Jim Furyk Wins Earns First PGA Tour Victory in Five Years!

 

Sniff’s Weekly Roundup

I’ve collected the top news and trending topics in the golf world so you can catch up on what you need to know! I’ve included some of the top stories as well as some of the most interesting stories and links from all around the internet! Enjoy! -Sniff

Here’s What’s Happened:

1. Jim Furyk ends a nearly five year drought with a win at RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The former FedEx Cup Champion has a total of 17 PGA Tour Victories after Sunday’s and said despite the struggle, he always knew he would win again. Adding to the excitement he said that this is one of his favorite events and that it meshes well with his type of game. Furyk finished at 18-under, holding of Kevin Kisner in a two-hole playoff.

2. Jordan Spieth is now ranked No. 1 in FedEx Cup standings. It should come as no surprise that The Masters winner and golf phenom has gone viral on social media: he’s young, attractive, and pretty damn good at golf. And now the 21-year-old is ranked No. 1 in FedEx Cup standings. Spieth finished RBC Heritage at 10-under, tying for eleventh place– but if you consider the whirlwind this past week must have been for the kid, eleventh is still a pretty awesome feat.

3. Even without Tiger winning, 14 million people watched the final round of golf at The Masters. The number isn’t record-shattering, even with Jordan Spieth’s record shattering performance, but it isn’t bad either. That number peaked at 17 million in the final half hour of the event, from 6:30-7pm. The average number increased 26% from last year, but stays on par with 2013’s event. Some of this can be due to the Tiger Woods’ Effect: the idea that when Tiger plays, any and everyone will watch. Tiger did return for his first PGA Tour event in several months, and he did play well, and it was The Masters. This Sports Illustrated article delves deep into the stats.

4. The LSU men win their first SEC golf title since 1987. Heading into the tournament ranked seventh, the LSU Tigers Men’s Golf team overcame a five-stroke deficit to claim the title. Defending champs, Alabama, struggled in the final round, finishing at 10-over par. The Tigers will now play in the NCAA Regionals beginning May 14.

Links I Love:

  • This hilarious tweet from Bubba Watson calling on ESPN’s SportsCenter to nominate his trick shot as a Top Ten Play of the week.

  • Who needs a walk-off home run when you can have a walk-off eagle in golf. Sei Young-Kim hit an eagle shot to win the tournament outright– and for about ten seconds, had no idea what had just happened.
  • And here is your LOL for the week. This unmanned golf cart gets stuck in reverse and goes crazy on a college campus in Chicago.

    What to Watch For:

  • PGA Tour: The Zurich Classic of New Orleans begins Thursday in Avondale, LA.
  • European Tour: The Volvo China Open begins Thursday in Shanghai, China.
 
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