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Heritage Notebook: Furyk's chance falls apart in 'severe' round

Jim Furyk looks for his ball in the muck near the 18th green Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Jim Furyk looks for his ball in the muck near the 18th green Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links. Jay Karr -- The Island Packet

There would be no back-to-back Heritage titles for Jim Furyk.

The defending champion, vying to become the fourth Heritage champion to win consecutive titles, imploded with two double bogeys his final four holes. After seven consecutive rounds in the 60s at the Heritage, Furyk closed the tournament with a 5-over 76 and finished tied for 21st.

After his round, Furyk said he felt fine to start and questioned the course's condition.

"I just kind of got on a bad roll and it snowballed on me today," Furyk said. "But the course is very, very, very severe and almost sketchy severe. As severe as I've seen it. My eyebrow's up a little bit on it."

Furyk, who won the 2010 Heritage in a playoff with Brian Davis, started in the final group a shot off the pace of Luke Donald. But after a lengthy ruling on No. 15 during his double bogey, Furyk became concerned he was hindering his playing partner's chances of winning.

"I didn't want to hold Luke up," he said. "So he had to endure a lot with me the last four holes to try and win a golf tournament."


Ricky Barnes must like it here.

He shot a closing 69 on Sunday to finish tied for fourth, his second top-five finish in as many Heritage appearances. Barnes finished tied for fifth last year.

He flirted with the lead on Sunday before bogeys at Nos. 12 and 15 ruined his chances. The top-10 finish was Barnes' second in eight starts this season. He finished fourth at the Honda Classic.

Barnes, who has struggled with back problems, played his third consecutive week and will take off this week.

"I'll go from here and get some good treatment," Barnes said Saturday. "Ice has been a good friend for me."


Matt Kuchar's chip-in for birdie Sunday on No. 18 could prove more valuable than the additional earnings for moving up on the Heritage leaderboard.

Harbour Town's signature hole was the Kodak Challenge hole, part of a season-long competition for a $1 million prize. Kuchar's birdie moved him into a tie for second place in the competition, at 7 under. He trails leader Bill Lunde by a shot.

The next Kodak Challenge hole is No. 17 at TPC Louisiana, a 215-yard par-3 that will test competitors in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.