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Jim Furyk In Control, Positioned for 2014 Breakthrough at RBC Canadian Open

Jim Furyk RBC Canadian Open

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It’s been nearly four years since Jim Furyk won on the PGA Tour. His last victory came at the 2010 Tour Championship, capping a remarkable three-win year that also earned him the FedEx Cup title. Despite the drought, Furyk has remained steady, always a strong contender in big-time tournaments, and now a nearly flawless week has him in position to win again at the RBC Canadian Open.

The 44-year-old veteran went birdie-for-birdie with Canadian favorite Graham DeLaet on Friday to earn himself a share of the lead. While it would have been understandable for any player not to keep up such a torrid scoring pace, Furyk allowed himself no such break, extending his streak of holes without a bogey to 50, with the last blemish on his scorecard coming on the fourth hole of the tournament on Thursday.

Make no mistake, Furyk has seen just about everything in his career, and he knows first-hand how difficult it can be to actually close out on Sunday with a lead. In the last six tournaments in which Furyk held at least a share of the 54-hole lead, he’s winless. Since the end of 2010, he’s placed in the top-ten 25 times out of 86 starts (just under 30%), and he’s been a runner-up five of those.

What does Furyk have to do to finally win one of these things again? As is often the case in this sport, it starts with forgetting about position and just playing the game.

“Not really worrying about what position I’m in the golf tournament, not looking at the leaderboard too much, going out there and trying to attack the golf course the same way that I have the first three days will be key,” Furyk said on Saturday. Of course, he’s also smart enough to know that that’s often easier said than done.

Still, the way Furyk has been playing this week, there have just been no flaws for anybody else to capitalize on. Furyk leads the field in greens in regulation at a ridiculous 83.33%, sits fifth in strokes gained putting, and third in driving accuracy. It’s textbook golf, and now that he’s dialed in this way, the finishing touch is just around the corner.

Brandon Raper is the lead golf writer for Rant Sports. “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and join him on Google+.