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In Transition – Furyk Wins At Innisbrook

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It might not have been the pretty finish that many a story is written about but Jim Furyk did what was necessary Sunday to return to the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour.

Furyk, winless since the 2007 RBC Canadian Open, earned his 14th career PGA Tour victory at the Transitions Championship by showing great resolve, especially on the putting surfaces. His 271 total (-13) was just enough to keep him ahead of charging K.J. Choi (272) and Bubba Watson (273).

With a multiple stroke lead through part of the day Furyk stayed on point and made some critical putts when he had to, both for birdies and pars. His biggest bauble came on 18 after an errant tee shot. From a sketchy lie in the right woods he hit an uncharacteristic approach that he even called “pretty stupid” immediately after the round.

“The nerves got me, honestly,” said what looked like a very relieved Furyk to NBC right after he holed out the winning putt.

It is hard to believe a player of Furyk’s stature would feel nervous about winning a regular PGA Tour event but it just goes to show you how much it meant to him to get back to his winning ways.

Furyk, who will turn 40 in May, is in his 17th season on the PGA Tour and is hardly used to going more than 2 years without a win. That is not to say he has not had a few chances in the last 58 official PGA Tour events since Sunday, July 29, 2007 when he defended his RBC Canadian Open Championship. He has piled up 20 top-tens in that time and won almost (USD) $4 million last year alone. But money does not replace wins for successful PGA Tour pros and that was certainly the case for Furyk, the 2003 US Open Champion.

That is not to say he will not enjoy the $972,000 for today’s win but the chance to hold a real trophy again (Furyk won the unofficial Chevron World Challenge last December) was what he was really seeking.

Furyk started the day with a three-stroke lead and when he finally got to tee it up after a multi-hour weather delay he showed he wanted to stay on top. After Choi pressed him with a fury of opening birdies Furyk responded with his own on the 8th, 11th, and 12th hole to re-establish his three-stroke margin. Bogeys on 13, 15, and 18 were not enough to keep him from his goal.

Sadly Furyk’s win became a bit of afterthought Sunday with the announcement and airing of Tiger Woods interviews on ESPN and Golf Channel just as he finished up on the Copperhead course but the newly minted tour winner did not care that his win might be overshadowed in the news on Monday. “I won the damn thing, and it really doesn’t matter to me,” he said regarding the subject. 

Furyk looked very intense this week at Innisbrook (inc. photo taken Tuesday during a long range session) and struck the ball with determination. Even his competitors noticed a renewed focus in his play. K.J. Choi, who actually tied him early in the round, was impressed. “You know, I felt like if I shot 4-under or better, you know, I could go into a playoff, or even come up with a win. But you know; my hat is off to Jim. He just played very well today. It's probably the best round of golf I've seen him play recently, and he putted great, too.”

The champ did play well and he did so on a very difficult course; one the players really respect. It added up to a satisfying result. “There isn’t a player on this course that wouldn’t call this a top-ten course on tour,” said Furyk who added that it was one of the reasons why the event attracted such a good field. “I’m proud of the fact that this was played on a pretty tough against some pretty good players.”

With the win Jim Furyk should move to 6th in the Official World Golf Rankings and leaps from 84th to 7th in the FedEx Cup standings.

He is in the field for the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard next week at Bay Hill in Orlando.

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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