Furyk Makes Ryder Cup Move

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Jim Furyk is hoping his play this week in Grand Blanc, Mich., will lead to a trip to Birmingham, England.
 
With only two events remaining before the United States Ryder Cup Team is finalized, Furyk made a strong bid Thursday to join his compatriots at The Belfry.
 
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Furyk, currently 11th in the Ryder Cup standings, shot an 8-under-par 64 to tie Brian Henninger for the lead in the Buick Open. Both men recorded eight birdies and no bogeys at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club.
 
I know I am on the bubble and theres a lot of people interested on who makes the team, said Furyk. Thats definitely in the back of my mind, but it doesnt matterIts just one of those things I have to live with right now.
 
Phil Mickelson is alone in third place following a 7-under-par 65. Mickelson would have owned a share of the lead, but the three-time Buick Invitational winner missed a five-foot par putt on the final hole for his lone bogey of the day.
 
David Peoples, John Cook, Briny Baird, Kenny Perry, Craig Perks, Jean Van de Velde, Ian Leggatt and Steve Flesh all shot 6-under 66s to tie for fourth.
 
A two-time Ryder Cupper, Furyk is searching for his second victory of the season. The 31-year-old captured the season-opening Mercedes Championships; however, hes since recorded only three top-10s.
 
Starting on the back nine, Furyk made his first birdie of the day by sinking a 40-footer at the par-3 11th.
 
He added three more over his first nine holes and then kept the pace by birdieing the par-5 1st.
 
A brilliant 4-iron led to another birdie at the par-4 5th. After blocking his tee shot into a fairway bunker at the par-5 7th, Furyk was forced to blast out his second shot a mere 50 yards. He then proceeded to stripe a 4-wood within 20 feet of the hole, which he made for birdie No. 7.
 
Furyks final red number came courtesy of a 15-foot putt on his last hole.
 
I like old traditional courses, similar to the courses that I grew up on in Pennsylvania, Furyk said. I like older courses, where theres a premium on accuracy, not an overpowering long golf course.
 
See Furyk's bogey-free scorecard
 
Long or short, new or old; Henninger hasnt had success on any type of course this year. The 38-year-old has missed 16 of 20 cuts this season.
 
Thursday, Henninger found a string of salvation. He birdied five of his first six holes en route to his lowest score of the year by a full three strokes.
 
Its fun to be ahead. I am good when Im ahead. I am not so good when I get behind, Henninger said.
 
Henninger is battling for his third career PGA Tour victory, but his first over 72 holes. He won the 1994 and 1999 Southern Farm Bureau Classics, both of which were weather-shortened.
 
Full-field scores from the Buick Open