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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 June, 2003, 14:45 GMT 15:45 UK
Clockwatch: US Open
Jim Furyk has won the US Open by three shots.

The American claimed his first Major title after a very steady final round of 72, which was enough to hold off the challenge of Australian Stephen Leaney.

Only four players managed to finish under par.

Defending champion Tiger Woods failed to generate any momentum as he shot a 72 to finish on three-over-par on a day when low scores proved difficult to come by.

Highest placed European players were Britain's Justin Rose and Sweden's Fredrik Jacobsen, who both managed 72-hole totals of level par which earned them a tie for fifth.

Leaderboard (US unless stated):

-8 J Furyk
-5 S Leaney (Aus)
-1 K Perry, M Weir (Can)


0106: Furyk three-putts his way to the title, which is enough to give him his first Major but denies him the record lowest score at the US Open. The American drops his putter as he sinks the final putt and salutes the crowd, before embracing his wife and family.

0103: Stephen Leaney completes a worthy challenge to Jim Furyk with a par at the final hole and a round of 72.

0100: Jim Furyk strides up the final fairway to huge applause, the emotion of the occasion etched on his face.

0058: Jim Furyk finds the green with his approach at the final hole - the countdown to his US Open victory is just beginning.

0050: Both Stephen Leaney and Jim Furyk miss par putts and have to settle for bogey.

0046: Vijay Singh finishes his round with a bogey - it has been a miserable end for the Fijian, who shoots a 78 to finish at three-over-par. His playing partner Nick Price also bogeys the last to finish at level par.

0043: Jim Furyk's tee-shot at the par-three 17th runs off the green. Stephen Leaney puts his into the bunker.

0038: Stephen Leaney makes a comfortable par at the 16th and Jim Furyk also makes a par as his lead remains four shots.

0035: Nick Price falls back to one-under after laying up at a par-three and failing to get down in two.

0025: Jim Furyk lags his birdie putt up to the hole on the 15th. He will have a short putt for par. Stephen Leaney makes his par with little fuss, as does Furyk.

0024: Stephen Leaney's birdie putt at the 15th is maybe an inch away from the target, but he now has a testing five-footer for par.

0020: Leader Jim Furyk and Stephen Leaney both find the green on the par-three 15th.

0018: Mike Weir finishes with a bogey and tournament score of one-under-par.

0016: Stephen Leaney makes his par at the 14th, but Jim Furyk holes a short birdie putt to go four ahead.

0013: Has Jim Furyk struck the decisive blow? His approach at the 14th hole stops just five-feet short of the pin.

0010: Birdies for both Vijay Singh and Nick Price at the 15th hole - for Price, it gets the Zimbabwean to two-under par, but Singh is further back at two-over par.

0003: Ernie Els finishes his tournament at level par, which is likely to give him a top-10 finish.

0001: Jim Furyk makes a par as his lead is cut to three.

0000: Stephen Leaney sinks a 30-foot birdie at the 13th to get back to six-under par and put some pressure on leader Jim Furyk.

2355: Sweden's Fredrik Jacobsen finishes the US Open on level par - a fantastic result for the young player. Mike Weir bogeys the 17th to fall back to two-under.

2353: What a dreadful final round for Vijay Singh, who has carded six consecutive bogeys from the eighth hole onwards to fall to three-over par, having started the day at five-under.

2352: David Toms, 2001 PGA champion, finishes his round at level par for the tournament, which is likely to get him a top-10 finish.

2350: Nick Price makes a birdie at the 13th to join Kenny Perry at one-under-par.

2347: Stephen Leaney pars the 12th after a tricky two-putt.

2346: Jim Furyk bogeys the 12th after coming up short with his second shot and failing to scramble for a par.

2330: Leader Jim Furyk pars the 11th to stay at 10-under, as Stephen Leaney bogeys the same hole to give Furyk a five-shot lead.

2322: Masters champion Mike Weir birdies the 14th.

2313: Stephen Leaney pars the 10th, while it is a bogey for Jim Furyk.

2310: The first chink in the Jim Furyk armour comes at the 10th - on this par four, he is 25 feet from the pin in three.

2306: Fredrik Jacobsen of Sweden birdies the 16th to join the pack at one-under-par.

2300: Leader Jim Furyk completes his front nine without dropping a shot.

2258: Mike Weir, Masters champion, bogeys the 12th to fall to one-under par.

2255: Justin Rose finishes at level-par for the tournament and a possible top-10 finish.

2245: Jim Furyk extends his lead to five as Stephen Leaney bogeys the eighth hole.

2230: Stephen Leaney bogeys the seventh hole to give Jim Furyk a four-shot lead. With the next best player on three-under, it seems the tournament will be decided by the contest between Furyk and Leaney, who are playing in the final group.

2223: Tiger Woods completes his US Open with a final round of 72 and a wide smile. The world number one's physical demeanour is not that of a player suffering a slump. Britain's Justin Rose moves to one-under-par after a birdie at the 16th. If he avoids disaster on his final two holes, he should finish in the top 15.

2220: Both Jim Furyk and Stephen Leaney birdie the sixth hole.

2218: Tiger Woods' tee shot on the 18th is a few feet short of 400 yards.

