Mother Nature crashes party

It took four days, but the one uninvited guest finally managed to crash the party at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The wind reared its ugly head just in time to play havoc with the leaders on the back nine Sunday at TPC Summerlin. Greens that were reachable for the first three days were now safe. Balls that were headed to the flagstick suddenly were going left. Putts were running past the hole as the greens were a little quicker after drying out.

It’s little wonder no one who teed off late in the morning was able to run away from the field.

"It was tough out there because it was blowing from a different direction," said former UNLV star Chad Campbell, who finished tied for second. "It made things very interesting at the end."

Martin Laird, the tournament winner who survived a three-man sudden-death playoff with Campbell and George McNeill, said it changed the way the par-5’s were playing on the back side.

"Earlier in the week, you could hit driver and 7- or 8-irons in," Laird said. "(Sunday) I was hitting a 3-iron. It definitely changed the golf course."

* FURYK’S CHARGE — Jim Furyk didn’t win Sunday, but he sure made things interesting. The only man to win this event three times, Furyk posted a final-round 9-under 62, the day’s best round, to finish in a tie for fourth place.

Furyk, who won in Las Vegas in 1995, 1998 and 1999, birdied five of his last six holes to finish at 18-under 266. He just missed making eagle at the par-5 ninth, which would have tied him for the lead.

Had Furyk not imploded Saturday when he shot 73, his 62 Sunday might have been good enough to win.

"To end the year with a 62 is super," Furyk said. "But I didn’t so enough (Saturday) on a perfectly calm day, on an easy golf course where the scores were low. I didn’t do enough to keep myself in the tournament."

* MOVING UP — The chase to the top 125 on the Tour’s money list saw some changes following Sunday’s final round. Laird’s win moved him from No. 134 to 62 while McNeill went from No. 115 to 87.

Former UNLV star Bill Lunde moved into the top-125, going from 126 to 124 with his tie for 27th place.

For Rebel alum Ryan Moore, his tie for seventh moved him up from 36th to 34. Moore is trying to break into the top-30, which would get him an automatic bid into the Masters, the U.S. Open and other invitational events such as The players Champion, the AT&T National and The Memorial.

* FOWLER GETS SPOT — Rickie Fowler’s PGA Tour debut was good enough to get him a spot in this week’s Open in Scottsdale, Ariz. Fowler finished tied for seventh at 16-under 268. Those who finished in the top-10 at the Shriners Open earn a spot in Scottsdale.

Contact reporter Steve Carp at or 702-387-2913.

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