Furyk joins Day at 8-under with solid 68
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Championship


Jim Furyk finished in style with birdies on 17 and 18 to shoot a second round 68. At eight-under total, Furyk is tied for second with Jason Day, one stroke behind Rory McIlroy

In the first round, Jim birdied his final three holes to shoot a 66. He said, “Yesterday I birdied 7 and 8, 9 to finish my day. Today I birdied 17, 18, so it always makes dinner taste a little better.  You go away with good spirits.”

Furyk added, “I’m just happy with two solid rounds, being able to shoot 66 yesterday and then 68, a good solid position in the tournament. We’re only halfway done, a lot of golf left.”

When I watched Furyk beat Harris English at the WGC-Match Play earlier this year, I realized how well he can formulate a game plan, and attack a course without overpowering it. You have to play extremely well to beat Furyk, and I expect him to be a tough opponent throughout the weekend.

The 44-year-old spoke about why he has been successful at Valhalla. “The design of the golf course is severe, and I think what I’ve done really well to this point is be real patient, and I’ve really picked and chosen the spots where I could be aggressive. I’ve taken advantage of some short irons in my hand and made some putts. I think that’s why I’m sitting in the position I’m in.”

He continued, “Conditions will have to be soft again tomorrow. I can’t imagine the course drys up that quick. I will have the same mindset. Instead of feeling like I can fire at pins, I’m going to pick and choose those spots and play as patient as I can.”

The 16-time winner is looking for his second career major, and I wouldn’t bet against him.

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–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)