Furyk struggles again in tourney near hometown


ARDMORE, Pa. – Jim Furyk can’t remember getting beat up more over 36 holes than he did at Merion Golf Club in this week’s U.S. Open.

Furyk shot 77 and 79 and at 16-over will miss the cut.

It’s especially disappointing to Furyk given he is a U.S. Open champion and was born in West Chester, Penn., about 30 miles west of Philadelphia.

“I'm not sure I've thrown up two worse scores,” Furyk, 43, said. “I don't think I've played worse for 36 holes.”

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Furyk lost a chance to win a second U.S. Open at the Olympic Club with a final-round fade last year. He was excited about coming back to Philadelphia for another chance, but he said his history hasn’t been good here, even in regular PGA Tour events.

“I never really played well at the tournaments that were at Aronimink, or when they were at Waynesboro, we had a couple events there,” Furyk said. “I had four events in the Philly area, and I never really played well in any of those. And then to come back here is a bummer. I played well across the state at Oakmont for a couple of championships. Obviously, later in my career, at 43, there's not going to be another tournament here at Merion through my career, at least not maybe until the Champions Tour. And, yeah, I wanted to play well, but sometimes you press. You try a little too hard.”