OMAHA, Neb. – Jim Furyk recovered from a rough start on Sunday in the US Senior Open final round to beat Retief Goosen and Mike Weir by three strokes.
Making his debut in the event, Furyk finished with a 1 in 71 to become the eighth player to win both the US Open and the US Senior Open, joining Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Billy Casper and Gary Player.
Furyk finished 7 under 273 at Omaha Country Club.
He won the Regular Open in 2003, is a 17-time PGA Tour winner and won his first two PGA Tour Champions events at the age of 50 last year. It was the third senior major he played. He finished tied for 16th in the Senior PGA and sixth in the Senior Players Championship.
Furyk played the first three holes in 3, finding the ruthless rough three times on the second hole and a tricky lie in the bunker on the green on the third. Suddenly his four-stroke lead was reduced to one.
Scores plein champ de l’US Senior Open
Furyk recovered with a birdie at the sixth par 5 and, after coming out in 2 of 37, regained the four stroke lead as he made the turn.
It wasn’t until he blocked his 109-yard 3-foot approach to birdie in the 16th par-5 that he fought off his closest pursuers, major champions Goosen and Weir. That put him at three with two holes to play.
Furyk played his last 15 holes in 2 under and finished 7 under 273 to win the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy and $ 720,000.
Weir tied for the lowest round of the day with a 67, and Goosen shot 69.
Furyk appeared to be in total control after calling his 64 Friday with a 66 Saturday.
But he missed the second par-5 hole after his attempted right rough layup crossed the fairway and into the left rough, and his next stroke found the cabbage of the green.
Then he placed his tee shot just below the lip of the left bunker on the par 3 third and needed two hits to get out. He put two putts for a double bogey that knocked him down to 5 cents for the tournament.
Goosen birdied on the first hole and tapped another on the sixth to get 4 under. It looked like he was going to stall with bogeys on two of his next four holes, but he played his last seven in 2 under to hang around.
Weir started the day seven strokes ahead and did three pushes to get closer to the three. He landed a 26-foot eagle putt in the sixth par 5, birdie-birdied at No.12 and 13, and he birdieed in the 16th just before Furyk bogeyed in the 15th.
Rod Pampling (67) birdieed two of the last four holes to finish 3 under,
Bernhard Langer, who won a record 11 senior majors, landed 32 and 25-foot putts for birdies on No.11 and 12 and tapped another on No.13 to get closer to four of advance. The 63-year-old couldn’t come close to his attempt to claim his first major senior victory since 2017. He was tied for 68 for fifth at 1 under.
Stephen Ames, associated with Furyk, was unable to take advantage of his partner’s early difficulties. Ames plugged his tee shot to the left bunker face of the green on the third, took an unplayable lie and made a double bogey. He missed the first two holes of the last nine to fall out of the competition. His 75 left him 1 more.
Steve Flesch, who tied Furyk for the low round of the tournament with his 64 on Saturday, couldn’t maintain his momentum and shot 74 to finish 4 more.
Furyk was the seventh player to have a four or more stroke lead heading into the final round of the US Senior Open, and six earned the victory.