Harringtons Late Eagle Shocks Furyk

By Sports NetworkJune 26, 2005, 4:00 pm
HARRISON, N.Y. -- Padraig Harrington drained a 65-foot eagle putt on the final hole Sunday to leap past Jim Furyk and win the Barclays Classic.
 
'I didn't experience that before in winning a tournament,' admitted Harrington, who pocketed $1,035,000 for the win. 'Normally you have a short putt or two putt to win. But the excitement of following that putt down, was very special.'
 
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Padraig Harrington reacts after rolling in a 65-foot eagle putt at 18 to top Jim Furyk.
Harrington posted a 1-under 70 to finish four rounds at 10-under-par 274. Jim Furyk only managed an even-par 71 to come in one shot behind at minus-9.
 
Brad Faxon and Brian Gay carded matching rounds of 2-over-par 73 on Sunday. They shared third place with Kenny Perry, who shot an even-par 71. The trio was knotted at 5-under-par 279.
 
Furyk let Harrington back into the tournament as the 2003 U.S. Open winner stumbled at No. 16. Furyk had a two-shot lead, but three-putted from almost 80 feet, to see his lead fall to one.
 
At the par-4 17th, Furyk's approach landed 44 feet from the hole. His birdie putt missed by close to 7 feet and Furyk's par-saver never touched the hole.
 
The duo was knotted coming down Westchester Country Club's par-5 closing hole. Furyk did not find the fairway with his drive, so he laid up with his second. He wedged his third to 15 feet, but Harrington reached the green with a 3-iron.
 
Harrington, a three-time European Ryder Cupper from Ireland, rolled in his long eagle putt to win. Furyk congratulated Harrington on the victory, then sank his birdie putt to lose by a single stroke.
 
'I wanted just me and Jim to be fighting out for it and being a bit more like a match,' said Harrington. 'You could analyze it all day, you've got to go with what it feels like and trust that you've got the feeling right, because if you start trying to think about it, you could hit it 15 feet by or even let it come off the tier or short.'
 
Furyk knew he let the opportunity at his first victory since 2003 go on 16 and 17.
 
'There's no consolation,' said Furyk, who has not won since wrist surgery at the beginning of last year. 'I don't know how to elaborate on that, other than finishing second really stinks.'
 
Furyk and Harrington began the final round tied at 9 under par, but Harrington made a mess of his early holes. He missed a 35-foot birdie putt by 10 feet at No. 2 and left with bogey. One hole later, Harrington three-putted again, this time it was for double bogey.
 
But Harrington tied Furyk atop the leaderboard at the par-5 ninth. Harrington got on in two with a 6-iron and converted the 10-footer for eagle. Furyk two-putted from 35 feet to make birdie on the same hole, to take a one-shot lead.
 
Harrington padded Furyk's advantage when he missed the fairway with a 3-wood at No. 11. The Irishman dropped another shot at the difficult 12th to find himself three back.
 
Harrington hit a wedge inside 5 feet to set up birdie at the 14th. He was down two, but thanks to Furyk's miscues coming in, Harrington collected his second win this season and second since playing the PGA Tour full time. He won the Honda Classic in March.
 
He also got a bit of redemption from a year ago. In a playoff last year, Harrington missed a 5-footer in a playoff and eventually lost to Sergio Garcia.
 
'This week, I decided to lighten up a bit and try and enjoy it more,' said Harrington, whose thoughts are back home with his father who is battling cancer. 'I always play better when I've got a smile on my face rather than maybe the last couple of months which have been pretty tough. The nature of things that happen, it's easy to get down on yourself.'
 
Dean Wilson shot an even-par 71 and finished alone in sixth at minus-4.
 
Vijay Singh (73), a two-time winner of this event, John Senden (73), Billy Mayfair (66) and Justin Leonard (71) shared seventh place at 3-under-par 281.
 
Garcia only managed a 1-under 70 and tied for 22nd place at plus-2.
 
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    Hovland finally puts 'it' all together for U.S. Am title

    By Ryan LavnerAugust 20, 2018, 1:35 am

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Viktor Hovland had an hour and a half to decompress and regroup for the afternoon session of the 36-hole final at the 118th U.S. Amateur. During that downtime, he scrolled on his phone for 20 minutes, uninterrupted, before he finally headed toward the buffet line in The Lodge.

