It’s loopier than Lombard Street and as unpredictable as the weather at the Lake Course of San Francisco’s Olympic Club, home of this year’s U.S. Open golf tournament.
We’re talking about Jim Furyk’s golf swing, correct?
Well…yes, that analogy is apt.
But for once we’re not talking about the dips, flips, angles and swoops of the University of Arizona alum’s legendary bumpy swing.
We’re talking about the path Furyk’s career has taken the last three years — which was thrust into the national spotlight on Sunday when the 42 year old blew a late lead and an opportunity to win his second U.S. Open (2003).
Furyk limped to the finish after badly shanking a shot on 16 and, just like that, the tough Northern California course swallowed the lead he’d held since Friday.
Webb Simpson finished strong and Furyk, known in many golf circles as “T4,” finished, well, tied for fourth —courtesy of a +4 for the day and three over for the weekend.
For Furyk, this year’s U.S. Open could be considered a microcosm of his last three seasons.
The latest formula seems to be: reach the pinnacle of the sport, only to fall off the proverbial cliff like a lemming in wingtip golf shoes.