Furyk on fire at Firestone
By Stephanie Wei under WGC

Furyk eyeing...a WGC win


After opening with a sizzling seven-under 63 in the first round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Jim Furyk followed it with another solid performance, posting a four-under 66 on Friday morning.

It’s gotta be the Five-Hour Energy…right?

His total score of 129 (11-under) marks the lowest of his career, bettering his previous best of 130 (which he’s done four times, with the last being at the ’09 Deutsche Bank Championship).

Heading into the weekend, Furyk, who was irked by the constant reference to his age (42) at the U.S. Open, leads by two over Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

*To be continued — I gotta catch the last shuttle. Sorry! Stay tuned!

“It was nice to get off to a great start yesterday shooting 63, and then maybe even nice to have kind of that happen in the afternoon where I could turn around and get right back out on the golf course this morning again,” said Furyk in his post-round press conference. “Just probably a little easier to keep the momentum going that way than having an early time on Thursday morning, having a good round and having to sit on it until Friday afternoon.”

Furyk, who held a share of the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open in June, said he was pleased with his mindset going into Friday morning.

“I really tried to forget about what I had shot and where I was at and felt like if I could go shoot under par on both 9s and play a good round, I’d put myself in great position for the weekend,” he said. “Just tried to stay aggressive and pick and choose spots.  The golf course, the breeze has kind of been blowing down the hill, so those holes like 8 and 9, 18, holes that sometimes can play quite long, are playing much shorter than usual.  If you can get the ball in play, we’ve had some short irons in our hands into holes that sometimes we usually don’t.  Point in case would be 18.”

With the help of the wind, Furyk hit a monster drive on the 18th and only had 94 yards to the flag. He was in between clubs — a sand wedge and a lob wedge. He ended up going with the lob wedge and bladed it over the green.

Could he remember the last time he had that kind of shot into the final hole at Firestone?

“For my third shot quite a few times, yes,” he cracked.

Furyk’s best finish at this event came in 2001 when he placed runner-up after losing in a seven-hole playoff to Tiger Woods.

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