PGA Championship: Consistency Puts Jim Furyk Ahead at PGA Championship

By Carl Conrad
Jim Furyk 3rd Round PGA Championship
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He may not be the flashiest guy on the golf course, but you can’t argue with the results that Jim Furyk produces – especially at this week’s PGA Championship. Furyk fired his second consecutive round of two under par 68 at Oak Hill on moving day. When combined with his first round score of 65, Furyk now sits in first place – one shot clear of Jason Dufner and two ahead of Swede Henrik Stenson.

After a difficult start that saw him drop two shots in the first three holes, Furyk played the rest of the round in four under par. He failed to card another bogey until the 15th hole, but got that shot back on number 17 thanks to an impressive 18-foot birdie putt.

Furyk isn’t a stranger to major championship pressure, having picked up a win a decade ago at the U.S. Open. He has 16 career PGA Tour victories, but has failed to find the winner’s circle since the 2010 TOUR Championship. Furyk knows that holding on for the win this week is not going to be an easy task, but he feels that he is up to the challenge. “There’s a crowded leaderboard at the top, and instead of really viewing it as who is leading and who is not, I’m really viewing it as I need to go out there tomorrow and put together a good, solid round of golf,” he said.

Although there were some low scores to be had on moving day, the conditions finally got to the point where Oak Hill proved the difficult test that most expected heading into the week. The combination of difficult conditions and major championship pressure are going to make the movement on the leaderboard tomorrow fun to watch.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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