    Every college kid is glued to his iPhone, of course, but Hovland wasn’t replying to texts or sifting through his Twitter mentions or checking out Snapchat.

    He was reading a philosophical debate about affirmative action.

    “He’s constantly on his phone, reading articles, gaining knowledge, and there have been times this year that it’s 20 minutes before his tee time and he hasn’t warmed up yet, so we’re thinking, ‘Is Viktor going to warm up today or is he going to roll out there cold?’” said Oklahoma State assistant coach Donnie Darr. “He would go to the range, literally hit 10 to 12 balls and off to the first tee he’d go. He knows what he’s working on – he’s not down there searching.”

    Or as OSU head coach Alan Bratton put it: “If you’ve got it, you’ve got it.”

    Hovland, 20, might be more interested in worldly matters than sports, but his own success story might pop up on his news feed Sunday night.

    With one last commanding performance at Pebble Beach, he capped a near-perfect week by defeating Devon Bling, 6 and 5, to win the U.S. Amateur.

    The new Prince of Pebble’s dominance this week was astounding.

    The fifth-ranked amateur in the world, Hovland never trailed during his final 86 holes and was 1 down only once in six matches. His 104 total holes tied the fewest played by a U.S. Amateur champion since 1979.

    You’d never have known it was just the Norwegian’s second career victory – at any level.  

    “It wasn’t anything flashy,” he said afterward, “but this week it all came together, which is really cool.”

    His championship match against the 302nd-ranked Bling wasn’t flawless, but he also didn’t need to be.

    Hovland so thoroughly trounced his opponents this week that he played 15 fewer holes than Bling, a sophomore at UCLA. In front of a few dozen family and friends, Bling played the best round of his life in the semifinals, but he was 5 over par during the morning 18 Sunday and managed only one non-par 5 birdie all day.  

    Hovland led outright for all but two holes, taking the lead for good after the signature shot of the championship. On the fourth hole, he blasted his tee shot over the cliff, into an ice plant. After sliding down the embankment to reach his ball, he saw it sitting perfectly.

    “It was a hit-and-hope moment,” he said, “and it ended up pretty sweet.”

    Hovland chopped out to 3 feet, the unlikely birdie jump-starting his day. He took a 4-up lead into the intermission and never came close to surrendering that advantage during the afternoon.


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    His eventual 6-and-5 decision was the second-largest margin of victory since 2010.

    “He’s been on a steady rise,” said Bratton, who caddied for Hovland this week, “and I can’t wait to see where he goes from here.”

    Bratton was also on the bag for the 2010 U.S. Amateur champion at Chambers Bay. But unlike Peter Uihlein, the top amateur who wanted to play for the top program, Hovland was an underrated addition in Stillwater.

    In the summer of 2013, Bratton took a trip to Scotland to watch one of his prized recruits, Kristoffer Ventura, at the European Boys Championship. While there Bratton watched the rest of the Norwegian national team practice, and the newest and youngest member of that squad stood out.

    “I promise you I know what good is when I see it,” Bratton said, “and Viktor was good.”

    Still, Hovland never won as a junior – a common theme, until recently – and was lightly recruited through his senior year of high school, only receiving interest from Texas Tech, TCU, Tennessee and Bratton’s Oklahoma State program. Though many of his friends chose the pro route, Hovland was dead set on college. “I just didn’t think I was good enough for the pros,” he said.

    During recruiting, Hovland would talk on the phone with Bratton for hours, about almost everything – TV shows, politics, philosophy. He devours podcasts. He’s an ardent movie critic. He extensively researches and then welcomes a debate on the day’s hottest topics.

    Even without any tournament titles on Hovland’s résumé, Bratton was so smitten that he didn’t bother to bring in another recruit for the class of 2016. He was all-in, with no backup option, and Hovland visited the campus for the first time a week before signing day his senior year.

    The gamble paid off.

    Hovland closed out his freshman season with five consecutive top-10s and earned first-team All-Big 12 honors, but as a sophomore he truly became an elite player.

    During his freshman year his swing was too shallow and he struggled to get the ball airborne. At OSU’s event at Southern Highlands in Las Vegas, Hovland bubbled with frustration when he couldn’t stop his shots on the firm greens.

