Furyk wins on Davis' penalty
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Brian Davis couldn't deny what he saw and knew he was honor-bound to tell the world.
Davis ticked a loose reed during his backswing yesterday on the first playoff hole, calling a two-stroke penalty on himself that gave Jim Furyk a victory at the Verizon Heritage.
"It's just awkward to see it happen at such a key moment in the golf tournament," Furyk said. "Awkward for him to lose that way, and a little awkward for me to win."
Davis immediately asked for PGA Tour tournament director Slugger White and shared what he saw on the shot. White consulted with officials who checked TV replays and confirmed Davis' worst fear: His violation cost him a chance at his first PGA Tour victory.
What Davis lost on the course will be regained in his reputation for his honorable act, White said.
"That will come back to him spades, tenfold," White said.
That was little consolation for Davis, who rolled in a clutch 18-footer for birdie on his final regulation hole to catch Furyk and force the playoff.
Davis' troubles began with his approach, a wayward 7-iron that hit the left edge of the green, rattled off the rocks boarding Calibogue Sound and settled among some grass, twigs and reeds.
Davis' error, a violation of rule 13.4 against moving a loose impediment during a takeaway, was indiscernible but for slow-motion replays.
"It was one of those things I thought I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. And I thought we'd check on TV, and indeed there was movement," Davis said.
He immediately conceded victory to Furyk, who putted out for his 15th PGA Tour win and second since March.
Furyk didn't know what to do at first. He raised his putter and tipped his cap to the cheering and confused crowd, then embraced his children who ran to meet their championship dad.
"I want to react to the crowd and kind of wave and let them know, that 'Hey, I'm excited,' " Furyk said. "But I don't want it to take away from Brian."
Furyk shot a 2-under 69 to finish at 13-under 271. Davis closed with a 68.
Furyk earned $1,026,000 million, finally tasting victory at Harbour Town after posting two seconds and a fourth since 2005.
Davis earned $615,000 for his fourth second-place finish on the PGA Tour.
Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am: Bernhard Langer won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am when the final round was rained out at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Fla.
Langer, the German star who won the Allianz Championship in February in Boca Raton, opened with rounds of 67 and 66 to finish at 9-under 133. He has 10 Champions Tour victories in 51 career starts.
Mark O'Meara and Mike Reid tied for second, a stroke back.
China Open: South Korea's Y.E. Yang won the China Open, shooting a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over Welshmen Rhys Davies and Stephen Dodd in Suzhou, China.
Yang, eighth last week at the Masters, made his only bogey of the weekend on Jinji Lake's tough 18th hole, leaving him with a 15-under 273 total.
Davies closed with a 67, and Dodd shot a 69 in the event sanctioned by the European and OneAsia tours.