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Golf: Furyk Captures US Open - 2003-06-16

Golfer Jim Furyk of the United States has won the U.S. Open championship -- the first major title of his career -- and joined an elite club by matching the lowest 72-hole score in the 103 year history of the tournament.

Furyk posted a three-stroke victory, with a total score of eight-under-par, 272. He joins Jack Nicklaus (in 1980), Lee Janzen (in 1993) and Tiger Woods (in 2000) with the lowest U.S. Open scores ever.

In Sunday's final round, Furyk carded a two-over-par, 72. Despite bogeys on the final two holes, he finished three shots ahead of Australia's Stephen Leaney, who was alone in second place. Masters champion Mike Weir of Canada, and American Kenny Perry tied for third -- a full seven shots behind Furyk (at one-under-par, 279).

World number one Tiger Woods of the United States was among several golfers who completed the U.S. Open three-over-par, 283, including former PGA and Masters' champion Vijay Singh of Fiji.

The U.S. Open is one of the four grand slam events of golf, along with the Masters, PGA Championship, and British Open.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.