What's a guy look like when he's just won $10M?
He looks exactly like this.
Only in the crazy world of the PGA Playoffs, can a guy get disqualified in the 1st round for oversleeping a pro-am and then finish as the Ten Million Dollar Champion of the 2010 FedEx Cup. But it happened to Jim Furyk -- a guy who after getting the sleepy DQ at The Barclays depressingly said, "I have a way of climbing into situations that are all my fault."
Mr. Sandman must have had a sense of deja vu when he climbed deep down into the rain-soaked, greenside bunker on the par-3 final hole yesterday at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Furyk, who ranks 109th on tour in sand saves, needed to get up-and-down for $10M -- that's all.
He walked into the bunker, wiggled his shoes into the sand, took one last glimpse at the stick, and with no hesitation, took his famous loopy swing. The ball sprayed out, missed the hole by inches, and ran about 3 feet past the cup -- the legendary 3-foot knee-knocker that countless of us have choked on with about $9,999,990 less on the line.
The 40-year-old Furyk wisely turned his Srixon cap backwards to keep the rain from dripping off his visor while he stood over his lottery-quality putt. He dropped it like it was a gimme.
Now he's a gimme to win the 2010 Player of the Year. He's the only player to win three tourneys in a year where every tournament was wide-open thanks to Tiger Woods troubled season.
Guess who'll be buying drinks at the Ryder Cup? That would be Mr. Sandman.