Furyk ends drought with birdie putt

THOUSAND OAKS, California - Jim Furyk rolled in a birdie putt at the final hole to win the Chevron World Challenge by one shot from Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell.

THOUSAND OAKS, California - Jim Furyk rolled in a birdie putt at the final hole to win the Chevron World Challenge by one shot from Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell.

Furyk, dressed in the red shirt and black pants so often sported by tournament host Tiger Woods on Sundays, didn't get a handshake from the world number one, who didn't attend this year, citing injuries received in a car crash on November 27.

Furyk, however, was happy to collect his first victory since 2007, firing a final round 67 at Sherwood Country Club for a 13-under total of 275. McDowell, who was a last-minute replacement for Woods in the 18-man field, carded a 70 for 276.

His runner-up finish moved him from 55th in the world rankings to 38th - with the top 50 in the final year-end rankings earning a spot in next year's Masters.

England's Lee Westwood faced a chip for birdie at the last that would have forced a playoff. He missed it, and his four-footer for birdie - to close with a 70 for 277 - tied with Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who also shot 70. Furyk claimed his first victory since the 2007 Canadian Open and a first prize of $1,35million (R9,95million) in a tournament that benefits Woods's charitable foundation. - Sapa-AFP

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