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Jim Furyk Wins US Open Golf Tournament


American Jim Furyk won the 103rd U.S. Open Championship Sunday for his first major golf title.

After participating in 33 major tournaments, Furyk, 33, won his first major championship at eight-under par and by three strokes over Australian Stephan Leaney.

Furyk shot a two-over par score 72 in the final round, but Leaney could only match Furyk's score with a 72 of his own. Masters champion Mike Weir of Canada, along with American Kenny Perry tied for third place, and they were the only other players under par, at minus one.

Furyk said seeing his name on the Open trophy alongside many of golf's great names through history is a very special feeling. "It is incredible," he said. "My wife and I were reading them and as we were on the 18th green during the [trophy] presentation," she said. "And from a professional standpoint that is the most special thing about it. You know my name will be on that trophy forever with some unbelievable names in golf, so you can not take that away from me now and it is a special feeling."

The feeling was not so special for defending champion Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the world, who struggled through the final two rounds on the greens. Woods finished in a tie for 20th place after a final round two-over par 72 left him three-over par for the tournament.

But for Furyk, he was able to handle what final round pressure there was pretty easily, due to the fact that his lead was three or four shots throughout the final round.

With the victory, Furyk gave his dad Mike, who has also served as Jim's only coach, a very special father's day present.