Furyk wins Ally Challenge in Champions Tour debut



Jim Furyk with the Ally Challenge championship trophy Photo courtesy of Getty Images and the PGA Tour

Jim Furyk with the Ally Challenge championship trophy Photo courtesy of Getty Images and the PGA Tour

GRAND BLANC TWP. — Jim Furyk made the most of his PGA Champions Tour debut by winning the 3rd Annual Ally Challenge presented by McLaren at Warwick Hills.

Furyk, who won the 2003 Buick Open at Warwick Hills, finished 14 under par and carded a bogey-free final round of 68 on Sunday to win by two strokes over Retief Goosen and Brett Quigley. With the victory, Furyk became the 19th player to win his Champions Tour debut.

Furyk, a 17-time PGA Tour winner and 2003 U.S. Open champion, also broke a winless streak of five years, three months and 14 days and got his first victory since the RBC Heritage

Entering the final round one shot behind 36-hole leader Brett Quigley, Furyk birdied the 15th hole to take a one-shot lead and parred the last three holes to secure the win.

Quigley, who bogeyed Nos. 17 and 18, ended the final round tied with Retief Goosen for second place at 12 under par.

Rounding out the top five were Chris DiMarco, Rod Pampling and Wes Short Jr., who each finished T-4 at 11 under par. 2019 Ally Challenge champion Jerry Kelly came in at 10 under par and T-7 with five-time Charles Schwab Cup winner Bernhard Langer and 1996 British Open champion Tom Lehman.

 

 

2003 Masters champion Mike Weir also made his PGA Champions Tour debut at the Ally Challenge, finishing T-27 at six under par.

Four-time PGA Major champion and Champions Tour rookie Ernie Els finished T-27 at six under par. Vijay Singh, World Golf Hall of Famer and three-time Buick Open champion, was T-41 at three under par.

Jim Furyk on the tee at the 11th hole, Round 1. Photos by Ben Gagnon

Jim Furyk on the tee at the 11th hole, Round 1. Photos by Ben Gagnon