Jim Furyk is one of the most consistent players on the PGA TOUR, and the 16-time winner shot another brilliant round to start the PGA Championship. Furyk fired a bogeyless five-under 66, and is currently tied for fourth place with Edoardo Molinari.
Furyk said, “I was happy with the start, I was plugging along, having a good day, 2‑under par, three holes to play and I was playing a very, very patient round of golf and lo and behold, it was a nice finish birdieing 7,8 and 9. A couple of good iron shots on 7 and 8 and a long putt on No. 9. It was a good way to cap off the day and good start to the week.”
Jim decided to take a month off during the middle of the season, and came back with a fourth place finish at The Open, a second place finish at the the Canadian Open, and a T15 at the WGC-Bridgestone.
Furyk also credited his work with Dr. Bob Rotella.
“You know what, I think I never worked with a sports psychologist for 19 and a half years of my career, so I guess I didn’t really know how this all would work or how when I approached ‑‑ when I approached [Dr. Bob Rotella], it wasn’t really anything to do with my game. It kind of had to do with managing my time and my life and kind of fitting priorities in, whether it be family, my kids, practice time, golf, business; just trying to manage everything. I didn’t feel like early last year I was doing a good job of that.
So really the first conversation or two with Bob was more about life than it was about golf to be honest with you. And then as I got more comfortable with him and I wasn’t putting very well last summer, we started talking about putting. And then as that ‑‑ I liked what we talked about after a couple sessions, and then we started talking about other parts of getting the ball around the hole; about coming so close a few times, the PGA being one of them last year and being disappointed.
He’s an easy person to talk to, and I have a hard time usually opening up to people and to strangers. So we’re still kind of building and growing in a relationship. Definitely his thoughts and ideas have left me at ease on the golf course a little bit more, and in life, and have helped me–helped me be more patient this year.”
It’s interesting that even the best players in the world need to sharpen their mental edge from time to time.
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–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)