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 Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

    Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

    “Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

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    Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

    With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

    “The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.