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Last Updated: Monday, 16 June, 2003, 00:13 GMT 01:13 UK
Furyk wins US Open
Jim Furyk celebrates his US Open victory
Furyk could afford to three-putt the 18th and still win by three
Jim Furyk missed a putt for the US Open's 72-hole record but nothing, not even the intervention of a streaker, could prevent him taking the 103rd US Open and his first Major title.

The 33-year-old American, who had previously claimed 12 top-10 finishes in Majors without ever being higher than fourth, finished on eight under par, three shots clear of playing partner Stephen Leaney of Australia.

The eight-under-par total was first set by Jack Nicklaus at Baltusrol in 1980, and later matched by Lee Janzen at the same venue in 1993 and Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach in 2000.

FINAL LEADERBOARD
-8 J Furyk (US)
-5 S Leaney (Aus)
-1 M Weir (Can), K Perry (US)
Level J Rose (GB), F Jacobson (Swe), D Toms (US), E Els (SA), N Price (Zim)

Four shots behind Leaney in a tie for third were Masters champion Mike Weir and Kenny Perry, whose three-under-par 67 was Sunday's best round.

Defending champion Woods, whose title hopes all but disappeared with his third-round 75, returned a two-over-par 72 to end up well down the field in a tie for 20th.

On a day of more customary US Open scoring, Justin Rose served notice of his Major-winning credentials by firing a 69 to climb into a tie for fifth.

The 22-year-old Englishman went into the final round in a tie for 24th.

I had to back off from that situation and get back to playing golf - it was more like the British Open there
Jim Furyk on his brush with a streaker

But as the rest of the field struggled with the lightning fast greens Rose carded one of only six sub-par rounds on Sunday to end his US Open debut on level par.

Rose first burst onto the scene when he finished in a tie for fourth at the 1998 Open at Birkdale. Alongside him that day was Furyk and nobody will begrudge the American a Major title that is long overdue.

The three-putt on the 18th - to follow his bogey on 17 - may have cost him sole possession of the US Open scoring record but his precise play over the four days in Chicago made him a deserving winner of what is dubbed golf's toughest test.

Furyk, who is known for his dogged approach and an unorthodox swing, showed remarkable control throughout the tournament. None more so than when a topless blonde attempted to hand him a pair of roses on the 14th green.

A consistent performer on the PGA Tour, Furyk, who carded a 72 on Sunday, set 36-hole and 54-hole US Open records en route to victory.

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While few will be surprised with Furyk's new status as a Major winner, Woods' lacklustre display was a major shock.

The defending champion started the day, like Rose, on one over par.

Two birdies in the first six holes on Sunday suggested the world number one might launch a trademark charge but a four-putt on the ninth was symptomatic of his uncharacteristically sloppy play this week.

"I was very close. I hit the ball pretty good the last three days and got absolutely nothing out of it. That's very frustrating," said Woods.

"If I play like I know I can things will take care of themselves. All I needed was a little bit of momentum."





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