Jim Furyk (pictured) appears to be getting his season back on track as he is just one shot off the pace after the second round of the McGladrey Classic. The overnight leader is Arjun Atwal from India whose seven under par round of 63 leaves him just ahead of Furyk and Davis Love.
Furyk 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 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. He followed a first round of 66 by playing his round on Friday in one stroke less.
This week’s host course at Sea Island is suited to Furyk’s methodical game. The track demands 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. He is now in a great position to contend over the weekend.