Monday, September 27, 2010

The Fed Ex Cup goes to Furyk

All Jim Furyk had to do this weekend is win the Tour Championship and he would also win the Fed Ex Cup. If he gets second, in the tournament, then he would not have been in the top five in the finial Fed Ex standings. No pressure going into Sunday’s finial round. It seemed that Furyk pretty much had the tournament wrapped up going into the last three holes with a three stroke lead, but after a bogey on 16 and Luke Donald chipping in for birdie on 17, the tournament came down to the 18th hole. Then once Furyk hit his second shot into a deep bunker the tension we very evident. With Donald watching the coverage in the scorer’s tent he saw Furyk put an incredibility tough bunker shot within two feet of the cup. Once he tapped that in you could see the relief and joy on his face and I am sure the thought of the 10 million dollar bonus brought about a pretty nice feeling too! All in all, that par on 18 was worth 11.35 million dollars! 10 million for winning the FedEx Cup and 1.35 for winning the Tour Championship. Not a bad payout for playing a game!

This has to be what the PGA was thinking of when they introduced the playoffs four years ago. Six players had a chance to claim the $10 million prize over the final hour at East Lake, from Matt Kuchar as the top seed to Nick Watney all the way down at No. 28. It really was fun to watch even with a two hour rain delay. Juryk didn’t get a long time to celebrate his accomplishments since he had to get on a charter flight with the rest of the Ryder cup team on Sunday night. I think his victory will help give the US team a little edge where as if Luck Donald would have won it all, the European team would have the momentum! I am looking forward to the international matches this weekend; there should be some good match ups and some great golf. Even if the weather is nasty, sort of like it was on Sunday!

Nice job Furyk!

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