Jim Furyk (pictured) will look back on this season with conflicting feelings of satisfaction and disappointment after just four holes and one putt transformed what could have been a great year to one of ultimate frustration and a feeling of missed opportunities.
He had a great opportunity to win the US Open for the second time in his career in June. He was the best player over 69 holes but then faltered over his last three to allow Webb Simpson to win the first major of his career.
At the Bridgestone Invitational in August Furyk was in even better shape to win this World Championship event. He proceeded to double bogey the last hole and that allowed Keegan Bradley to hole from medium distance to claim that title.
Furyk was then selected by Davis Love for the Ryder Cup as a wildcard pick. He was a veteran of seven previous Ryder Cups and had proven himself to be an able team member in several partnerships in foursomes and fourballs.
Gentlemen Jim missed a putt of about eight feet on the last green of his singles match with Sergio Garcia. That crucial putt cost the US side a half point and ultimately that was the difference between winning and losing the Ryder Cup.
This week’s McGladrey Classic is Furyk’s first outing since that agonising defeat to Team Europe. He contested the tournament last year and finished just six shots off the pace after a good week.
This week’s host course at Sea Island is suited to Furyk’s methodical game. The track will demand careful approach play and good scrambling and putting. Furyk excels when there is a need to find the greens in regulation regularly and there is less pressure on length off the tee.
Furyk qualified for the Tour Championship as he was inside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings after the final qualifying event. He finished 7th, seven shots behind Brandt Snedeker, despite two rounds above par over the weekend.
Our Player in Focus has been a consistent performer on the US Tour for the last fifteen years. He has won 16 times in the States and been runner-up on 24 additional occasions. He has a great opportunity this week to add to that tally and get his career back on track.