Jim Furyk ahead of BMW Championships: “I still have life left in me”by Christopher C. Wuensch on Sep. 09, 2011, under Sports
It’s not easy staying on top of the gold world. Just ask Tiger Woods. Or you can ask reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year Jim Furyk.
Furyk’s 2011 season has been starkly different from his 2010 campaign, which saw the University of Arizona alum named PGA Tour Player of the Year.
But now, as the season dwindles to its final playoff events, Furyk is finally showing signs of life at just the right time.
After missing the cut in seven of the 24 tournaments he’s played in this year, Furyk has apparently found his — albeit unsightly — swing.
The 41-year old has two top-ten finishes in his last three tourneys. His sixth-place showing (three strokes off the winner) at last weekend’s Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., was his highest finish of the season and conveniently came in the second round of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Owner of 14-career PGA Tour wins, Furyk bottomed out this summer missing the cut in five of six tournaments between mid-May and the beginning of July, including making no cuts in the month of June. All told, he missed eight cuts this season.
He currently ranks 166th on the Tour this season in driving distance and 157th in par-4 performance.
Last year, Furyk claimed the FedEx Cup title with 252 points more than runner-up Matt Kuchar. This season, the ex-Wildcat is 35th overall in the chase, 3,468 points behind leader Webb Simpson.
And while 35th might sound bad, it actually leaves Furyk still competing in the four-tier playoff system. It also keeps his name in the running for a spot on the President’s Cup team.
Furyk will need a strong showing at the BMW Championship in Lemont, Ill., to break into the top 30 points leaders and advance to the Tour Championship (the season and playoff finale) at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club.
“Still need to improve, still need to get better, but it’s a step in the right direction, and I’ll try to go out tomorrow and fire another good number. It might have to be really good to think about winning.”
“But I’ve got a lot of other things on the line, as well, with the FedExCup Playoffs and trying to get close to that top 30, trying to make The Presidents Cup team. There are a lot of different things on my mind right now. I’m at a position, though, where I really — yesterday it felt like I had a lot to lose. If I missed the cut, I may not be in next week’s field (at BMW Championship). Everything I’m trying to accomplish probably gets washed away. Now I feel like I have a little bit of life left in me, and I have nothing to lose right now. Just go out and play as good as you can and see what you can make happen.”
And should Furyk’s season end at the BMW Championship, all is not lost. He’s still managed to pull in more than $1.3 million (52nd overall on Tour) in earnings this season and should eclipse $50 million in career winnings before the season concludes.