Furyk excited to be back in the hunt at a major


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Jim Furyk had a chance to win last year’s U.S. Open before a hooked tee shot on the 16th hole in Sunday’s final round led to a share of fourth place. Since then, he’s struggled at the majors, with no finish better than 25th in the last five.

That could change this week, as Furyk sits T-2 halfway through the PGA Championship, with rounds of 65-68 already under his belt.

“It feels good,” he said after Friday’s three-birdie, one-bogey performance. “I try not to treat the preparation for the major championships any different. … I try to pretty much treat it the same. It feels good to be in contention, really, in any event, but it’s special when it’s a major.”

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Entering the weekend two strokes behind leader Jason Dufner, Furyk said he’s excited for playing the final two rounds in contention.

“I have got some confidence built up from the last couple of weeks in the last two events being in the top-10,” he said. “It was a beautiful round of golf yesterday. Although maybe I wasn’t firing on all cylinders and maybe I wasn’t striking the ball as good as I was yesterday, it gives me a lot of confidence to go in there, get the ball up and down a few times, gut it out and still shoot 68 on a tough golf course.”