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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    Els eyeing potential Prez Cup players at CJ Cup

    By Will GrayOctober 16, 2018, 6:55 pm

    Ernie Els is teeing it up this week in South Korea as a player, but he's also retaining the perspective of a captain.

    While the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia is still more than a year away, Els has already begun the process of keeping tabs on potential players who could factor on his International squad that will face an American contingent captained by Tiger Woods. Els played in last week's CIMB Classic in Malaysia, and this week received one of eight sponsor exemptions into the limited-field CJ Cup on Jeju Island.

    Els played a Tuesday practice round with Presidents Cup veteran and Branden Grace and India's Shubankhar Sharma, who held a share of the 54-hole lead last week in Malaysia.

    "It's going to be a very diverse team the way things are shaping up already," Els told reporters. "We've got another year to go, so we're going to have an interesting new group of players that's going to probably make the team."

    In addition to keeping tabs on Grace and Sharma, Els will play the first two rounds with Australia's Marc Leishman and South Korea's Si Woo Kim. Then there's Sungjae Im, a native of Jeju Island who led the Web.com Tour money list wire-to-wire last season.

    "There's so many Korean youngsters here this week, so I'm going to really see how they perform," Els said. "Still a long way to go, but these guys, the young guys are going to be really the core of our team."

    Els, who will turn 49 on Wednesday, made only five cuts in 15 PGA Tour starts last season, with his best result a T-30 finish at the Valero Texas Open. While it's increasingly likely that his unexpected triumph at the 2012 Open will end up being his final worldwide victory, he's eager to tackle a new challenge in the coming months by putting together the squad that he hopes can end the International losing skid in the biennial matches.

    "The U.S. team is a well-oiled team. They play Ryder Cups together, they obviously play very well in the Presidents Cups against us, so they're a very mature team," Els said. "We are going to be a young team, inexperienced. But that doesn't scare me because I know the course very well down in Melbourne, I've played it many, many times. I feel I have a very good game plan to play the golf course strategy-wise and I'm going to share that with my players."

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    CIMB champ Leishman hopes to improve on CJ runner-up

    By Will GrayOctober 16, 2018, 6:29 pm

    Marc Leishman is back in Korea with momentum on his side, hoping to fare a little better than a year ago.

    Leishman nearly took home the trophy in the inaugural CJ Cup, making birdie on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Justin Thomas. But the Aussie put his approach into the water on the second extra hole, allowing Thomas to wrap up the win a few minutes later.

    "Excited to be back in Korea. I have a lot of good memories here at this golf course," Leishman told reporters. "Hopefully I can play well again and go one better than last year."

    Leishman's playoff loss kick-started a strong opening stretch to his wraparound season, but he closed it without a victory. That drought ended in emphatic fashion last week, as he cruised to a five-shot win at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia for his fourth career PGA Tour win and his third since March 2017.

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    Leishman told reporters last week in Malaysia that before the week started, his driving was so crooked that he feared his equipment reps might need to add a few golf balls to his locker. Instead, he found his groove en route to shooting 26 under par at TPC Kuala Lumpur and leaving the field in his wake.

    "Golf's a funny game. It can change very quickly from bad to good or from good to bad," Leishman said. "It was certainly a goal of mine to win this season, and to win my first event of the season is great. Also to be going back to Maui puts me in a different frame of mind for the whole year. For a lot of reasons, I'm really happy with what last week brought."

    Leishman played on the Korean PGA Tour in 2006 while getting his pro career off the ground, but even with that experience he expects a learning curve while going from the steamy conditions of Malaysia to the cool and wet climate that has greeted players this week on Jeju Island.

    "It's a big adjustment going from so hot and humid last week to fairly cold and hopefully not wet, but it was wet this morning," Leishman said. "The ball goes different distances, your body's not quite as loose as what it is when it's hot. Just little things like that that you have to adjust to."

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    Bowditch eyes same fusion surgery as Tiger

    By Will GrayOctober 16, 2018, 6:03 pm

    After struggling through a couple lean years on the course, Steven Bowditch is ready to go under the knife.

    Bowditch has won twice on the PGA Tour, and the Aussie was a member of the International Team at the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea. But his game fell apart shortly thereafter, as Bowditch has made just two cuts in his last 40 starts dating back to July 2016 while putting up some eye-popping scores.

    Bowditch's exemption for his win at the 2015 AT&T Byron Nelson expired in August 2017, and he spent last season without full-time status on Tour for the first time since 2010. He made eight starts, notably finding a caddie via Twitter search before missing the cut at the John Deere Classic in July.

    But the 35-year-old revealed Tuesday that his on-course struggles have been tied to some health concerns that have been difficult to pinpoint. Having finally received the appropriate diagnosis, he is preparing for a spinal fusion surgery next month between the L5 and S1 vertebrae - the same two that Tiger Woods successfully fused last year:

    Bowditch's estimate of a "late 2019" return likely means he'll miss the entire 2018-19 season. When he returns he would do so with past champion status based on his wins, which also included the 2014 Valero Texas Open.

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    Thomas, Koepka grouped as both vie for No. 1 in Korea

    By Will GrayOctober 16, 2018, 1:44 pm

    The PGA Tour remains in Asia this week, where another star-studded field is gathered for a no-cut event. Here's a look at some of the marquee, early-round groupings at the CJ Cup in South Korea, where Justin Thomas will look to retain his title as the tournament's lone champion with the action getting started Wednesday night for American viewers (all times ET):

    7:15 p.m. Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Thursday: Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Sungjae Im

    Thomas won the inaugural edition of this event last year in a playoff, and he returns to defend his title with hopes of supplanting idle Dustin Johnson as world No. 1. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Koepka, who is making his first start since being named PGA Tour Player of the Year and, like Thomas, could move to world No. 1. Rounding out the group is Im, a Korean native who went wire-to-wire leading the Web.com Tour money list in 2018 and nearly won his first event as a PGA Tour member in Napa.

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    8:15 p.m. Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. Thursday: Marc Leishman, Si Woo Kim, Ernie Els

    Leishman lost to Thomas in overtime at this event last year, but he returns to Jeju Island with plenty of momentum after dusting the field last week en route to a five-shot win at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Joining him will be Kim, who won the 2017 Players Championship and will have plenty of support from the Korean fans, and Els, playing this week on a sponsor invite as he continues to keep an eye on potential stars for the Presidents Cup team he will captain next year.

    8:25 p.m. Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. Thursday: Jason Day, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama

    They're two Aussies who teamed on plenty of Presidents Cup squads and have both reached the top of the world rankings, and now they'll play together for the first two rounds in Korea. Day is making his first start since East Lake, while Scott made a rare appearance at the Japan Open last week where he tied for 50th. Rounding out the trio will be Matsuyama, another Presidents Cup fixture who tied for fourth at the Tour Championship to end last season.

    8:35 p.m. Wednesday, 7:25 p.m. Thursday: Kevin Tway, Austin Cook, Xander Schauffele

    Tway finished T-27 last week in Malaysia in his first start as a PGA Tour winner, having taken the trophy two weeks ago in Napa. He'll be joined in Korea by Cook, who contended throughout last week en route to a T-13 finish, and Schauffele, the former Rookie of the Year who shot 65-68 over the weekend in Kuala Lumpur.