It might not ease the sting of another close call, but Jim Furyk can take solace in this: None of the 54-hole leaders won a major this season.
Not Phil Mickelson, who was one stroke ahead at Merion as he searched for that elusive U.S. Open title.
Not Lee Westwood, still majorless at age 40, who squandered a two-shot lead at the British Open.
In fact, only four 54-hole leaders in the last 19 majors have gone on to win, dating to the 2009 U.S. Open.
Here’s this year’s breakdown:
Masters: On the final day, Snedeker shot 75 and tied for sixth, while Cabrera carded a 70 and lost in a playoff to Adam Scott.
U.S. Open: Mickelson shot a final-round 74 at Merion, undone by poor wedge shots on the back nine, and finished in a tie for second, extending his own record of six runner-up finishes at the year’s second major.
British Open: Westwood’s ball-striking cost him on the final day at Muirfield as he shot 75 and finished in a tie for third, his eighth top-3 finish in a major.
PGA Championship: Furyk finished second after a Sunday 71 in which he made only two birdies and failed to put any pressure on eventual winner Jason Dufner.