OMAHA, Neb. — Jim Furyk put his title alongside a few of golf’s greats Sunday as soon as he recovered from a tough begin within the ultimate spherical of the U.S. Senior Open.
Making his debut within the occasion, Furyk closed with a 1-over 71 to change into the eighth participant to win each the U.S. Open and Senior Open, becoming a member of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper, Gary Participant, Hale Irwin and Orville Moody.
“It is an unbelievable record,” Furyk mentioned. “I did not actually need to look to see who was on it final evening, however once I completed within the scoring tent I noticed it was on TV. They listed the seven of us earlier than. I am very honored and humbled to have my title in the identical breath, to be sincere with you. That is some rattling good gamers.”
Furyk completed at 7-under 273 at Omaha Nation Membership and held off Retief Goosen and Mike Weir by three strokes.
He gained the U.S. Open in 2003 at Olympia Fields south of Chicago, is a 17-time winner on the PGA Tour and gained his first two PGA Tour Champions occasions upon turning 50 final yr. This was the third senior main he is performed. He tied for sixteenth within the Senior PGA and was sixth within the Senior Gamers Championship.
It was not the stress-free ultimate spherical Furyk needed Sunday. He performed the primary three holes in 3 over, discovering the unforgiving tough thrice on the second gap and a difficult lie within the greenside bunker on the third. Out of the blue, his four-shot lead was down to 1.
Furyk righted himself with a birdie on the par-5 sixth and, after going out in 2-over 37, regained the four-shot lead by the point he made the flip.
It wasn’t till he caught his 109-yard method to three toes to birdie the par-5 sixteenth that he put away his closest pursuers, main champions Goosen and Weir. That put him three up with two holes to play.
“I felt actual good about it, I will say that,” he mentioned. “Wanting again after making bogey at 15, that was in all probability the clincher.”
Furyk performed his ultimate 15 holes in 2 beneath and completed at 7-under 273 to win the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy and $720,000. He was the seventh participant to have a lead of 4 or extra strokes getting into the ultimate spherical of the U.S. Senior Open, and 6 have gone on to win.
Weir tied for lowest spherical of the day with a 67, and Goosen shot 69.
Furyk appeared to be in full management after he adopted his 64 on Friday with a 66 on Saturday.
However he bogeyed the par-5 second gap after his layup try from the suitable tough rolled throughout the green and into the left tough, and his subsequent shot discovered the greenside cabbage.
Then he put his tee shot slightly below the lip of the left bunker on the par-3 third and wanted two swings to get out. He two-putted for a double bogey that dropped him to five beneath for the event.
“I used to be just a bit mad at myself for turning a 4 right into a 5,” Furyk mentioned. “You’ve got received an enormous lead or received a lead going into Sunday, that is what you are making an attempt to keep away from. So I used to be actually simply making an attempt to gather myself.”
Goosen birdied the primary gap and tapped in for one more on the sixth to get to 4 beneath. It appeared as if he would stall out with bogeys on two of his subsequent 4 holes, however he performed his final seven in 2 beneath to hold round.
“General, I might say the way in which I felt early within the week I might have taken second,” Goosen mentioned, “however it might have been good to have been just a little nearer coming down the final.”
Weir began the day seven pictures off the lead and made three pushes to get inside three, the final when he made birdie on the sixteenth simply earlier than Furyk bogeyed the fifteenth.
“It will have been actually powerful to catch Jim,” Weir mentioned. “He is such a troublesome competitor and strong participant that he isn’t going to provide too many again, and you already know he will battle.”
Rod Pampling (67) birdied two of the final 4 holes to complete at 3 beneath,
Bernhard Langer, who has gained a report 11 senior majors, made lengthy birdie places on Nos. 11 and 12 and tapped in for one more on No. 13 to drag inside 4 of the lead. The 63-year-old may get no nearer in his bid for his first senior main win since 2017. He had a 68 to tie for fifth at 1 beneath.