Jim Furyk overcame his nerves to win the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook in Florida by a single shot over Korea’s K.J. Choi.

The American had not won on the PGA Tour since the 2007 Canadian Open and the pressure on Furyk to end that winless streak was apparent towards the conclusion of the tournament.

Taking a two shot lead into the final hole, Furyk drove into the trees then almost hit on-course commentator Roger Maltbie with his second. He had to make a good two-putt for a bogey to win by one.

“I have a habit of making it tough on myself,” Furyk said. “Just nerves got me, to be honest with you.”

K.J. Choi played a solid final round of 67 and, although he was disappointed not to secure the victory, he could console himself with the fact his second place finish moved him up to 47th on the Official World Golf Ranking, giving him a good chance of receiving an invite to The Masters.

“I’ve exceeded my expectations,” he said. “All I can say is I will try my best next week to maintain or better that position.”

Bubba Watson made a charge at the lead on the back nine but the long-hitting left-hander came up just short and had to settle for third place.

Luke Donald was the best European finisher in tied sixth while Ireland’s Padraig Harrington and Carl Pettersson of Sweden were in a four-way tie for eighth place.

Transitions Championship
Innisbrook, Florida
Mar 18-21, purse $5,400,000, par 71

1    Jim Furyk (USA)        67    68    67    69    271    $972,000
2    K.J. Choi (Kor)        69    69    67    67    272    $583,200
3    Bubba Watson (USA)    70    65    70    68    273    $367,200

4    Nick Watney (USA)    73    70    65    67    275    $259,200
5    Retief Goosen (RSA)    67    68    70    71    276    $216,000
T6    Stephen Ames (Can)    69    71    70    67    277    $187,650
T6    Luke Donald (Eng)    71    68    67    71    277    $187,650
T8    Jonathan Byrd (USA)    67    70    70    71    278    $145,800
T8    Padraig Harrington (Ire) 69    65    72    72    278    $145,800

T8    Nick O’Hern (Aus)    72    68    67    71    278    $145,800
T8    Carl Pettersson (Swe)    67    68    70    73    278    $145,800
T8    Steve Stricker (USA)    70    66    71    71    278    $145,800

Note: Player scores in bold signifies Titleist ball usage only