    “For the life of me I could hit a 3-wood off the deck,” he said. “It was disgusting to look at.”

    He finally had enough last fall, when he flew to South Florida to see his swing coach, Denny Lucas, for three days over the Thanksgiving break. They worked to get Hovland more into his left side at impact and compress the ball. 

    The difference was significant and immediate. He won his first college tournament in the spring, only once placed outside the top 25 in an event and became a first-team All-American. He also saved his best for the biggest stages, leading off the Cowboys in match play and going a perfect 3-0 as they cruised to the NCAA title.

    “Prior to that he got a lot out of that because his mis-hits were so good, but his good shots are way better now,” Darr said. “His ball flight is higher, so he’s more versatile as a player. He can hit it farther and hit it both ways. I think you’re going to see he’s going to win a lot of tournaments moving forward.” 

    This summer, Hovland reached the Round of 16 at the British Amateur and tied for second at the European Amateur before his resounding performance here at Pebble Beach. He’s the first player since Florida’s Bubba Dickerson (2001) to be part of a NCAA title team and win the U.S. Amateur in the same year.

    “I always thought I had a pretty good vocabulary,” Hovland said, “but I’m at a loss for words. It’s really special. I just hope it’s the start of something great.” 

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    After Further Review: Women's No. 1 ranking a precarious perch

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 20, 2018, 1:20 am

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

    On musical chairs at the top of the women's rankings ...

    Women’s golf is a game of musical chairs these days. The Rolex Women’s World Rankings are a testament to the depth of the tour, with seven changes at No. 1 in the last 14 months. Ariya Jutanugarn looked as if she might be on her way to  dominating this season, but her latest run at No. 1 lasted three weeks. Sung Hyun Park’s victory Sunday at the Indy Women in Tech Championship helped her take back the top ranking. Park lasted a week at No. 1 the first time she got there late last fall. Jutanugarn lasted two weeks at No. 1 the first time she got there last summer. Sung Hyun Park, Jutanugarn, Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng and Lydia Ko have all taken turns at the top since June of 2017, and there’s no reason to believe anyone should get too comfortable on the game’s throne the rest of the year. - Randall Mell


    On a promising day for U.S. Ryder Cup chances ...

    This year’s Ryder Cup is still weeks away, but Sunday was a good day for the U.S. team.

    Brandt Snedeker birdied two of his last four holes to win the Wyndham Championship and set the stage for a potential captain’s pick and his third start at the biennial matches.

    If U.S. captain Jim Furyk can rest easier with his four picks coming into focus, he can also take solace in Webb Simpson’s play at the Wyndham. Simpson, who held on to the final automatic qualifying spot at the PGA Championship, closed with a 62 at Sedgefield Country Club to finish tied for second place.

    And Furyk shot a final-round 63 to tie for fourth at the Wyndham, so a good day all the way around for the U.S. captain. - Rex Hoggard

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    S.H. Park tops Salas for Indy title, takes over No.1

    By Randall MellAugust 20, 2018, 12:03 am

    Sung Hyun Park moved back to Rolex world No. 1 with her victory Sunday at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

    With her 10-foot birdie defeating Lizette Salas on the first sudden death playoff hole at Brickyard Crossing, Park knocked Ariya Jutanugarn off the top of the world rankings.

    It marks Park’s second ascension to world No. 1.

    Park lasted a week at the top the first time she moved to No. 1 in November of last year. Jutanugarn’s second run at No. 1 ends after three weeks.


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    There has been a lot of movement at the top of the world rankings in the women’s game the last two seasons, with Park marking the seventh change at the top in the last 14 months.

    The victory was Park’s third LPGA title of the year, matching Jutanugarn for most on tour this season.

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    Playoff qualifiers: 2018 FedExCup Top 125

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 20, 2018, 12:00 am

    Top 125 in the 2017-18 FedExCup point standings, through the final regular-season event, the Wyndham Championship. These players qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.

