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Tour Report: No. 26: Jim Furyk

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2013 PREVIEW: Look at the stats, and you’d think 2012 was a pretty good year for Jim Furyk. His scoring average improved from 40th to third while his tally in the final round went from 77th to 27th. That said, Furyk squandered four golden Sunday opportunities to win his 17th TOUR event — so finding a way to reverse that trend in 2013 will be key.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Of the four near-misses, the U.S. Open looms largest. Furyk, who won the 2003 Open and now has five other top-five finishes in the national championship, entered the final round with a share of the lead. But he bogeyed three of his last six holes on the way to a 74 that put him two strokes behind Webb Simpson. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I am sure Jim looks back on 2012 and thinks of what might have been. He was a swing away from winning Transitions, the U.S. Open and the Bridgestone Invitational. Jim is an athlete and mentally tough. He will bounce back. A couple quick hooks hurt him at the U.S. Open but I thought he also played too quickly on the final hole at Bridgestone. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Despite his series of unrequited runs at greatness, let’s not overlook the value in the fact that he played himself into multiple opportunities to make history. We must also underscore his tenacity to fight back, not that anyone was surprised. Winning is hard, and no one banked more than he did ($3.623 million) without a trophy in 2012. Gamers will forever take two second-place finishes, one third and another five top 10s in a single season. With only one season outside $3.4 million since 2005, he belongs in the back half of your first round. Even at 42 years of age, that assessment is supported by a full schedule. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert


Regular Season ranking

Final Playoffs ranking

Best finishes 2nd Transitions Championship
By the Numbers
Starts: 24
Cuts made: 20
Rounds played: 88
Top-10 finishes: 8
Money List rank: 12th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 171st
Driving accuracy: 4th
Greens in regulation: 23rd
Strokes gained-putting: 19th
Scoring average: 3rd


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