2006: Furyk shines in Sun City for the second time

Sun City, South Africa

Jim Furyk has found a place to pick up some sure-fire extra spending money for the holidays.

Last year, Jim Furyk came to the Nedbank Challenge with one PGA Tour victory and finished fourth in earnings. He won Nedbank in a four-way playoff.

This year, Furyk came to South Africa off two Tour triumphs and more than $7.2 million in earnings, second only behind Tiger Woods.

Furyk cashed a double at Nedbank despite a final-round 2-over 74 Dec. 3. He won $1.2 million after finishing two shots ahead of Henrik Stenson, who was the only player in the 12-man field to break 70 on the final day.

Padraig Harrington (75) was third, followed by Ernie Els (72). Furyk bogeyed the 11th and 12th holes, but regrouped and parred the next five before finishing with a bogey on the 18th.

“I had a good cushion, and with the course playing as tough as it was, it was always going to be difficult for someone to shoot 66 and catch me,’’ said Furyk, who started the day with a three-stroke lead.

Harrington, who had been second heading into Sunday’s final round, struggled with his putter.

“The flags were really tucked away, which meant Padraig couldn’t fire straight at them,’’ Furyk said. “That kind of setup is made for my game.’’

Harrington bogeyed No. 5, while Furyk was still looking strong.

“I really worked hard on the front nine, and once I calmed myself down on the back nine, I was pretty comfortable,’’ Furyk said.

Besides Stenson, the only other player to break par on the final day was Sergio Garcia, who shot 71 and tied for seventh.

– Staff and wire reports

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