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A Coat of a Different Color – Furyk Wins Verizon Heritage Classic

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It may have come a week later than he hoped but Jim Furyk has secured his 15th win on the PGA Tour. He did so in a strange setting today that saw his fellow competitor, Brian Davis, call a penalty on himself on the first hole of a playoff to virtually hand the victory to the man he battled all day long.

Davis may have a few things in common with Furyk – adidas golf shoes, a Scotty Cameron crafted putter, and both are a part of the Srixon Golf staff, but Davis differs in one big way – wins on the PGA Tour. Currently his tally stands at zero but you can expect that might change in the near future. His birdie on the final hole of regulation today was very impressive. Unfortunately he will still have to learn to overcome the nerves that plagued his short putts on holes 15 and 16, which led to bogeys. If not for them a playoff would not be necessary and he would have earned a Tartan jacket.

Even so Davis was proud of his play this week and did not look for any sympathy for the situation on hole #18 at Harbour Town. As he said, starting with the 7 iron he pulled into the dry bottom of Calabogie Sound, everything that followed was his responsibility. “I just shouldn’t have it in the hazard.” Plain as that, no “woe is me”, no “what could have been.” It’s admirable but it likely won’t make the finish any more palatable when he looks back on it tonight. No first win. No new threads.

Instead it was Furyk who slipped on the plaid. It was far from the Green Jacket he yearned for last week but then again, his play at Harbour Town was dramatically better than what he displayed at Augusta National where he bowed out after two rounds.

The Pennsylvania native now joins Ernie Els as the only two-time winners on the PGA Tour in 2010. Just about a month ago he won the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook. Despite his disappointment last week he still feels he is on top of his game.

“Right now I am playing as well as I have in my career,” Furyk stated after donning the jacket earned by the Verizon Heritage Classic winners. “Right now I am playing as well as I have in my career. I feel good about the way I’ve played this last month. It is not a matter of continuing to play at this level but to keep working on improving. I still have a few things I am working on.”

Unlike in round three, when ten players either led or had a share of the lead, Sunday was a two man race most of the day. Rickie Fowler made an early charge before dropping back to get a piece of eighth place. And, as is tradition at Harbour Town, the back nine eroded the scores and dreams of many a player.

Bo Van Pelt and Luke Donald each posted three bogeys on the back nine today. The pair ended the day tied for third behind Furyk and Davis.

With the win Furyk gets his first multiple-win season since 2006 when he won the Wachovia Championship and RBC Canadian Open. He also now rises to 2nd place in the FedEx Cup standings and has earned just under $2.4 Million in eight starts this year.

Standing in his new wardrobe addition in the media room after his post-win presser a relaxed Furyk quipped, “I’d say I make this jacket look good but I don’t.”

No matter Jim, wins always look good on the PGA Tour, no matter what pattern of fabric they come wrapped in.

Notes:

– This makes six straight weeks that the winner of a PGA Tour event has been playing a Callaway driver. Furyk plays the FT Tour driver and uses an Oban shaft.

-The PGA Tour now heads to New Orleans for the Zurich Classic. Watch for our preview story posted here and at www.flagstick.com in the next few days.

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

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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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