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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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Pro golfer Hosung Choi has the most ridiculous golf swing you’ll ever see

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Professional golfer Hosung Choi, playing in the third round of the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, has set the golf Internet on fire with his wildly entertaining golf swing. And while it may look ridiculous, he’s currently sitting at 8-under for the event through three rounds, only two shots back of the leader. It’s worth noting that the top two finishers in the Korea Open will earn a spot in the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie next month.

Enjoy the videos of his golf swing below!

Top-100 swing instructor and GolfWRX’s resident swing expert Tom Stickney has this to say about Choi’s golf swing: “The club goes up and away with a nice rerouting motion from the top into a perfect delivery and impact position. It’s obvious that this guy can play from those two positions, however, I’m not sure about the dismount. Nor can I even guess why he does it…I’m betting he was self-taught and made that move from day one. Great lesson to all the “golf swing” centric people playing today, why change it if it brings you to the dance?!?!”

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Marty Jertson, Ping’s Director of Product Development, qualified for the PGA Championship

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The top 20 professionals from the PGA Professional Championship–contested last weekend at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, California–are heading to the PGA Championship later this year.

Perhaps you saw Ryan Vermeer, at 5 under, was the medalist. What you may not have seen however, is something particularly cool for golf equipment geeks: Ping’s Director of Product Development, Marty Jertson, qualified–and he did so in spectacular fashion: the 37-year-old birdied the last three holes to finish T9.

Not bad for an engineer!

Also noteworthy: Ping confirmed Jertson played the company’s yet-to-be announced i500 irons in his 3, 4, and 5-irons, which will reportedly be available mid-summer. Yes, they confirmed that the rumors are true; Ping’s new iron will be called i500.

Related: We did a podcast with Jertson at the PGA Show, we also interviewed him back in 2017.

 

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Reddit AMA alert: Anthony Taranto, Callaway’s wedge art maestro, on his favorite designs, WITB

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If you’ve been around GolfWRX for any period of time, you’ve seen Anthony Taranto’s work. The Callaway wedge specialist is tasked with designing some of the coolest wedge decorations in the game.

Taranto did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) yesterday, and The Wedge Art Wizard (as he introduced himself) didn’t disappoint.

Here are a few highlights (edited for spelling)

Remoolg asked: How did you start working at Callaway and get into this specific position?

AT: Back in 1999 Callaway had a job fair for their new golf ball plant Mr. Callaway was opening. I made it though many layoffs and reorganization. I was good at building clubs and I was placed in the pro tour department about 12 years ago. About 4 1/2 years ago I discovered this technique for sandblasting art onto wedges and now here we are.

Loudshorts asked: What’s the most odd art request you’ve put on a wedge and what’s the most common?

AT: Most odd: Probably Michelle Wie’s Harry Potter-themed wedges

I didn’t know anything about Harry Potter at the time so I had to do some research. Accio birdies!
Most common would just be old fashioned stamping of players initials.

Bunny said: Billy Idol, never pictured him as a golfer. What kind of design did he want on his clubs?

AT: He asked for his logo, which is this cool crown with a lightning bolt:

Iamrobert_paulson asked: What wedges are in your bag? Can we see pics?

AT: I’m gaming MD4’s: 45° (46 bent to 45), 50°, 55° (54 bent to 55), and 60°. Design wise: Skull & Crossbones and lots of stars.

Dr. Troutman asked: What is your favorite custom set you’ve ever done?

AT: Putting me on the spot! It might be these that I just recently made. Figured out how to evolve the sand blasting technique and start doing layers. Really happy with how these came out:

You can check out the full AMA here.

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