    1. Dustin Johnson 2,717
    2. Justin Thomas 2,634
    3. Brooks Koepka 2,012
    4. Justin Rose 1,991
    5. Bubba Watson 1,879
    6. Jason Day 1,771
    7. Webb Simpson 1,710
    8. Francesco Molinari 1,682
    9. Bryson DeChambeau 1,617


    10. Patrick Reed 1,555
    11. Phil Mickelson 1,546
    12. Tony Finau 1,509
    13. Jon Rahm 1,430
    14. Patrick Cantlay 1,388
    15. Patton Kizzire 1,386
    16. Paul Casey 1,319
    17. Rickie Fowler 1,302
    18. Kyle Stanley 1,198
    19. Kevin Na 1,183


    20. Tiger Woods 1,162
    21. Rory McIlroy 1,154
    22. Marc Leishman 1,148
    23. Tommy Fleetwood 1,130
    24. Chesson Hadley 1,122
    25. Pat Perez 1,116
    26. Andrew Landry 1,116
    27. Aaron Wise 1,086
    28. Xander Schauffele 1,081
    29. Luke List 1,080


    30. Brandt Snedeker 1,077
    31. Austin Cook 1,060
    32. Brian Harman 1,056
    33. Gary Woodland 1,044
    34. Ian Poulter 1,030
    35. Andrew Putnam 1,026
    36. Chez Reavie 1,020
    37. Ryan Armour 1,006
    38. Brendan Steele 998
    39. Alex Noren 989


    40. Kevin Kisner 971
    41. Billy Horschel 960
    42. Beau Hossler 957
    43. Jordan Spieth 945
    44. Byeong Hun An 913
    45. Emiliano Grillo 901
    46. Si Woo Kim 893
    47. Charles Howell III 885
    48. Brian Gay 880
    49. Keegan Bradley 872


    50. Henrik Stenson 868
    51. J.J. Spaun 849
    52. Zach Johnson 839
    53. Cameron Smith 821
    54. Scott Piercy 802
    55. Ryan Moore 795
    56. Rafa Cabrera Bello 784
    57. Whee Kim 764
    58. Stewart Cink 758
    59. Chris Kirk 756


    60. Ted Potter Jr. 744
    61. Jimmy Walker 719
    62. Jason Kokrak 700
    63. C.T. Pan 693
    64. Matt Kuchar 679
    65. Joel Dahmen 676
    66. Michael Kim 675
    67. Kevin Streelman 673
    68. Keith Mitchell 659
    69. J.B. Holmes 640


    70. Adam Hadwin 638
    71. Brice Garnett 634
    72. Kelly Kraft 627
    73. Adam Scott 623
    74. Louis Oosthuizen 620
    75. Troy Merritt 616
    76. Hideki Matsuyama 607
    77. Satoshi Kodaira 600
    78. Kevin Chappell 597
    79. James Hahn 596


    80. Tom Hoge 594
    81. Peter Uihlein 593
    82. Branden Grace 590
    83. Abraham Ancer 589
    84. Russell Knox 585
    85. Kevin Tway 577
    86. Jamie Lovemark 576
    87. Ollie Schniederjans 573
    88. Russell Henley 569
    89. Daniel Berger 565


    90. Jason Dufner 557
    91. Anirban Lahiri 555
    92. Tyrrell Hatton 550
    93. Patrick Rodgers 541
    94. Brandon Harkins 528
    95. Trey Mullinax 528
    96. Charl Schwartzel 528
    97. Rory Sabbatini 521
    98. Charley Hoffman 515
    99. Alex Cejka 502


    100. Ryan Palmer 500
    101. Richy Werenski 498
    102. Nick Watney 491
    103. Danny Lee 481
    104. Sung Kang 480
    105. John Huh 480
    106. Harold Varner III 474
    107. Scott Stallings 470
    108. Tyler Duncan 457
    109. William McGirt 449


    110. J.T. Poston 448
    111. Bronson Burgoon 446
    112. Vaughn Taylor 445
    113. Martin Laird 443
    114. Sam Ryder 442
    115. Grayson Murray 438
    116. Ryan Blaum 433
    117. Scott Brown 422
    118. Brian Stuard 421
    119. Nick Taylor 420


    120. Sam Saunders 420
    121. Sean O'Hair 417
    122. Bud Cauley 405
    123. Jhonattan Vegas 394
    124. Harris English 383
    125. Seamus Power 377