SAN FRANCISCO – Don’t tell Jim Furyk that this might have been his last best chance to win a major.
Don’t tell him that at 42, he’s getting old.
Furyk left the The Olympic Club Sunday as motivated as he was disappointed after stumbling down the stretch in a bid to win his second U.S. Open.
“Two years ago, I was the Player of the Year in the United States,” Furyk said. “I played poorly last year, and all of a sudden, I'm middle aged. So, I’ve got to be honest with you, that pisses me off.
“So, yeah, I think I have a few more good years. I've been saying it all year, I would like to get another opportunity. Whether or not that happens again in a major championship, I don't know. I know I let one slide today. Hey, Webb [Simpson] went out there and got it, too.”
Opening the day with a share of the lead, Furyk fought to hold onto it all afternoon. He did so until hooking his ball into the trees at the 16th hole and making bogey. That’s where Simpson took the lead. Furyk needed to make birdie at the 17th or 18th holes to have a chance, but ended up making bogey at two of the last three holes to tie for fourth.
“I really felt like I had a lot of confidence in myself and a lot of belief in myself,” Furyk said. “You feel like you're going win the golf tournament, so when you don't, it's that much more disappointing.'