Sunday, December 6, 2009

TALKING GOLF WITH GARY #055

FURYK WINS CHEVRON
Jim Furyk ended a two year absence from the winners circle by winning the Chevron World Challenge by one  stroke over Graeme McDowell and two shots over Lee Westwood.  Furyk made key putts on his final two holes , but had to sit and wait for McDowell and Westwood to finish.

Furyk finished at 13-under 275 for the victory over Graeme McDowell, who replaced Tiger Woods in the 18-man field. McDowell needed to hole out from the fairway to force a playoff, and it looked for a moment as if it had a chance.

McDowell settled for a birdie and a 70, and his second-place finish moved him up to No. 38 in the world ranking and virtually assured him a spot in the Masters next year.

Lee Westwood had a birdie chip to force a playoff, then missed a 4-foot par putt and had to settle for a 70 and a two-way tie for third with Padraig Harrington, who had two eagles in his round of 70.

Furyk took the lead with a birdie on the 10th and never trailed again, although he was in trouble on the par-3 17th when his tee shot was short and went into a bunker. He blasted out 35 feet beyond the hole, then made a clutch par putt to keep his one-shot lead.

Furyk went right at the flag on the 18th with his second shot  and watched it settle 5 feet below the cup. When he reached the green, he saw that Westwood had birdied the 17th to tie him.

Furyk sunk  the putt, then watched to see if anyone could catch him. The victory moved Furyk to No. 6 in the World Rankings.

Tiger Woods, the tournament host, wasn’t around to present the trophy . He withdrew because of injuries from his Nov. 27 car crash, although he was part of every conversation because of the worldwide publicity over allegations of extramarital affairs.





SCOTT WINS AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Adam Scott won the Australian Open  shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday to beat Stuart Appleby by five strokes. It was Scott's first pro victory in his home country.

Scott won 14 times worldwide since turning pro in 2000 before breaking through in his native land. He finished at 15-under 273 at New South Wales Golf Club.

The win followed Scott’s worst season on the PGA Tour, where he made only nine cuts in 19 tournaments and had just one top-10 finish.

New Zealand’s Michael Long , American Bryce Molder and Australia’s Nick O’Hern  tied for third, nine strokes behind Scott.

John Daly closed with a 71 to finish at 2 over. He will play next week in the Australian PGA at Coolum in Queensland state.





ALLENBY WINS IN SOUTH AFRICA
Robert Allenby won the Nedbank Challenge on Sunday, beating Henrik Stenson on the third playoff hole after a 1-under 71 in the final round.

Stenson shot a 69 to tie Allenby at 11-under 277 at the Gary Player Country Club.

The playoff was held on the par-4 18th, which both players bogeyed in regulation.

They scrambled to halve the hole in the first two playoff rounds before Allenby reached the green with his second shot for the first time in seven attempts in the third round. Stenson, meanwhile, went through the green and then chipped 25 feet past the pin. Allenby two-putted from about 5 feet for the win.

Overnight leader Retief Goosen had a 75 to finish fifth in the 12-man field.

Tim Clark had a 69 and Ross Fisher shot a 70 to share third, while Masters champion Angel Cabrera was sixth after a 75.




WOODS THANKS TOURNAMENT SPONSERS
Tiger Woods has posted another statement on his Web site, this time thanking sponsors and players for being part of the tournament that supports his foundation.

Woods withdrew from the Chevron World Challenge at the start of the week, citing unspecified injuries from a car accident Nov. 27 outside his home in Florida.

He also thanked his staff and the volunteers, and said he was sorry he was unable to fulfill his duties as a host .
Read the full statement here  http://web.tigerwoods.com/news/article/200912067763444/news/

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