Furyk captures Wachovia in playoff
Monday, May 8, 2006
Given another chance in a playoff at the Wachovia Championship, Jim Furyk finished the job Sunday.
A hard-luck loser in a four-hole playoff last year, Furyk made an 8-foot par putt to force extra holes against Trevor Immelman of South Africa, then made a 6-footer for par on No. 18 in the playoff to win and erase bad memories at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.
But he needed some help from the 26-year-old South African.
Immelman had to two-putt from 50 feet on the 18th hole in regulation to capture his first PGA Tour victory, but ran the putt 10 feet by and missed the par putt. Then in the playoff, he fanned his tee shot into a miserable lie in the right rough, had to lay up 80 yards short of the green and saw his wedge spin off the front. The best he could do was get up-and-down for bogey.
Furyk, who had a one-shot lead going into a rainy final round, closed with a 1-under 71 and earned $1.134 million for his 11th career victory.
Immelman finished with a 70 to match Furyk at 12-under 276.
Cristie Kerr overcame a four-stroke deficit to win her seventh LPGA Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Lorena Ochoa, Pat Hurst and Angela Stanford in the Franklin American Mortgage Championship in Franklin, Tenn.
Kerr had five birdies in her bogey-free round to finish with a tournament-record 19-under 269 total on the Vanderbilt Legends Club's Ironhorse Course. Kerr broke the mark of 17 under set by Annika Sorenstam in 2002, and matched the lowest score on tour this year, Ochoa's 19 under in the 54-hole Takefuji Classic.
Ochoa, the tour money leader who won here in 2004, had three straight birdies to pull within two of Kerr. Ochoa tried to eagle the par-5, 469-yard 18th, but hit a 5-iron from 180 yards into the water and finished with a 66.
Brad Bryant won the Regions Charity Classic in Hoover, Ala., for his second Champions Tour victory of the year, closing with an eagle, birdie and a par for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke victory over Mark McNulty.
Bryant hovered within striking distance with a bogey-free tournament before finally overtaking McNulty on No. 17. Bryant finished with a 17-under 199 total and earned $240,000 for his second victory in his last four starts.
Michelle Wie shot a 2-over 74 to finish 12 strokes behind winner Prom Meesawat of Thailand in the rain-shortened SK Telecom Open in Incheon, South Korea, where she made the cut in a men's tournament for the first time in eight attempts.
The 16-year-old Wie, whose parents were born in South Korea, had two birdies and four bogeys to finish the Asian Tour event at 3-under 213.
-- From wire reports