Chevron World Challenge: Round 4 notebook

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December 06, 2009
Doug Milne, PGA TOUR Staff

Weather: Cool and overcast in the morning with temperatures in the lower 50s.Afternoon highs reached into the upper 50s under partly cloudy skies. Winds S/SW 10-12 mph in the afternoon.

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Jim Furyk, playing in his seventh Chevron World Challenge, stuck a 146-yard 9-iron at the 72nd hole to six feet en route to a second consecutive 5-under 67 to get to 13-under, good enough for a single-stroke win over Graeme McDowell.

• The win was Jim Furyk's first since the 2007 Canadian Open presented by Franklin Templeton Investments, a span of 54 worldwide events.

• With the Chevron World Challenge offering Official World Golf Rankings points for the first time in 2009, the win earned Jim Furyk 48 points. He began the week ranked 11th in the world.

• Of the previous six times Jim Furyk has competed at Sherwood, he has finished third, fifth, sixth twice, ninth and 15th.

Jim Furyk, notoriously one of the game's most accurate ball-strikers, has struggled of late. In 2006, he was ranked fourth in greens in regulation. The following year of 2007, he ranked sixth. In 2008 and 2009, however, he plummeted to 48th and 98th, respectively. Furyk hit 13 of 18 greens in Round 4, needing 29 putts, the fewest of the week for him.

• The back nine this week seemed to favor Jim Furyk's game, having played it in 11 under. He also maneuvered his way through the par-5s in grand fashion as well, playing them in 9 under.

• Making the most of a last-minute invite, replacing Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell made a short birdie at the 72nd hole to post a 2-under 70 and claim second-place honors at 12 under.

• This is the first year the Chevron World Challenge has awarded Official World Golf Rankings points. Headed into this week, Graeme McDowell was ranked 55th in the Official World Golf Rankings. With his second-place finish, McDowell jumped to number 38 in the Official World Golf Rankings. The top 50 highest-ranked players in the world receive an invitation to the 2010 Masters Tournament.

Graeme McDowell led the field with the fewest putts in Sunday's final round, needing just 25 strokes. He had two fewer putts than Paul Casey.

Graeme McDowell was a perfect 11-11 in cuts made on the PGA TOUR in 2009, with a best finish being a T10 at the PGA Championship. On the European Tour, he also claimed T10 honors at the European PGA Championship en route to making 15 of 19 cuts on that Tour. He finished 33rd on the European Order of Merit, won by Lee Westwood.

Graeme McDowell, who went 2-1-1 in his first Ryder Cup appearance for the Europeans in 2008, posted a PGA TOUR best finish of T2 at the 2005 Bay Hill Invitational.

• 2009 European Order of Merit winner Lee Westwood fired a final-round, 2-under 70 to finish at 11-under, two strokes shy of Jim Furyk's 13-under winning score total. Westwood finished T3 with 2009 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, Padraig Harrington.

Padraig Harrington, who began the final round one stroke off Y.E. Yang and Graeme McDowell's lead, holed a 40-yard bunker shot for an eagle-three at the par-5 second hole to get to 10-under for the tournament. Ahead at the par-5 16th, Harrington repeated the feat by chipping in from off the green for a second eagle on the day to get back to 10-under par. He would finish with a 2-under 70, good enough for a T3 with Lee Westwood.

Padraig Harrington, who was competing in his eighth Chevron World Challenge this week, won the event in 2002. Since then, he's racked up an additional three top-5s and two top-10s at Sherwood. In 2009, he added another top-5 finish with his T3.

Padraig Harrington is the only former Chevron World Challenge winner in this year's field.

• At the par-four 10th, Steve Stricker holed his second shot from the fairway with a pitching wedge from 96 yards for an eagle two to get to 2 under for the tournament. In the very next group, Stewart Cink holed out a wedge from 103 yards at the 10th, also for an eagle two, moving him to 8 under for the tournament.

• The shot of the day came from Colombia's Camilo Villegas who holed a 3-wood from 262 yards for a double eagle at the 568-yard, par-5 13th. There were four just double-eagles posted on the PGA TOUR in 2009.

• The round of the week came from Paul Casey in Round 4. Casey, who began the tournament 2-over, carded six birdies and an eagle en route to an 8-under 64. His 64 tied the tournament record for a final-round low, held by four others.

• The best nine-hole stretch of the week belonged to Steve Stricker, who carded two eagles (par-4 10th, par-5 16th) and three birdies (par-5 11th, par-4 14th, par-4 18th) on the back-nine Sunday to post a 7-under 29. Stricker finished at 7-under for the tournament, six strokes off Jim Furyk's winning score of 13-under 275.

Player Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Finish
Lucas Glover 74 67 70 75 13
Martin Kaymer 73 72 72 71 T14
Graeme McDowell 71 69 66 70 2
Sean OHair 71 67 71 70 T5
Ian Poulter 68 69 71 71 T5
Y.E. Yang 70 65 71 74 9

• A total of six players are competing in their first Chevron World Golf Challenge. Here's a look at how they've fared this week:

• The toughest hole in Round 4 was the 198-yard, par-3 third, with a stroke average of 3.555. From the field of 18, the third hole surrendered just two birdies all day, but claimed 10 bogeys or worse.

• Sherwood Country Club's easiest hole in Round 4 was once again the 568-yard, par-5 13th. The stroke average there was 4.333.

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