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Furyk has history with U.S. Women's Open course

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LANCASTER, Pa. – Jim Furyk knows the test awaiting the field at the U.S. Women’s Open this week.

The PGA Tour veteran, winner of the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields in suburban Chicago, grew up playing Lancaster Country Club, host to the U.S. Women’s Open. Furyk played high school golf for nearby Manheim Township High in Lancaster County.

“I probably played two or three days a week there in the fall during the high school golf season,” Furyk told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It was a treat that our school was allowed to call Lancaster Country Club home.”

Count Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis among the favorites to win, based on Furyk’s assessment of what might decide the championship. While Furyk loves the overall test architect William Flynn presents at Lancaster Country Club, he said its “old school” greens promise to test skill and nerves.

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“The ladies will have a lot of putts - even from short range - that have a lot of break in them,” Furyk said. “The player who putts well will have to be very comfortable with the speed of the greens to feed big-breaking putts to the hole.”

Park is one of the best putters in the history of the LPGA. Lewis leads the tour in putts per greens in regulation this year.