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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Chevron World Challenge Tournament: Jim Furyk has not finished yet

(This entry was originally published in this blog December 2008 and it is based on the information of that time.)

On the first day of the Chevron World Challenge at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, American golfer, Jim Furyk, acquired the top position by scoring an impressive 4 under par. In the first round, he was one of the sixteen players to score below 70. However, he failed to score birdies on any par-5 holes. Jim was also the only player to score a birdie on the 18th hole which is the toughest one in the course. Los Angeles Times reports:

“My expectations weren’t that high . . . as little as I’ve been playing,” said Furyk, who has 13 career wins, including the 2003 U.S. Open, and earned $3.4 million in 2008. “It’s a good score and I’m happy with it, but I need to build on it.”

The year 2008 has not been very good for Jim Furyk. He did not win any major tournament. He was actually on a four month vacation. Prior to this match, he played in PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda on October 15, 2008. The Chevron World Challenge is his last match of 2008. In 2009, he will start his season at the AT&T Pebbel Beach Pro-Am.

Both K.J. Choic and Boo Weekley tied for the second position with 2 under par. Weekley, a Florida golfer who played in 2008 Ryder Cup, said that he had never played golf in weather like that but he had hunted in it. Another fan favorite is 49 year old golfer, Fred Couples, who scored one over par. He scored a birdie on the first hole. This is Couples’ eighth challenge match. Couples did not win any tournament since 2003. He is going to play on the Champions Tour for senior players.

The sixteen player match, which is on its 10th year, has started from December 17, 2008. It is hosted by golf’s living legend, Tiger Woods. He announced that Steve Williams will continue to work as his caddie despite his controversial comments on Phil Mickelson.

Related articles:

Seattle Times

Los Angeles Times

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