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Last Updated: Monday, 16 June, 2003, 03:27 GMT 04:27 UK
US Open: Final day

Iain Carter
BBC golf correspondent at Olympia Fields

It was a huge performance that took a dominant Jim Furyk to the US Open title - the statistics graphically illustrate that.

Jim Furyk
Furyk stayed solid while his rivals faltered

What strikes me most is the consistency in his game which is made all the more remarkable because of his much talked-about unorthodox swing.

While it seems that most of the golfing world is seeking the perfect swing to provide consistency, he has managed to do that in his own unique way.

His first three rounds earned him a commanding position and when the course was set up at its most difficult he was able to play conservative, defensive golf when it became clear that no one would be able to garner sufficient birdies.

Second-placed Stephen Leaney will reflect on the number of bogeys on his card - had they been pars, he would have won.


Furyk's clear lead made for a rather anti-climactic final round - but I almost sensed what was going to happen before the round began.

The course was set up for attacking golf but the players who might have challenged Furyk were either too far back or too inexperienced in the case of Leaney.

Vijay Singh was probably the only one with the game to mount a challenge but he seemed to be suffering a hangover from bogeying the last three holes on Saturday and he finished with a dismal round of 78.


The most encouraging thing from a British point of view was Justin Rose's performance.

Justin Rose
Rose made a highly impressive US Open debut
To finish in a tie for fifth on his US Open debut exceeded all expectations, especially when you consider that after his first nine holes last Thursday he was three over.

Mental fortitude, as is always the requisite at the US Open, proved his greatest strength and it should provide him with a resource upon which he can draw in the future.

Padraig Harrington will be disappointed to have finished tied for 10th, because he is now at a stage where he wants to be challenging for the trophy - not picking up place money.


For Tiger Woods, it was another disappointing round and his game was completely out of synch.

By the standards he has set for himself, he is in a slump, but by anyone else's standards he's still playing extremely good golf.

I think he will now set his stall out for The Open at Sandwich but he does go there without the air of invincibility he carried 12 months ago - which can only be encouraging to his rivals.

However, it is worth remembering that he will still be short-odds favourite to lift the Claret Jug.





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