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FedEx Cup: Jim Furyk takes home $10 million prize

FedEx Cup winner Jim Furyk closed the Tour Championship with an even-par 70 and a one-shot victory over Luke Donald, It was the closest FedEx cup in four years, with five players in contention to win an hour before it ended.

Jim Furyk kisses the FedEx Cup after winning both the Tour Championship golf tournament and the FedEx Cup at East Lake in Atlanta, Ga, Sunday.

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The biggest shot of his career gave Jim Furyk the biggest payoff in golf.

Clinging to a one-shot lead, with a $10 million bonus riding on the outcome, Furyk nearly holed a bunker shot and knocked in the 2½-foot par putt he had left to win the Tour Championship and capture a FedEx Cup that came down to the very last hole.

Furyk closed with an even-par 70 and a one-shot victory over Luke Donald in a steady rain at East Lake.

Donald, who chipped in from 100 feet for birdie on the 17th hole to keep his hopes alive, was waiting in the scoring trailer when Furyk hit his hybrid on the 230-yard closing hole into the bunker. A bogey would mean a sudden-death playoff to decide the FedEx Cup.

It was the 16th career victory for Furyk, but none that ended like this.

When he rapped in his short par putt with his back turned backward, he plucked the ball out of the cup, just like always. Then, he dropped his putter and fired the ball over the grandstands behind the 18th green, and thrust his right arm into the air as he screamed with delight.

Furyk earned $1.35 million for winning the tournament, and $10 million from the FedEx Cup.

In its fourth year, it was by far the most riveting finale of the FedEx Cup. With an hour to go, the five players who had a chance to win the cup included Nick Watney, who started the week as the No. 28 seed in a 30-man field.

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