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Then Furyk pulled out to a three-stroke lead with only three holes to play, only to make bogeys at 16 and 17. That gave Donald a shot, especially when he holed out a chip for birdie at the tough 17th hole to pass Retief Goosen and get within a shot of the leader.
"I told my caddie, `I need to chip this in and make a 2 on the last,'" Donald said. "Obviously, I did half of it."
He put his tee shot at 18 on the green, but missed a 30-footer for birdie.
That left it to Furyk, who was in a bunker so deep he could only see the top of the lip -- "kind of a worm cam," he quipped. He hit a clean shot and watched it head for the flag. It landed inches from the cup and spun to a stop just past the flag.
Furyk hopped out of the bunker to get a better look and knew the FedEx Cup was his.
Once the formality of a putt was done, he had his name on a trophy with Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh and had three victories in a season for the first time in his career -- not a bad case for PGA Tour player of the year.
Maybe that's why he got so fired up.
"It just hit me," Furyk said. "I was excited and dropped the putter and ... I don't know. I guess at that moment, you're not really responsible for what happens next."
He earned $1.35 million for the win, along with the $10 million bonus. Not bad, considering he was disqualified from the opener of the playoffs when he missed his pro-am time at The Barclays because the battery died in his cell phone, which he used for an alarm.
He was No. 11 in the standings going into the Tour Championship, and became the first player out of the top 10 to win the cup.
Furyk still ranks the U.S. Open as his biggest win, although this was a close second.
"It's only 4 years old," he said of the FedEx Cup. "But 40 years from now, there should be a lot of history in this trophy. And to have 'Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk' ... I'm very proud of that, because those two can flat play -- two of the most dominant players of my era, for sure."
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