PARAMUS, N.J. – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Jim Furyk is in contention entering the weekend.
Since his last PGA Tour victory at the 2010 Tour Championship – which also earned him that season’s FedEx Cup title – Furyk owns 27 top-10 finishes and a half-dozen runner-up results.
Rounds of 66-69 have him in the mix once again at The Barclays – and he’s relishing the opportunity to get back into the winner’s circle.
“It's the reason I still want to play and compete,” he said. “If I play 22, 23 events this year and have a chance on Sunday five or six times, that's a heck of a great year, and that's the reason you play.
“It's the reason we get up every morning and come out and play. It's the reason why after 21 years I still enjoy playing and still enjoy competing. Get up in Sunday morning in Canada, or Wells Fargo or Players knowing if I fire a low number, I have a chance to win. It's good to have that nervous feeling.”
Despite finishing three shots worse on Friday than Thursday, Furyk maintained that his ball-striking actually improved from one day to the next.
“I feel like I hit the ball a touch better, or I had more confidence in my ball striking today, I'll say. I was hitting it fine yesterday but was a little uneasy over some shots. Today I felt like I struck it more solid. I felt like I hit it a little bit better, and maybe didn't knock in as many putts. I had a couple three putts out there that stalled my round. That was really basically the only difference in the two days.”