Jim Furyk is in contention at Hoylake
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship


Jim Furyk is the ultimate grinder. Much is made of the towering drives hit by the players today, but what Furyk lacks in power, he makes up in consistency and mental fortitude. The ’03 U.S. Open champ has found himself on the first page of the leader board once again after shooting 68-71 for a five-under total.

Furyk is looking to win at least one more major before his career is over. “I feel like I’ve had my chances the last — I’m 44, the last three years I’ve had quite a few opportunities in the majors and been in the hunt. I know that — I believe I’m capable of it, but doing it is another thing. I had a good shot at the PGA last year, and would like to find a good number tomorrow and give myself another opportunity.”

Furyk trails Rory McIlroy by seven strokes, but he will be able to give it his best shot over the weekend. “I’m happy with where I’m at. I think 5-under par, in the top 10. I’ve had a month off coming in here. So my game feels — I’ve got a lot of confidence in it right now. I feel pretty good with a club in my hand, and putting pretty well and made some good saves when I had to. I’m fresh and my attitude is good, and I think that has a lot to do with it.”

Open Championship leader board.

–Bernie D’Amato