June 16, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Former University of Arizona men's golfer Jim Furyk won the 2003 United States Open championship Sunday with a record-setting performance at Olympia Fields Country Club outside of Chicago.
Furyk, a member of the UA golf team from 1988-92, won the 103rd U.S. Open with an eight-under-par 67-66-67-72=272 total, a figure that was three strokes better than the rest of the field. It was an effort so impressive that it equaled the event's 72-hole scoring record, a feat matched by only three other players: Jack Nicklaus (1980), Lee Janzen (1993) and Tiger Woods (2000).
In marching to his first career major tournament win, Furyk tallied 18 birdies and 44 pars and led the field in greens in regulation. It was Furyk's eighth career PGA Tour victory in 10 years as a professional. He pocketed $1.08 million for the victory.
No stranger to success, Furyk was a member of Arizona's 1992 national championship team and a two-time All-American. He was a three-time all-Pac-10 selection, while his 176 career rounds played ranks fourth in Arizona history. A Mary J. Roby Academic Award winner in 1989 and 1991, Furyk was inducted into the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
Fellow Wildcat Ricky Barnes posted a four-round total of 71-71-79-70=291 (+11) to finish tied for 59th place. For Barnes, the 2003 co-winner of the Ben Hogan Award as the best amateur player in college golf, it was his best U.S. Open finish in three career appearances (2000, 2002). It was also the third made cut for the Stockton, Calif., native in three PGA Tour events this season.
Furyk's victory marks the third United States Golf Association championship for current or former University of Arizona golfers in the past year. In addition to Furyk's heroics, Don Pooley (1970-73) won the 2002 U.S. Senior Open and Barnes (1999-2003) won the 2002 U.S. Amateur.