GREENSBORO, N.C. – Jim Furyk opened the Wyndham Championship with a 4-under 66. It’s a respectable effort for nearly any PGA Tour pro, but when you’re coming off the lowest score in PGA Tour history, pretty much anything will seem like a letdown.
“It was a good score. Right now a touch frustrating,” Furyk said. “I had some really good opportunities there on the way in as well for birdie on (Nos.) 8 and 9. I hit it 6 feet on both holes and came away with pars.”
Furyk is making his first start since a final-round 58 at the Travelers Championship that broke the Tour’s all-time scoring record. The ball-striking prowess on display during that historic round was again fueling Furyk at Sedgefield Country Club, as he hit all 18 greens in regulation and has now found 38 greens in a row dating back to the third round in Hartford.
“I feel good. I hit a lot of short irons again at the pin, gave myself a ton of opportunities today,” he said. “Just couldn’t capitalize on as many.”
After missing much of the year with a wrist injury, Furyk enters this week at No. 106 in the FedEx Cup standings. While he hopes a good result here will prolong his postseason beyond The Barclays, he is also keenly aware that he has now played his way into the mix for a potential Ryder Cup pick.
“I think the Ryder Cup is on everyone’s mind that might have a chance,” he said. “To say no, I’m not, it’s not on my mind, I would be lying. But also I’ve been in these situations for so many years that all you can really do is focus on your own game and focus on the next day of playing, and you want to go out and play the best you can. That takes care of a lot of things.”