to try to be on TV or be in social media or whatever it may be. That was too close to the game of play.”

Woods hit his approach to 6 feet and missed the birdie putt. He tapped in for par to shoot even par and finish 5 under for the week, in a tie for sixth.

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Pros melt down on Twitter as they watch Tiger

By Grill Room TeamJuly 22, 2018, 6:30 pm

Tiger Woods mounted a final-round charge and, for a little while, took the outright lead at Carnoustie on Sunday.

His fellow pros were watching and tweeting like your average fans.

We compiled some of their missives below:

Woods would go on to finish in a tie for sixth at 5 under par for the week.

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Woods shares emotional embrace with his kids

By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 6:21 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods missed a birdie putt on the last hole that would’ve vaulted him into a tie for second place at The Open. It was a difficult way to end an otherwise successful week for the 14-time major champion, who is just happy to playing majors again.

Then he walked off the 18th, saw his two children, daughter Sam and son Charlie, and they all took a moment for a long embrace. Turns out, that was the perfect way to end the week.

“I told them I tried and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your pops for trying as hard as I did,'” Woods said Sunday after putting the finishing touches on an even-par 71 to end at 5 under for the week.


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“It’s pretty emotional because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me and how much it feels good to be back playing again.”

In 2008, when Woods won his last major, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Sam was a year old and Charlie was not yet born. They don’t know how much their father used to dominate this game, especially majors. The last time Woods won a PGA Tour event was five full years ago. Woods has joked in the past that they only know him as a YouTube sensation.

“So, for them to understand what I was doing early in my career,” he said. “The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. Man, it’s just such a great feeling.”