Furyk holds off McDowell to win Chevron
Thousand Oaks, CA (Sports Network) - Jim Furyk carded five-under 67 Sunday to
hold off Graeme McDowell and win the Chevron World Challenge by one stroke.
Furyk completed the tournament at 13-under-par 275, winning for the first time
since the 2007 Canadian Open.
"It has bothered me. I'd be lying if I said otherwise," admitted Furyk. "It is
your goal to go out there every year and win and I haven't been able to do it
in two full seasons on the tour. It's bothered me, but hopefully this will be
a stepping stone."
McDowell, who got into the event when tournament host Tiger Woods withdrew
following his car accident last week, closed with a two-under 70 to end alone
in second at minus-12.
Padraig Harrington (70) and Lee Westwood (70) shared third place at 11-under-
Furyk started the round two behind the leaders. His lone birdie on the front
nine came at the par-five second at Sherwood Country Club. After seven
straight pars, he rolled in a five-footer for birdie at the 10th to grab a
one-stroke lead at 10-under.
The 39-year-old came right back with a two-putt birdie on the par-five 11th.
At the par-five 13th, he chipped his third inside six feet and drained
that birdie effort to get to 12-under.
Now leading by two, Furyk missed the green at 14 and made bogey. A long eagle
effort on 16 lipped out, but he tapped in for birdie to get back to 12-under.
Furyk looked to be in trouble on 17. He found a deep bunker left of the green
and played a safe shot to the back edge of the putting surface. He calmly
rolled in his par putt from over 50 feet to remain one ahead of Westwood, who
had just made a stellar par save of his own on 16.
At the last, Furyk's tee shot found the left side of the fairway and he
dropped his approach within six feet. Knowing that Westwood birdied the 17th
to tie him, Furyk rolled in his birdie putt to regain a one-shot lead.
"I told my caddie, with these two guys bearing down on me, let's just go right
at it," Furyk said of his second shot at the last. "It was my most crisp iron
shot of the day. Down the stretch, I made some key putts."
He then watched the closing drama from the scoring tent.
Westwood, in the next group to finish, left himself 20 feet for birdie to
force a playoff. He missed that putt from the fringe and also missed the
comebacker to end two back.
McDowell, who shared the lead with PGA Champion Y.E. Yang entering the final
round, needed to hole out from the fairway to force an extra session. The
Ulsterman's approach flew right over the flag and stopped five feet away. He
tapped in for a birdie to end alone in second.
"It was moving pretty good when I saw the ball land on television. If that
ball spins back it could go in," said Furyk of his heart-rate as he watched
McDowell's approach at the last.
This is the first year this event has awarded world ranking points and both
Furyk and McDowell made out. Furyk moved from 11th to sixth in the rankings,
while McDowell jumped from 55th to 38th. The big move for McDowell gets him
into the 2010 Masters, which invites the top 50 from the world rankings at the
end of the previous season.
Zach Johnson, who shared the lead after the first round, closed with a five-
under 67. He shared fifth place at nine-under-par 279 with Sean O'Hair (70),
Stewart Cink (68) and Ian Poulter (71).
Yang ended one stroke further back at minus-eight after a two-over 74 in the