If it’s been said once, it’s been said a thousand times. Golf, especially on the PGA Tour, is becoming more of a young man’s game by the week.
That makes it all the more impressive that Jim Furyk, on the eve of his 44th birthday, is taking care of business as well as anybody else on the circuit.
On Sunday at Quail Hollow, Furyk fired the round of the day with a 65. At one point, it looked as though Furyk would finally earn his first title since the 2010 TOUR Championship, but J.B. Holmes was able to hang on, edging Furyk by just a single stroke.
Even though it wasn’t meant to be this week, you have to like the way the veteran Furyk has changed his approach to the game. He’s always played well at Quail Hollow, but skipped the tournament last year, feeling like he wasn’t in the right mental place to excel. Going bogey-free since his fourth hole on Saturday, it would appear that those concerns are far behind him now.
Furyk now has three top-ten finishes in his last four tournaments, and seven top-25 placings on the season. Not only should he be one of the early-week favorites for The Players Championship this coming week, but at this pace he should be one of the stronger contenders for the season-long FedEx Cup title.
Only two players ahead of Furyk in the standings – Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson – have played in as few events as Furyk at this point in the season. Watson sits in second place right now, buoyed by his win at the Masters, and Johnson had a victory and two runner-up finishes by the end of February. As the summer rolls on, just a single win could potentially skyrocket Furyk in the standings and improve his playoff positioning.
There’s a lot of golf left to be played this year, and a refreshed Furyk has plenty in the tank to be a force to be reckoned with.