Watch: Flagstick denies Furyk birdie (or saves his par) at No. 17

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Jim Furyk was challenging for the second-round lead when he hit this putt for birdie on the par-3 17th.

Watch: Flagstick denies Furyk birdie (or saves his par) at No. 17

Jim Furyk was challenging for the second-round lead when he hit this putt for birdie on the par-3 17th.

Jim Furyk was challenging for the second-round lead when he hit this putt for birdie on the par-3 17th.

Did the flagstick cost him a birdie? Did it keep his ball from racing past the hole and save his par?

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Furyk said after his round that he believed it to be the latter.

"I don't think the TV gives you quite a perspective on how fast that ball was moving," Furyk said. "I'm probably being generous in saying that ball was going a good 8 feet by, maybe more. It wasn't like water bound or anything, but it was humming. And so I think I was laughing just because of – I thought it was a good break."

Either way, it was a tap-in for 3 (something Tiger Woods would have gladly taken). Furyk finished with an 8-under 64 and, at 9 under for the championship, was trailing only Tommy Fleetwood at TPC Sawgrass.

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