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Michael Taylor 1st Dec 2010 - 11:57

Jim can unleash the Fury-k

A top class field has once again been assembled for the Chevron World Challenge with eighteen men vying for the monster $1.35million first place prize.

Most of the top players from the PGA Tour and European Tour will be in attendance including form player Ian Poulter but it may still be the defending champ, Jim Furyk, who everyone has to catch.

Last year Furyk was sensational over the weekend shooting consecutive five under par 67s as he fought back from an average Thursday and Friday to overhaul Graeme McDowell.

If this doesn't give him tonnes of confidence then the fact he arrives in California as the FedEx Cup winner should.

The last time we saw the 40-year-old in individual competition (he scored just one point from four matches in the Ryder Cup) he claimed his first ever FedEx Cup win by taking the prestigious TOUR Championship.

It was the icing on the cake for a brilliant season that saw him win three tournaments, take seven top 10's and claim over $4.8million in prize money - non-inclusive of the £10million given to the FedEx Cup winner.

If that was the icing then this could be the cherry.

The magnificent Sherwood Country Club offers golfers enough to fire low scores, but stray away from the fairways and it's a miracle if you avoid one of the 1,800 oak trees that line the course.

Tiger Woods has won the tournament three times in the past, to prove that big hitters have an advantage, but you have to be in form to succeed - which Tiger most certainly isn't.

Furyk on the other hand is measured, takes few risks and hits the ball straight and consistently so while he won't be putting for eagles on par 4's he should have enough about him to knock in the odd birdie and avoid dropping too many shots.

The best news for punters is that Tiger Woods' presence has pushed everyone else, making Furyk an unbelievable 9/1 shot on a course we know he can thrive upon.

Another in a similar mould to Furyk is England's Luke Donald, a one time winner of the event back in 2005.

He isn't long off the tee but he really thinks about his game plus he has the added advantage of being a magician round the greens and with his putter.

He's also bang in form with three top three finishes in his last three tournaments, plus he's had a good month of rest heading into this one - making him look a great shout at 10/1, while at 16/5 he could be a banker to be the top round of the world player.

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