Furyk back from injury; busy stretch to Oakmont

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Although Tiger Woods didn’t make his comeback from injury at the Wells Fargo Championship, there is one major winner who is making this week’s start his first after an extended stay on the disabled list.

Jim Furyk, who had surgery on his left wrist in February and hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since last year’s Deutsche Bank Championship, returns to action this week in Charlotte.

“My wife joked it was kind of the first day of school,” Furyk said. “She wanted to know if I had my best outfit on.”

Furyk admitted to being rusty following a nine-hole practice round with Davis Love III on Tuesday at Quail Hollow, but said his wrist is healthy enough to withstand Tour conditions.


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He was encouraged by his abbreviated practice round on Tuesday where he tested the injury by playing shots from Quail Hollow’s thick rough.

“I know I can’t hit 100 balls every day and go out and play 18 holes and then go practice again,” Furyk said. “I’ve got to pace myself a little bit.”

This week’s event will be a crucial test for Furyk, who plans to play four of the next five weeks including starts at The Players, Colonial and Memorial before heading to the U.S. Open at Oakmont outside of Pittsburgh where he was born.

“I’d still like to play as much as I can without getting too tired,” he said. “Four of the first five is my goal and then I’ll reevaluate after that.”