Jim Furyk had gone 100 starts without winning, a stretch that gnawed at his psyche and challenged his confidence.
That all disappeared in uncharacteristic fashion Sunday when he won his first PGA Tour title in five years with birdies on both playoff holes to outlast Kevin Kisner at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
When the winning putt fell on the par-3 17th, the typically reserved Furyk dropped his putter and punched the air.
“I think getting excited on 17 there was a lot of pent-up frustrations,” he said.
Furyk won for the second time at RBC Heritage, the other coming in 2010 in what turned out to be the best year of his career. He won two other events, including the Tour Championship, and captured the $10 million FedEx Cup.
Furyk won the 2003 U.S. Open and entered this tournament ranked 10th in the world, but he has struggled to close out events. He was 0-of-9 when leading tournaments after three rounds since that Tour Championship victory. He is 44 and always believed he’d win again.
Browne wins at Senior Tour stop in Georgia
Olin Browne won the Greater Gwinnett Championship after constant rain forced the cancellation of Sunday’s final round in Duluth, Georgia.
The 57-year-old Browne set the tournament record with a second-round 64 to take the lead at 12 under.
Rain forced Friday’s first round to be suspended and then completed Saturday morning. There was more rain, but no delays, on Saturday, followed by heavy rain Saturday night and Sunday morning.
This is the first Champions Tour event to be shortened to 36 holes since the 2011 Insperity Championship in Houston.
Browne’s only other career win on the tour came in the 2011 U.S. Seniors Open.
Thailand’s Kiradech wins in playoff
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat captured the inaugural Shenzhen International in Shenzhen, China, after rallying in regulation with an eagle on the 17th hole and beating Chinese teenager Li Haotong in a playoff.
Both finished regulation at 12-under 276.
Tommy Fleetwood was third at 11-under 277.
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