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Furyk ends win drought at the ‘perfect place’


Former FedExCup champion earns first PGA Tour victory since 2010 in playoff at RBC Heritage

Through more than four years and a lot of heartaches, Jim Furyk said he never gave up hope of winning again on the PGA Tour.

Turns out, all he needed was a return to a golf course – Harbour Town Golf Links – that perfectly fit his short-but-precise game, and the return of a putting touch that was hot and cold during the four days of the RBC Heritage but all but perfect when it mattered most.

Furyk chalked up his 17th career PGA Tour victory on Sunday, shooting a day’s-best 8-under par 63 and then holding off South Carolina native Kevin Kisner in a two-hole playoff with a combination of deadly accurate approach shots and clutch birdie putts.

When the winning putt from 12 feet at Harbour Town’s 17th hole (second playoff hole) dropped, the two-time RBC Heritage champion – he previously won in 2010 – showed what it meant to him, punctuating the crowd’s cheers with a fist pump. A lot of emotion, four and a half years’ worth, went into that punch, he said.

“It’s been a little over four and a half (years), to be exact,” Furyk said. “And I think that dropping that putt and getting excited on 17, there was a lot of pent-up frustration.

“I can’t think of a more fitting place to kind of break that streak and get another win under my belt. This is my favorite event. I love being here. And outside of winning another major championship (to add to his 2003 U.S. Open), this is the perfect place to do it.”

Furyk’s 2010 RBC Heritage win was one of three that year, when he snapped a winless streak of three years. His breakthrough win that year at the Transitions Championship, though, left him feeling less elated than grateful to end the pain.

This streak-buster is different, he said.

“In 2010 when I won in Tampa, I said I was happy but I was more relieved,” he said. “This (week), for one reason or another ... it’s not really relief at all. It’s zero percent relief and 100 percent joy. It felt really good.”

 “I really got some good breaks early,” he said.

Then Furyk’s on-again-off-again putting went into warp drive, and he birdied four straight to take the lead at 16-under through nine holes. A bogey, his only one, at 11 briefly left him in a four-way tie, but he rebounded with birdies at Nos. 12, 13 and 15 for a three-shot lead.

 

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