Furyk battles to avoid missing third straight cut


LOS ANGELES – Jim Furyk rallied in the rain Friday at the Northern Trust Open in a bid to avoid missing the cut in a third consecutive start.

“I fought hard today,” Furyk said.

Furyk, No. 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings, made birdies at his 16th and 17th holes only to miss an 8-foot putt for par and make bogey at the closing hole. It left him at 3-over, one shot outside the cut line when he signed his scorecard. But when play was suspended roughly 15 minutes later, the cut had bumped up to 3-over.

“I’d like to get a couple more rounds under my belt going to Match Play,” Furyk said. “After missing the cut two weeks in a row, that would be a bad taste in my mouth.”

Furyk missed the cut at the Sony Open and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in his last two starts. He hasn’t missed three consecutive cuts since the end of the 2004 season. He won’t know for certain he’s made the cut until the suspended second round is complete. Twenty-six players were on the course when play was halted Friday due to darkness at 8:35 p.m. (ET). The second round is scheduled to resume Saturday at 10 a.m. (ET).

The cut will be made to the low 70 scores and ties. There are 68 players at 2-over or better, 83 at 3-over or better.