Furyk hoping to bounce back from US Open setback
Majors come around so quickly in golf that a disappointment one
month can turn into joyous celebration the next.
That is exactly what Jim Furyk is banking on.
The 32nd-ranked American held a one-shot lead when he reached
the turn in the fourth round at last month’s U.S. Open in San
Francisco, but blew his chances by bogeying three of his final six
holes and losing out to Webb Simpson.
Some speculated that, at 42, the 2003 U.S. Open winner may have
missed his last shot at a second major title.
Now, he is at a damp Royal Lytham & St. Annes for the
British Open, ready to show there’s life in him yet.
”I have always had a big drive to succeed and play well and
work hard. If I play poorly, it makes me mad and makes me want to
do better next time,” he told The Associated Press at the back of
the 18th green after his practice round Tuesday. ”If I play well
and come so close, it’s disappointing, but I’ll work hard either
way. At the end of my career, I’m not going to look back and have
Furyk has tended to perform best at the U.S. Open, adding two
second places and three more top-five finishes to his victory at
Olympia Fields nine years ago.
Lytham this year has the feel of a U.S. Open, a penal rough
beside narrow fairways making for some treacherous lies. Furyk even
thinks a level-par final score could win it, especially if the wind
picks up and the rain that poured down in the northwest English
town on Tuesday afternoon stays for the rest of the week.
”It doesn’t matter to me, I’ve done low in both (good and bad
conditions),” he said. ”I’ve shot 25- and 28-under to win golf
tournaments and I’ve gone around in even par to win golf
tournaments. You just adjust to the conditions.
”But it’s a wet summer, the rough is very thick, some of it
very close to the fairway. You’re going to see some unplayable
lies, people taking slashes at the ball which won’t come out of the
Furyk played his all-American practice round in a fourball with
Lucas Glover, former British Open champion Justin Leonard and U.S.
Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.
There was little chat about the upcoming match with Europe in
Medinah, near Chicago, in September – but it’s definitely on
He’s currently 14th in the U.S. points list, with only the top
eight selected automatically. He needs an improvement in form if he
isn’t to rely on being one of Love III’s wild-card picks for what
would be an eighth Ryder Cup.
”I have some work to do,” Furyk said. ”I played a couple of
times since the U.S. Open, not particularly well. But I feel all
right about my game.”