Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland hung on to a one-shot victory over Bernhard Langer of Germany and American Jim Furyk at the close of the TimberTech Championship in Boca Raton, Florida Sunday.
All three birdied the short par-5 18th as Clarke closed with a 68 to finish the 54-hole event on 17-under 199.
Clarke, the 52-year-old major champion, bucked a double bogey on 9 with six birdies to hold off Langer and Furyk who shot 67 and 68, respectively.
“I’ve had a lot of opportunities the last few years, so it’s great to finally win one,” Clarke said. “I wouldn’t be working this hard if I didn’t think I could still win.”
It was Clarke’s first win since the 2011 Open championship at Royal St. George’s.
“Well, the last victory I had, I was drunk for a week, so this time I won’t be,” Clarke said.
Langer, 63, made the turn at four-under to seize the lead but was undone by bogeys on 6 and 8.
“I didn’t drive the ball well and I could feel there was something wasn’t right with my swing and it showed up over and over,” Langer said. “I hit probably six or seven tee shots just way right and that’s going to bite you sooner or later — and it did on 16.”
The 50-year-old Furyk, on the other hand, made five birdies against one bogey to match Clarke’s final round score.
“I really feel like I’m putting well, but I was burning a lot of edges and not able to get some putts to go in,” Furyk said.
“At 18 had a nice look for eagle there from about 20 feet and thought I hit a great putt. I didn’t even sniff the hole, I probably missed it a good cup low and we just misread the putt. I’m a little stunned it broke as much as it did.”
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain was solo fourth on 15-under 201 after a 66 while tied for fifth were American Gene Sauers (68-202) and Robert Karlsson (71-202).
Rounding out the Top 10 were Steve Flesch (66-203). Tim Petrovic (68-203), Kent Jones (70-203), Kirk Triplett (65-204), Duffy Waldorf (68-204), Vijay Singh (68-204), Stephen Leaney (68-204) and Cameron Beckman (71-204).
Two-time major winner John Daly, who shared the lead in the first round, and Ernie Els were among those tied for 26th spot on eight-under 208 following a 71 and 70, respectively.