BETHESDA, Md. – Jim Furyk is trying to move on from his close call to win a second U.S. Open at The Olympic Club. He can't seem to escape it, however, from fans and peers.
'The difficult spot is I get reminded of it at least two-dozen times a day,' Furyk said Wednesday at the AT&T National.
One particular fan near Furyk's home near PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., played psychologist to understand Furyk's poor tee shot at the par-5 16th in the final round. The local dry cleaner asked PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem why Furyk hit the snap hook he did, leading to a costly bogey. Finchem said it wasn't Furyk's intention. The dry cleaner maintained Furyk still should not have pulled his ball well left.
'Yeah, no (expletive),' he said, drawing laughter. 'I guess that's why you shouldn't break the buttons on my shirts, but it happens once in a while.'
Furyk reiterated he was flummoxed by the U.S. Golf Association's decision to move the 16th tee up 100 yards for the final round. He made a mental gaffe to take a more aggressive line with the shorter hole. It ultimately cost him the tournament.
'I handled that situation poorly, and that stuff happens in the heat of the battle,' he said. 'You're going to make some quick or rash decisions, and there I made a poor decision.'
The sting from that Sunday may not subside for a long time, but Furyk is prepared to move on this week.
'I think for the first couple days it stings a little bit more and it's tough to deal with personally,' he said. 'I've always been kind of good at putting it behind me.'