PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jim Furyk knew at the start of the day what it would take to erase a six-shot deficit at The Players Championship. Unfortunately for Furyk, he came up one shot short.
“I felt like it was going to take probably a 7 under, maybe an 8 under to get into contention today and have a shot at winning the golf tournament,” Furyk said after a 6-under 66 left him alone in second place, one shot behind Martin Kaymer.
Furyk began the day tied for 12th but quickly moved into contention after birdies on four of his first six holes. He added two more on the inward half and was one of only two players without a bogey during the final round at TPC Sawgrass. It was a second runner-up finish in as many weeks for Furyk, who now has six straight top-20 finishes this season.
“I’ve been playing really well. I feel like confidence-wise I’m climbing the mountain right now,” he said. “I’m a little disappointed to get close two weeks in a row. It wasn’t like I sat on a lead and finished second both weeks, so it wasn’t kind of like a huge letdown.”
A resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, Furyk had a chance to reach 13 under in his hometown event with a 14-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, but instead settled for par after a 90-minute break in between putts because of a weather delay. As Kaymer struggled down the stretch, the 43-year-old found himself surrounded by television cameras for the second week in a row.
“I think it sucks to have a TV in your face, really,” said Furyk, who rallied with a final-round 65 last week at the Wells Fargo Championship that left him one shot behind J.B. Holmes. “Every time you scratch your nose it’s on television. But I understand it’s part of the deal. You’re looking for a reaction when you know you’re not going to get one, considering a guy knows that there’s three cameras pointed at him.”
With a $1.08 million check as a sizeable consolation prize, Furyk remained positive despite failing to end a winless drought that extends back to the 2010 Tour Championship.
“I mean, I did what I could. I left it all on the golf course, and I hung it all out there today and every cliché you can think of. I played hard today. I played really well.”