PGA Tour
Furyk wins Heritage playoff after Davis penalty



Hilton Head Island, SC (Sports Network) - Jim Furyk won The Heritage on Sunday after Brian Davis called a penalty on himself during a playoff.

Davis hit his second left of the green and into a hazard populated by sand and rocks. Furyk was on the back fringe and lagged his birdie try to four feet, then waited for Davis.

After mulling his options, which included a penalty, a drop and a chip at par, Davis elected to try and hit his third from the sand. He blasted out 30 feet past the flag, then immediately called for PGA Tour rules official Slugger White.

Davis told White that on his backswing, his club hit a dead branch. White deemed it a two-stroke penalty and Davis had 30 feet for double-bogey with Furyk in tight for par.

"It was classed as a loose impediment," said Davis. "Shouldn't have hit it in the hazard. What can you do? It's one of those things we all live by. Live by the rules."

Davis took very little time and knocked his putt past the hole. He took off his hat and shook Furyk's hand, but Furyk had to hole out for the victory.

He did just that and it was a second win in 2010 and victory No. 15 in Furyk's PGA Tour career. But afterwards, Furyk spoke of Sunday's bizarre, yet noble ending.

"I'm happy I won, but I feel badly for him," Furyk said of his playoff opponent. "I also respect him a lot for calling it to everyone's attention and bringing it up. It's just a shame. We put on a great duel and it's not the way you want it to end."

Furyk had a two-under 69 on Sunday, while Davis, who was looking for his first tour win, birdied the last in regulation to shoot a three-under 68 and force the playoff. The pair finished 72 holes at 13-under 271 at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Bo Van Pelt (69) and Luke Donald (70) shared third place at minus-10, followed by Camilo Villegas (70), Ricky Barnes (71) and Kris Blanks (68). That trio finished in fifth at nine-under 275.

While the story became Davis calling a penalty on himself in a playoff, Furyk was as steady as always.

"I played a great round of golf today," said Furyk. "I didn't putt particularly well and still shot a 69 on a very difficult golf course."

The third-round leader birdied the second and seventh holes to stay in front. A three-foot birdie putt at the par-four seventh gave Furyk a two-stroke cushion, but his playing partner Davis tapped in a short one to claw within one.

Furyk came up short with a six-iron approach at 10 and made bogey. That dropped him into a tie for first, but he reclaimed the lead with a five-foot birdie putt at No. 12.

Davis matched him with a 12-foot birdie putt at 13, but Furyk dropped out of the lead when he missed the green at the par-three 14th, but Davis fell out of first with some nervous play.

He missed a six-foot par save at the par-five 15th after his lay up trickled into the rough. Davis hit into a bunker at 16 and couldn't get up and down. The Englishman had five feet for par and pulled it so badly, the ball didn't touch the hole.

Down one, Davis played a spectacular second into the closing hole. His six- iron second hopped over the cup and stopped 17 feet from the hole. Davis ran home the birdie putt and now Furyk had four feet for par.

He did that and pocketed $1,026,000 for the victory.

Furyk won the Transitions Championship a few weeks back and despite a poor performance at The Masters last week, is playing as well as he ever has.

"I've only had year before in my career where I won two tournaments in a year and that was back in '03 when I won the U.S. Open," said Furyk. "I'm on a roll right now. I've played great the last month."

Stuart Appleby (67), Rickie Fowler (67), Nick O'Hern (71) and Heath Slocum (72) shared eighth at minus-eight.

NOTES: Furyk was a runner-up here in 2005 and 2006...Last year's winner Brian Gay shot a two-under 69 and tied for 32nd at four-under par...Next week is the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which was won by Jerry Kelly in 2009.

04/18 19:35:36 ET