U.S. Open Practice Round: Jim Furyk nearly aces No. 17

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You’ll likely hear this analysis over and over again during the next few days: Anyone in the field will take his chances on Sunday with 72 pars on the scorecard.

Notice the analysis never says, “… with 36 birdies and 36 bogeys on the scorecard.”

This is not a tournament for the roller coaster riders. It’s not one which will yield birdies in bunches, not one where a player can make up a lot of ground by posting a Johnny Miller. (That’s a 63, in case you’ve never watched television.) It takes four days of grinding out pars to win this championship – and that’s what Dustin Johnson, Jason Dufner, Luke Donald and Jim Furyk do well.

Don’t mistake “boring golf” as some crass cheap shot at these guys, either. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Entering this tournament, it’s a compliment of the highest magnitude, signifying they have what it takes to contend.

But this isn’t just about physical performance. Think about each of these four players. What ties them together is that their highs are never too high and their lows are never too low. You’ll rarely see much emotion out of this foursome, which might not make them the most exciting players to watch, but does make them serious candidates to win.

- Jason Sobel, Golf Channel

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