Jim Furyk shoots 68 after month long break from competitive golf
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship


It is surprising to see Jim Furyk has not played well at The Open in recent years because he has the experience and patience to contend at golf’s oldest championship. In the opening round at Hoylake, Furyk showed what he is capable of with a four-under 68 to tie for third place.

The 16-time PGA Tour winner said the key was to stay patient in the calm conditions. “If you start trying to force the issue, or start hitting some drivers off the tee maybe where you shouldn’t, or trying to chase a couple of pins, now it can jump up and bite you and make some bogeys, and all of a sudden you put yourself behind the 8 ball. The idea is stay patient.”

Furyk had a tremendous grouping with five-time Open champion Tom Watson and 2011 champ Darren Clarke.

“It’s a fun experience. Darren has always been a fan favorite over here. He’s a friend, and someone I really like being around, so it was nice to see the reception he got today. But I was telling him on 18 it was a pretty cool thing with Tom. We had a couple standing O’s on tee boxes even early this morning. Walking out there and seeing the reception he got from the crowd was pretty special. I enjoyed walking around today and kind of being a part of it and seeing it.”

Clarke shot level par and Watson registered a one-over 73. Watson is playing in his second to last Open, and he will have a good chance of making the cut tomorrow.

Furyk said Watson’s round  “was fun to see. We should all be so lucky at 64, I’ll say that.”

It will also be fun to see Furyk in contention on Sunday.

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–Bernie D’Amato