Jim Furyk, the unorthodox-swinging golf pro with 17 career wins on the regular PGA Tour won the top tournament among the 50 years and over crowd on the Champions Tour today–the U.S. Senior Open. He held off Retief Goosen and Mike Weir to finish ahead of them by three strokes with a one-over par 71 and a total of 7-under par 273 at the Omaha Country Club in Omaha, Nebraska. This win fits nicely together with his U.S. Open in 2003.
Furyk had put together a 64 and 66 on the previous two days to start the day today with a four-stroke lead. But it quickly evaporated as he went three over par the first three holes. Suddenly, Furyk’s swing wasn’t producing the same magic since he was fighting the rough off the tee. But he hung on, as he has been known to do in his illustrious career, to lift another U.S.G.A. trophy at day’s end.
Over on the regular PGA Tour, 41-year old Lucas Glover, who had his last win there, his third, ten years ago, snapped that losing streak by winning the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. He did so by birdying five of his last seven holes to shoot a 7-under par 64 at the rain-soaked TPC Deere Run for a 19-under par 265 total. He finished two strokes ahead of Kevin Na and Ryan Moore. Columbian Sebastian Munoz started the day leading the tournament and then cold-shanked an iron shot to finish fourth.
Glover afterwards said in his interview, “I never lost sight of believing I could do this and win again. It’s always nice to prove yourself right.”