Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Friday's 59 and a Tour Victory Are Memories for Furyk

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Friday's 59 and a Tour Victory Are Memories for Furyk

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. - When he tied a PGA Tour record by shooting a 59 on Friday, Jim Furyk had difficulty explaining how he had managed such a feat, caught between luck, skill and sheer happenstance. After he let his latest final-round lead slip away at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms on Monday, there was no mystery.

"From tee to green, it was plenty good enough," Furyk said. "But from holes 6 through 18, I just didn't putt well enough."

A downpour wiped out most of Sunday's scheduled final round, and Furyk began Monday with a one-stroke lead. After a birdie on the 10th hole, he had a two-shot lead at 15 under par.

But Zach Johnson shot a 6-under 65 and birdied three of the last seven holes to finish 16 under, his furious comeback snatching victory from Furyk, who shot a 71 and finished 13 under. Nick Watney was second after a 7-under 64 that left him 14 under.

"A phenomenal day," Johnson said. "One of the best final rounds I probably have come up with in a while, especially coming down the stretch."

For Furyk, it was an all-too-familiar scene, as he was unable to deliver crucial putts with victory within his grasp. It has been three years since he won the Tour Championship. He has flirted with the top of the leader board since, but he has not won a tournament. Monday made it the sixth consecutive time he failed to convert at least a share of the lead after 54 holes into a win.

Furyk lost the lead to Johnson on the 13th hole when his five- foot par putt lipped out. On the 16th hole, Johnson nailed an 18- foot birdie putt from just off the green. He pumped his fist as the ball rolled into the cup. Furyk bogeyed the 16th - his third bogey of the back nine - and Johnson birdied the 17th.

"The wrong way to ever think about a lead is holding on," Furyk said. "I felt like the idea today was to go out, be aggressive and hit the ball at the pin - try to shoot 4 or 5 under and make the rest of the field chase me. …

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