2213: Both Jim Furyk and Stephen Leaney are on the green in two at the par-five sixth.

2207: Without a birdie since the sixth, Tiger Woods slips another putt past the hole at the 17th. The soon-to-be ex-champion is at three-over-par.

2202: Are the Gods smiling on Jim Furyk? The leader holes a putt from 10 feet for par, despite clearly mishitting it.

2156: Vijay Singh bogeys the fifth and is now seven shots off the lead. Billy Mayfair suffers a bogey and joins Singh at three-under. Meanwhile, Tom Watson finishes his US Open to incredible applause, with a four-over-par total. There is special cheer for his caddie Bruce Edwards, who is suffering from a life-threatening illness.

2152: Jim Furyk's lead is cut to three shots after Stephen Leaney birdies the fourth hole.

2140: Jim Furyk leads by four after he pars the third hole and Stephen Leaney bogeys the same hole.

2132: Padraig Harrington finishes his US Open at one-over-par, with a final round of 68.

2130: A double-bogey for Vijay Singh at the third - his partner Nick Price makes it three bogeys at the start of his round.

2124: It seems there are deciding moments even at this early stage - Jim Furyk holes a 15-foot putt for par, while Vijay Singh seems headed for a bogey at the third. Stephen Leaney recovers his dropped shot at the first with a birdie at the second.

2117: Veteran Nick Price drops another shot to fall to three-under-par.

2114: Second-placed Stephen Leaney bogeys the first while Jim Furyk just makes par.Vijay Singh birdies the second to join Leaney at six-under par.

2102: Leader Jim Furyk begins his final round with a superb drive into the middle of the fairway. He will be encouraged by the news that one of the chasing pack, Nick Price, has bogeyed the opening hole and Vijay Singh can only manage a par at the first.

2057: Tiger Woods' miserable day continues, as he drops a shot at the 11th to fall to three-over-par.

2050: To large applause, Vijay Singh and Nick Price tee off at the first.

2043: An early birdie for Billy Mayfair allows him to join the pack of players at four-under-par. Eduardo Romero leaves that group after a bogey six at the opening hole.

2041: Another bogey for Tiger Woods at the 10th, after his he finds himself off the green after three.

2033:Phil Mickelson finishes his US Open at nine-over - his run of 44 Majors without a win continues.

2025: A small cameo of Tiger Woods' week - a four-putt gives him a double-bogey six and sees the world number one go to the turn at one-over for the tournament.

2015: Ernie Els makes a disastrous start to his final round. A double-bogey seven at the 1st, pushing him back to level par, ends any hope the South African may have had of a third US Open title.

2010: Trip Kuehne sinks a par putt on the 18th to clinch the prize for the top-placed amateur. The young American finished with a 72-hole total of 290, 10 over par.

1957: American Cliff Kresge makes a move up the leaderboard with an eagle at the sixth to go to three-under par.

1944: Tiger Woods birdies the sixth to move up to one-under - the 27-year-old can only wonder what his final round may have meant if he had produced a good performance on Saturday.

1940: It started well for Phil Mickelson but it has gone horribly wrong since - a seven, a six and three other bogeys have seen him drop to nine-over-par.

1935: Tiger Woods' playing partner Dan Forsman moves to one-under-par after a birdie at the fifth.

1922: Another birdie for Bernhard Langer, who gets to level par after an excellent opening seven holes.

1912: Tiger Woods pars the third - the world number one has hit every fairway and green in regulation but cannot seem to conquer the greens.

1901: Kenny Perry birdies the first three holes to get to one-under-par.

1900: A quartet of Europeans, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington and Bernhard Langer have moved to one-over-par after excellent starts.

1855: Tiger Woods is an inch away from a birdie at the second - his putting has failed him all week and he stays at level par.

1845: It is a birdie on the opening hole for Tiger Woods, who is back to level-par.

1835: Two birdies in three holes for Padraig Harrington, who moves to one-over-par.

1825: Sergio Garcia birdies the fifth to move to two-over-par. The Spaniard has generally failed to impress at this tournament.

1815: The galleries roar as 53-year-old Tom Watson makes a birdie at the first to move to one-over-par.

1800: While a lot of players are finding conditions easy, spare a thought for veteran American Fred Couples. He takes eight at the first for a triple-bogey and drops two more shots to find himself on 10-over-par for the tournament.

1750: An encouraging start for young Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who birdies the second hole to move to three-over-par.

1735: Promising American Charles Howell III makes back-to-back birdies to five-over-par.

1715 Brian Davis, who started his first round with a run of birdies and eagles, has managed three birdies and a bogey during his first four holes to move to five-over-par.

1705: He may not win, but Phil Mickelson is always entertainment - after his eagle at the first, he birdies the second to get to two-over-par.

1650: 2001 champion Retief Goosen birdies the first to move to five-over-par. At the same hole, Phil Mickelson makes an eagle three to move to three-over-par.

1645: An excellent start for Britain's Brian Davis, who birdies the first hole to get to six-over-par.

1630: Ricky Barnes birdies the fourth hole to move to nine-over-par.

1605: Amateur Ricky Barnes birdies the first hole to move to 10 over for the tournament.

1530: The first pairing of Americans JP Hayes and Ryan Dillon tee off to get the final round started.



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