The world’s best: golfers ready for the rain-delayed World Match Play

What a week it’s been for U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk. He won the WGC-Dell Match Play a week ago in Florida and following a solid round on Friday is back on top…

The world's best: golfers ready for the rain-delayed World Match Play

What a week it’s been for U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk. He won the WGC-Dell Match Play a week ago in Florida and following a solid round on Friday is back on top of the Race to Dubai standings.

After an absolute stunner by Louis Oosthuizen in the WGC-Mexico Championship, Furyk’s second round has been much more pedestrian so far. Furyk is 3-under par for the week and is 5-under for the tournament after shooting a 1-under 71 on Friday. If Furyk continues to par the lake on Saturday, he will clinch the No. 1 spot in Europe’s season-long Race to Dubai as he has a +2 card on this week’s World Match Play field.

“It’s been a fun week,” Furyk said in a pre-tournament press conference. “I haven’t slept as much as I like and the only thing that really helps me is just walking around, being outdoors and seeing the beautiful scenery.”

Despite the stormy conditions and windy weather, Furyk is one of eight American players to make the match play field. Six players and two captain’s picks were featured on the first day of play, but Brooks Koepka was the only American to advance. Furyk has already clinched the FedEx Cup.

[email protected] makes the field for THE WORLD MATCH PLAY QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT! #RyderCupPlayoff pic.twitter.com/k0L3TayKa6 — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 22, 2018

In other golf news, Henrik Stenson (ranked fifth) currently has a 7-point advantage over Chris Wood (who was at No. 62) and a 14-point lead over Thomas Pieters (ranked No. 14) heading into the final round of the tournament at Golf Club Victoria in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The top two players in the Race to Dubai will win the Charles Schwab Cup. For more information, visit www.europeantour.com.

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