After a resurgent 11 months that has seen the 44-year-old veteran record five top-5 finishes, Furyk is in position to start a new streak – he entered the Open Championship at No. 6 in Ryder Cup points. The top nine players at the end of next month’s PGA Championship automatically qualify.
Over the weekend, Furyk joined U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson for some recon at host Glenegagles in Scotland, and they also played a pre-tournament practice round here at Royal Liverpool.
Furyk opened with a 4-under 68 in front of his potential leader, and by Friday night, they’ll have spent four of the past six days together.
“I think it was a goal of mine not to try to put extra pressure on myself to play well,” Furyk said Thursday. “How I play this week really has no effect on how I may play later on in the year if I was to make the team. It is a little odd in one respect (playing with the captain), but I’ve kind of chosen to look at it as a pretty cool opportunity to play with Tom Watson at the Open Championship.”
In addition to seeing Furyk up-close, Watson also had his eye on Tiger Woods.
Of Woods’ 69, Watson said, “I’m hoping that Tiger is going to make the team. I’d like to see Tiger do well (this week) for selfish reasons.”