Furyk Hopes Past Is Not Prologue

HOYLAKE, ENGLAND | The final round started and Jim Furyk was on the leaderboard. Where he always seems to be. The years and the putts roll by, but Furyk makes no concession to time. Or no less significantly, failure.
Another Open Championship, the tournament he’s learned to play, links golf that he’s come to love. The man is a battler, an athlete. Harken back to his days as a prep basketball star in Pennsylvania. He wanted the ball.
He still does. Age 44, after triumph and, figuratively, tragedy, on golf courses everywhere, Furyk wants the opportunity to succeed, even though that opportunity may leave him reeling – as happened during a few months in 2012.
Before looking back, before recalling the pain golf can inflict on even the very best – Furyk, a U.S. Open champion, fits neatly into that category – we look ahead.
Furyk had a solid Open at Royal Liverpool, finishing fourth, perhaps the beginning of what could be the most important few months of his late career, months possibly of satisfaction and validation.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in my game right now,” he said during the Open. “I feel pretty good with a club in my hand and (am) putting pretty well. My attitude is good. That has a lot to do with it.”
He is determined to make one more U.S. Ryder Cup team, to be in the matches against Europe the end of September at Gleneagles; determined to make us believe in him and to make us forget the agony of 2012 at Medinah.
Furyk played well enough in the British Open. The first round he posted a 68, his best score since a 67 five years earlier at Turnberry. “Mentally,” he told us, “I’m in a good frame of mind, and I’ve been real happy. Mechanically and physically I felt real good over the ball.”


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