Jim Furyk finally wins a PGA Tour event, after a drought of more than two years, and wouldn't you know it? Probably only few avid golf watchers were watching. To be honest, I don't know how he finished up his triumph at the Transitions tournament. The last I looked, he had pushed his drive into the trees on 18 than shanked his shot out of there.
But then, I flipped to ESPN to watch Tiger Woods' one-on-one interview there, and then to Golf Channel to watch his interview there. I saw a crawler saying that Furyk had held on to win by a shot.
I agree with the fine writers on golf.com in their terrific weekly online roundtable. Wodos didn't try to step on the finish of the tournament. Especially not after he got hammered for taking the air out of the Accenture Match Play by holding his public apology opposite it (personally I thought he actually brought interest to the Accenture Match Play but that's another story).
Woods was in total control over these media events, insisting on the format, the time, and I guess even the scheduling. But it is doubtful he wanted to rain on Furyk's win. He likes and admires Furyk, a Ryder Cup partner who was leading all day yesterday. He probably had an agreement to air the interviews at 7:30, thinking the tournament would be over by then. But there was a long rain delay.
As for Furyk, it is clear that most people in golf do not think he is a one-and-done major champion. They think he has another one in him. You'll notice that most guys who have won majors, especially the Masters, have won at least one tournament early that year. So add Furyk to the list of major contenders in 2010--unless a certain returning golfer sweeps them.