At the pre-tournament press conference for the Barclays, Jim Furyk told a funny joke from the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
Ever wonder what the strategy is to play the reachable-in-two par-5 18th at Valhalla? Look no further! I caught up with Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Geoff Ogilvy during their practice rounds to inquire about their approach to the exciting finishing hole. I also spoke with Adam Scott and Jim Furyk to gather their thoughts.
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.
As always, some of you asked where you could watch my work for the Open Championship. The only real answer to that is if you live in Asia, I’m on the preview (or post-round) show on Fox Sports, and I also make regular appearances on Fox Sports Central. Since I know most of my reader base is North America and UK-based, you obviously can’t watch.
I’ve picked several features and interviews from the week at Royal Liverpool covering the Open — which was, as always, a complete blast. First, let’s check out the local area…
At the RBC Canadian Open, Tim Clark waited until the back nine to put together one of the best Sunday charges of the season. Clark birdied five holes on the back to shoot a five-under 65, and defeat third round leader Jim Furyk by one stroke. The Canadian Open is the second win of his career on the PGA Tour.
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.
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.
Just when it looked like Martin Kaymer was about to crumble, he came up big on the famed par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass with one of the most clutch (yet improbable) par saves. (At least he didn’t hit it like a “wimp,” though.) The 29-year-old German struck a gap wedge up onto the island green and then it spun all the way back into the rough — just short of the water.
Almost three years ago, J.B. Holmes was diagnosed with Chiara malformations in his brain and discovered he needed surgery to remove the pressure that was causing vertigo-like symptoms. He had his first — yes, that’s right — brain surgery in September 2011.
He keeps the piece of his skull that was removed in his closet. Now, he might put it in the trophy he won on Sunday at Quail Hollow Club.