Valhalla 2008 - Singles - Jim Furyk
(U.S.A.) v Miguel Angel Jimenez (Europe)
Hole 1 - 448 yards. Jimenez hit well from the tee to
finish on the right of the fairway having already cut the
corner on the gentle dog-leg. Furyk's tee shot was
slightly sliced and bounced off the fairway into the rough
just short of the trees. Furyk gambled from there, hitting
a clean long iron to just short of the green while
Jimenez's approach found the very front of the green some
50 feet from the pin. Furyk played a beautiful pitch to
within 3 feet of the hole while Jimenez's putt was safe
but some 6 feet short. Jimenez made no mistake with the
putt and Furyk hit firmly into the cup to halve the hole.
Hole 2 - 505 yards. Another dog-leg to the left with a
fairway bunker to catch the careless drive to the right.
Jimenez duly obliged while Furyk was long and straight,
ending in perfect position in the centre of the fiarway.
Jimenez went for broke with his bunker shot, but although
getting plenty of distance on the shot the direction was
poor and he found sand again just short of the green.
Furyk hit a 5-iron to within 25 feet of the pin and then
Jimenez's second sand shot was played cleverly but ran 12
feet past the hole. Furyk then played a beautiful putt to
hole out for a birdie and win the hole. Furyk one-up.
Hole 3 - 206 yards. Furyk's long iron off the tee was
underhit and finished safely over the water but in the
rough well short of the green. Jimenez hit the perfect
tee-shot, the ball landing just short of the pin and
rolling 10 feet past to set up a birdie chance. Furyk's
chip was a shade too long and he was left with a difficult
15-footer to save his par, but he subsequnely holed out
for his 3. Jimenez, putting to win the hole rimmed the
hole but stayed out and the hole was halved. Furyk one-up.
Hole 4 - 375 yards. Another great shot off the tee by
Furyk left him in a splendid position centre of the
fairway. Jimenez was shorter but still okay but from right
of the fairway he left his approach short and very close
to the bunker guarding the green. Furyk played a timid
chip to leave himself a 40-foot putt for a birdie but
Jimenez really put the pressure on the American by holing
his chip for a 3. Furyk's putt was bold but wide and the
match was level again.
Hole 5 - 463 yards. A safe drive by Jimenez left him in
reasonable shape on the fairway, but Furyk was just as
straight and longer by some 30 yards. Jimenez was though
the green with his approach and in light rough but Furyk
hit a superb mid-iron to within 12 inches of the pin and
the putt was conceded for another birdie for the American.
Jimenez need to hole his chip from the rough but was
10-feet short. Furyk one-up.
Hole 6 - 500 yards. Two good drives left comparatively
easy approach shots, Jimenez chipping to within 16 feet of
the pin, while Furyk was a good 35 feet too strong, and he
then left his first putt 6-feet shot. Jimenez had a tricky
16-footer to square the match, the putt looked good but
pulled up on the very lip of the hole so that was 4 for
Jimenez. Furyk took an age on his putt to halve the hole,
then hit it just wide for a bogie and letting the match
slip back to all-square.
Hole 7 - 601 yards. With two alternative routes at this
hole Furyk took the conventional one and finished in the
centre of the fairway. Jimenez took the scenic route, over
the water, and was rewarded with a fine position with an
open approach, albeit back over the water again, to the
small green. His approach shot was a beauty, just failing
to reach the green but in perfect position for a simple
chip to the pin position at the back of the green. Furyk
was just on the fairway but over to the left and his third
shot ended up behind the green and in the rough. Jimenez
chipped to within 4 feet of the flag, and Furyk really
needed to hole his chip from the rough but overcooked the
shot and was 10 feet past. Jimenez duly holed his putt to
go ahead in the match for the first time. Jimenez one-up.
Hole 8 - 180 yards. An easy par-3 and so it proved with
both Jimenez and Furyk getting within 12 feet of the hole
from the tee, and both holing the putts to halve the hole
in birdies. Jimenez one-up.
Hole 9 - 416 yards. Disaster for Jimenez as he again
found the fairway bunker from the tee, while Furyk hit a
safe drive straight fown the middle. Jimenez was well
short of the green with his sand shot while the American
chipped to within 15 feet of the flag. Jimenez then played
a delightful ship to finish just 2-feet short of the hole
but Furyk rammed home the putt to win the hole and bring
the match back to all-square again.
Hole 10 - 594 yards - Both drove well from the tee, a
few yards separately the two balls in the centre of the
fairway. Furyk's second shot was better than Jimenez's and
when Jimenez then made a hash of his approach to the green
and ended up in the sand again, Furyk had an easy chip to
within 6 feet, and holed from there as Jimenez exploded
out of the bunker and through the green into the rough.
Hole 11 - 208 yards. Halved in pars as both players
failed to hole gettable putts from 10 and 12 feet. Furyk
Hole 12 - 464 yards. Furyk hooked his drive into the
rough while Jimenez was long and straight. Furyk went for
the glory shot with his second and ended up in the trees
still well short of the green. Jimenez played a careful
approach shot to set up his par, while Furyk was only able
to play out of the heavy rough amidst the trees and ended
up in the greenside bunker. Jimenez only had to chip and
hole out from 3 feet to win the hole. All-square.
Hole 13 - 352 yards. A fairly easy par 4 hole and with
both golfers on the green in regulation it was a matter of
who, if eirther, could sink their respective putts.
Jimenez just failed from 20 feet, slipping just past the
hole, while Furyk from 12 feet rattled the cut to regain
the lead in the match. Furyk one-up.
Hole 14 - 215 yards. Another halved hole in par but
Furyk need to hole out from 25 feet to earn his three,
leaving Jimenez a nerve-bending putt from 8 feet which
dropped after pausing on the very rim of the hole. Furyk
Hole 15 - 434 yards. Jimenez for once outdrove Furyk
but then fluffed his approach shot while Furyk was on the
green in two. Jimeenz recovered with a good chip and a
putt from 12 feet, while the American two-putted frm 40
feet to share the hole. Furyk one-up.
Hole 16 - 511 yards. Both maanged to hook their drives
into deep rough. Jimenez recovered the better of the two
but still needed to sink a 20-foot putt to save his par.
Furyk was short, then found the sand in front of the
green, and two-putted form 25 feet for a bogie 5.
Hole 17 - Furyk hit a great drive, Jimenez was nearly
40 yards shorter and always struggling after that as Furyk
was on the edge of the green in two and despite
two-putting from there Jimenez need to hole from 35 feet
to halve the hole. He failed and went one-down with just
one to play.
Hole 18 - 547 yards. A superb drive by Jimenez after
Furyk had left his drive short and to the left of the
fairway. Jimenez's long iron ended in perfect position for
the chip to the green, but Furyk's second was beautifully
played and the balls were only a few yards apart for the
third shots. Furyk played first and left his ball just 12
feet from the pin putting immense pressure on Jimenez who
had to win the hole to halve the match. He responded
brilliantly, leaving his chip just 18 inches short of the
hole, a putt which was instantly conceded by Furyk. Now
Furyk needed to hole out from around 12 feet. With several
of the American players who's matches had been completed
cheering him on Furyk took an age to line up the putt.
Finally he played the stroke, the ball hit firmly and
straight into the centre of the hole to win the match for
the U.S.A. Furyk won by one hole. (In reality Furyk won 2