Monday 20 November 2017

Familiar final-round failings foil Furyk

Jim Furyk had familiar final-round failings
Jim Furyk had familiar final-round failings

William S Callahan

THREE days after his fabulous 59 at Conway Farms, Jim Furyk was struck yet again by his final-round hoodoo as his Ryder Cup colleague Zach Johnson nipped in for victory in the BMW Championship with a fabulous, bogey-free 65.

Furyk, who last Friday became only the sixth player in history to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour, took a one-stroke lead into his rain-delayed final round yesterday.

He edged two ahead after an early birdie but then his putter cooled and a level-par 71, including three back-nine bogeys, dropped him into third.

Sadly for Furyk (43), it's the sixth straight time since winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup in 2010 that he has led through 54 holes and failed to win.

In truth, Johnson seized his first FedEx Play-off win and 10th PGA Tour title with a fabulous display with the putter. Two sweet birdies at 16 and 17 propelled him to 16-under and two clear of Nick Watney, who had eight birdies on his card as a 64 left him one ahead of Furyk.

Tiger Woods takes the FedEx Cup points lead into this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta, though he was frustrated to finish 11th on nine-under in the BMW after his tournament was blighted by five three-putt bogeys, two of them during yesterday's final-round 71.

Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Johnson and Matt Kuchar feature with Woods in the FedEx top five heading for East Lake and the chance to win that $10m bonus.

Graeme McDowell wrapped up his PGA Tour season with a disappointing 75, which left him tied 57th in the tournament on six-over. Needing a top-six finish to have any chance of making it into the 30-man field in Atlanta, McDowell instead tumbled to 55th place in the bonus list, still worth $110,000.

McDowell was one-over for the first seven holes of his final round when play was halted on Sunday and had three infuriating three-putts on 12, 13 and 14 yesterday as he dropped four shots in five holes on his back nine.

The Portrush man marries fiancée Kristin Stape in the Bahamas on Saturday, September 28.

Rory McIlroy, who signed for a 68 before Sunday's deluge, shared 59th in the tournament on seven-over and finished 50th in the FedEx, banking a $125,000 bonus.

Luke Donald, a long-time member at Conway Farms, soared 25 places up the FedEx points table to clinch the 29th ticket to the Tour Championship, thanks to a sizzling streak of five birdies in six holes on the back nine of the final-round 66 which earned him a share of fourth place in the BMW Championship on 11-under.

Dustin Johnson made it to Atlanta on the bubble after a tense final day.

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