(CNN) -- Jim Furyk ended his season with a first victory in 28 months as he held off a strong European effort to win the Chevron World Challenge in California.
The American Ryder Cup star saved his best until last, shooting a closing, five-under-par 67 to reach 13-under and win the 18-player tournament at Sherwood Country Club near Los Angeles.
Tiger Woods had withdrawn from the event he hosts last Monday, citing the injuries he sustained in a car crash outside his Florida home three days previously.
Graeme McDowell proved to be the lucky benefactor of Woods' strife -- earning a last-minute invitation as the world number one's replacement in the tournament and the Northern Irishman took second place, a shot behind Furyk.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington and European number one Lee Westwood claimed a tie for third a further stroke away from Furyk on 11-under, while Ian Poulter was in a four-way tie for fifth position on nine-under-par alongside American trio Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and Sean O'Hair.
Furyk had started the day on eight-under, two shots behind overnight leaders McDowell and Korean YE Yang.
He was leading on 12-under with two holes to play but found the large bunker in front of the par-three 17th and was staring at bogey when he laid up on the large green. The American had other ideas and sank the long par putt to stay in the lead.
Westwood birdied the 17th for a share of the lead on 12-under only for Furyk to then birdie the last for a second consecutive, five-under-par 67 to move back into the outright lead on 13-under.