Furyk's front-nine 29 his lowest loop this year

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ATLANTA – It wasn’t until Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk’s Day 2 playing partner at East Lake, arrived in the scoring tent that he realized what had happened.

“I was just circling (birdies) every hole,” said Watson, who kept Furyk’s scorecard on Friday.

All total, Furyk carded nine birdies in his round, including seven consecutive 3’s to begin his day. When Watson and Furyk added them up it was a 6-under 64 that was good for a one-stroke lead at the playoff finale despite a bogey at the last.

But if Furyk’s card was surprising his play at East Lake was not. He won the Tour Championship in 2010 at East Lake and was second in 2006 and third in 1998. In fact, he has finished outside the top 10 just once in his last five trips to the Atlanta-area gem.

“It suits my style,” said Furyk, who needed just 26 putts on Day 2 and hit 10 of 14 fairways. “I heard Rory (McIlroy) say yesterday the key to playing well here is hitting fairways and I did that.”

Furyk’s front-nine 29 was his lowest loop this year on Tour and his solid play is likely a boost for U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, who named the veteran one of his four picks earlier this month.