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Tour Championship Weekend Preview

Kevin Liles-US Presswire

Jim Furyk (pictured) won the FedEx Cup and 10 million dollar bonus in 2010 and he is in a good position to do that again after the second round of the Tour Championship. Ahead of the weekend he is one shot in front of Justin Rose after a 6 under par round of 64 which contained nine birdies and three bogeys.

Furyk is projected to finish second in the FedEx Cup as this things stands. Rory McIlroy is four shots behind the overnight leader. If the Irishman maintains his position over the weekend he will receive the massive bonus on Sunday. McIlroy is statistically and on current form the best player in the world and looks likely to stay in contention over the final 36 holes.

Furyk had a great chance to win his second US Open in June. He was in great shape with just three holes to play but faltered on his way to the clubhouse, allowing Webb Simpson to win his first major championship. Furyk also threw away a great winning opportunity at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational last month, a double bogey on his final hole allowing Keegan Bradley to win the tournament on this occasion.

Davis Love has selected Furyk as a wildcard pick for the Ryder Cup next week. It appears that this vote of confidence has banished the unhappy memories of wasting outstanding opportunities to win tournaments at the highest level earlier this year. Furyk is a veteran of seven Ryder Cups and his captain will be delighted with the form he has shown over the first two days of the Tour Championship.

McIlroy is the obvious danger at four shots back after two rounds. He has won the last two play-off events. However, it must be said that this week’s host East Lake course in Atlanta is more suited to Furyk’s game. The course is short by modern standards and puts a premium on accuracy over distance. Even so McIlroy does not have to necessarily win the tournament to earn the bonus.

The most disappointed player in the field after the second round is probably Tiger Woods. His round of 73 was the joint third worst of the day. A double bogey and five bogeys was partially offset by four birdies but the former world number one will have to play exceptionally well over the weekend to win the tournament and bonus.