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’s 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

any regrets.”

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

rough.”

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

Furyk’s mind.

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

alright about my game.”