It is not what we are used to from Jim Furyk, but an up and down 74 on the final day was good enough to take Nedbank Challenge in Sun City by two shots from Henrik Stenson. The American becomes the fifth man to win the title back to back.
Furyk lived up to his reputation for consistent golf and did not drop a shot in his first three rounds. This gave him a three shot lead over Padraig Harrington going into the final day, but blustery conditions made it difficult for the 12 competitors.
Five unexpected bogies on Sunday put more pressure than expected on Furyk but conditions meant that no one could get near him at the top. A superb 69 by Stenson was the only score in the 60s and one of only two rounds under par ? Sergio Garcia?s 71 being the other.
Birdies on the 1st, 6th and 9th holes were good enough to give the world number two a comfortable lead. Harrington struggled and a double-bogey six on the 9th hole ended any hopes of catching the American. Furyk?s third win of the year saw him take home the first prize of $1.2 million.
Colin Montgomerie?s miserable week did not improve when a final-round 76 left him in last place on 10 over.