Birdie on 15
Jim Furyk makes a birdie at the par-5 15th at The McGladrey Classic on Sunday.
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Depending on perspective, Jim Furyk has either had a very good season or a very disappointing one.
Furyk is as hard on himself as anyone, so he would likely choose the latter.
Furyk entered the final round of The McGladrey Classic tied for the lead with Davis Love III, and carded a respectable final-round 69 to finish third. He was one shot back, needing a birdie on one of the final three holes to catch eventual champion Tommy Gainey.
Furyk made par on the 16th, saved par from 13 feet on 17 and pushed his approach right from the middle of the fairway on No. 18, leading to a bogey.
“You know, I’m disappointed,” said Furyk, who has lost a number of leads this season. “I did battle. I think at times it’s probably a little harder, you see the first guy to post, it’s harder to chase that score when it’s already in when we’re on the sixth hole.”
Furyk finished second at the Transitions Championship, lost the U.S. Open after being tied for the lead after 69 holes, double-bogeyed the 72nd hole to lose the Bridgestone Invitational to Keegan Bradley, and bogeyed his final two holes to lose his singles match at the Ryder Cup to Sergio Garcia.
Regardless, Furyk is working on an impressive season. He’s had eight top 10s, and has a lower scoring average (69.3 to 69.8) than he had during his remarkable 2010 season.