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Jim Furyk edges Luke Donald to win Tour Championship

Final leaderboard:
J Furyk (US) -7 L Donald (Eng) -6 R Goosen (SA) -5 P Casey (Eng), N Watney (US) Selected others: -2 E Els (SA) +1 J Rose (Eng) +3 P Mickelson (US) +15 M Laird (Sco)

Jim Furyk
Furyk survived a nervous end to his final round

American Jim Furyk defied the wet conditions to beat Ryder Cup rival Luke Donald to the £7m jackpot after winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup.

Furyk went into the final day with a one-stroke lead over Donald and Retief Goosen, and a closing round of 70 took him to a winning mark of eight under.

England's Donald carded a 70 to finish one stroke back, with Goosen six under.

Tee times were brought forward because of the Atlanta weather forecast but play was still stopped for two hours.

Furyk almost squandered a three-shot lead going into the final three holes after carding successive bogeys at the 16th and 17th, with Donald capitalising on his lapse after holing a dramatic 90-foot chip for a birdie on the 17th.

But Furyk held his nerve on the par-three 18th, sinking a two-and-half foot putt before launching his ball into the stands at East Lake.

"This is a special moment and a special year," said a relieved Furyk, who secured his third tournament victory of the season, the first time he has done so in his career.

I didn't think I had anything to prove to Monty. I felt like I was deserving of a pick

Luke Donald

"After what happened the first week I just wanted to have a chance to play here."

Donald briefly shared the lead early in the final round although bogeys on the fourth and eighth did not improve his outlook, but he came back strongly with three birdies and just one bogey on the back nine.

"Obviously there's a little bit of disappointment," said the 32-year-old, who earned £1.2m for finishing third in the series.

"I had a good chance and I'm proud of myself for hanging in, but unfortunately I came up one short.

"I will try and crack that winner's circle soon, but hopefully I can take some of this good golf to the Ryder Cup.

"I'm looking forward to it. There's nothing quite like the atmosphere of it and it's been four years for me."

Englishman Paul Casey, excluded from Europe's Ryder Cup squad by captain Colin Montgomerie, finished on five under after a final-round 69.

Paul Casey in action
Casey finished sixth in the FedEx Cup standings

The world number seven would have secured the overall title with a second-placed finish, but had to settle for sixth overall in the standings.

"I'm a bit baffled. I managed to finish tied for fourth and I'm still dropping a spot in the FedEx Cup (from fifth to sixth), so that's confusing me slightly," said the world number six, who is about to embark on a mountain bike trip to the Canadian Rockies.

"But the guys who are ahead of me have played tremendous golf and there's not a lot for me to be unhappy about at this point."

Both Furyk and Donald were heading straight from Atlanta to the UK ahead of next week's Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales.

One of three wildcard picks by Montgomerie, Donald was the only member of the European Ryder Cup team competing in a field of 30 at East Lake.

"I didn't think I had anything to prove to Monty," said the world number nine. "I felt like I was deserving of a pick.

"I have a great Ryder Cup record and I'm top 10 in the world so I didn't really think I had anything to prove."

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see also
Donald in hunt despite late slip
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Donald & Furyk share Atlanta lead
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Donald and Casey share Tour lead
23 Sep 10 |  Golf
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