Tiger Woods went to the trouble of posting a statement on his Web site to thank his sponsors, staff and volunteers at the Tiger Challenge, which he unfortunately wasn’t able to make.
Furyk, who closed with a 5-under 67, won his first event since the 2007 Canadian Open. The way he played the final two holes made it clear Furyk has not forgotten how to win. He canned a tramliner for par on 17 when it looked for all the world like a bogey was as good as he could do. Furyk was in a horrible spot in the bunker well below the 17th green and semi boned his second to 35 feet beyond the hole. He was hopeful of lagging a tricky putt to 3 feet to make no worse than bogey. Instead, he watched it break sharply to the right over the final few feet and drop into the cup for the jammiest dodger of a par you will ever see. He followed that with a 9-iron to 5 feet on the last before calmly knocking in the birdie putt for a one shot win.
Furyk gives tiger a little lift. Watch where you putting that finger Jim!
McDowell, the replacement for Woods at this tournament, had to hole out from 18th fairway to tie Furyk, and he very nearly did, his ball narrowly missing the hole. His subsequent birdie gave him second place alone.
Allenby’s Claw Grip Is The Don
Meanwhile in Sun City South Africa, Robert Allenby claimed his first win in living memory at the Nedbank Challenge. Allenby did his best to lose the tournament by acting like a “Flamin’ Galla” by taking bogey on the last when a par would have done.
The playoff was held on the par-4 18th, which both players bogeyed in regulation. Allenby reached the green with his second shot for the first time in seven attempts at the third playoff hole. Stenson, meanwhile, went through the green and then chipped 25 feet past the pin. Allenby two-putted from about 5 feet for the win.
Meanwhile Overnight leader Retief Goosen cemented the worst stat on tour with a 75 to finish fifth in the 12-man field. He is no. 1 scorer in rounds 1 to 3 on the European Tour and no. 198 in final round scoring. He shrugged off the stat with his usual warm smile. Not.
Robert Allenby- “I’m stoked at the win. I cant wait to get back to the Bay to see Alf, Miles and all my friends.”