Furyk once again fails to convert 54-hole lead


The ninth time was not the charm for Jim Furyk.

The 44-year-old's PGA Tour winless drought staggered on Sunday as he failed, yet again, to convert a 54-hole lead into a victory.

Taking a one-stroke lead into the final round, Furyk finished with 2-over 74, tying J.J. Henry for the worst round of anyone who finished in the top 50, en route to a disappointing tie for seventh.

"I'm still in a little - I don't know if shock is the right word, but I'm surprised," Furyk said, before going over the early part of his round in agonizing detail.

"I went out there early in the round, hit the ball very crisp, hit the ball well, really couldn't have played much better for the first four holes, but I really struggled to get the putts to fall. I hit a good putt at one, misread one at three, hit a real good putt at four that didn't go, and then when I bogeyed five, the round started slipping away. Those holes, 6-10, I hit a lot of good shots."

Not included in that post-round recap was his adventure down the cliffs off to the right of the sixth hole, from where he somehow saved par. Still, all those good shots added up to a front-nine 38 before another bogey set him back another shot on the par-4 10th. 

"Around the greens, I just let the round get away early," he said. "I stood on the 11th tee trying to think, 'How in the heck did I get to 3 over?'" 

In the end, Furyk failed to convert his ninth 54-hole lead in nine tries since his last victory on Tour, the 2010 Tour Championship. For reference, from 1994-2010, Furyk turned 17 54-hole leads or co-leads into 10 of his 16 career victories.

Sadly for Furyk, the hunt for No. 17 continues.

"Definitely that early part of the round, I hit the ball well and surely could have gotten off to a better start with the putter and gotten some putts to go in," he added. "That would have changed the whole flavor of the day for me."