Jim Furyk rolled in a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links on Sunday, his second win in as many starts on the PGA Champions Tour.
Furyk became the third player to win his first two starts on the tour, joining Arnold Palmer (1980) and Bruce Fleisher (1999).
Furyk, 50, was tied with Jerry Kelly at 12-under 202 after 54 holes. On the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, he spun a wedge within 3 feet of the hole to set up his winning putt. Kelly, who had also laid up, missed a birdie putt from 10 feet.
“I feel very fortunate, it means a lot,” said Furyk, who won The Ally Championship early last month in Michigan. “I hadn’t won — like I said, when I won at
Ally, I hadn’t won in over five years. It’s why we play the game, it’s why you work so hard, it’s to have this feeling.”
Furyk, the first-round leader, started the final round two strokes off Ernie Els’ lead before a blistering start in which he was five 5 under through the first six holes, including an eagle on the par-5 second hole. Furyk ran off 12 consecutive pars for a 67 before his playoff birdie.
Kelly carded eight birdies on Sunday, including on No. 18 to match the lowest round of the day with a 7-under 65. Els missed a 3-foot par putt on the 18th, burning the left lip of the cup. His only bogey of the day left him a shot out of the playoff after posting a 2-under 70.
“I just missed the putt,” Els said. “Kind of misread it.”
Mike Weir (69 on Sunday) and Reteif Goosen (70) tied for fourth at 9 under.
Dicky Pride, who was playing in the final group after beginning the day one stroke back of Els, tumbled to a tie for 25th after a 5-over 77 that included two double bogeys.