Jim Furyk ended a 100-start win drought with victory in the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head yesterday.
He bagged his first title since 2010 with birdies on two playoff holes to beat Kevin Kisner, punching the air with delight when the final putt dropped.
It was Furyk’s second win in the event, the other coming in 2010 in what turned out to be the best year of his career. He won two other events and captured the $10 million FedEx Cup.
Furyk won the 2003 US Open and entered this weekend ranked 10th in the world, but he has struggled to close out events. He was 0 for 9 when leading tournaments after three rounds since his 2010 Tour Championship victory. Furyk is 44 and always believed he’d win again.
“But I was starting to feel like this game is beating me up, and the losing hurts a lot more than winning feels good,” he said. “I think I just forget how good” it feels to win.
Furyk, who earned $1.062 million for the victory, has won 17 times in 532 starts on the Tour.
Meanwhile, it was the best finish on Tour for the 31-year-old Kisner, who birdied the final hole of regulation to match Furyk at 18-under-par 266 at Harbour Town Golf Links. Furyk closed with a 63, compared with a 64 for Kisner.
Kisner missed a birdie attempt on the second playoff hole and Furyk made a 12-footer for the victory.