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BETHESDA, MD. (AP) - Jim Furyk is ready to move on from a bitter finish at the U.S. Open.
Trouble is that no one will let him.
Furyk was tied for the lead at The Olympic Club two weeks ago when he came to the par-5 16th to find the tee had been moved forward 100 yards. He was expecting that, and it showed. His swing was quick. The shot was a duck hook into the trees. He made bogey, and couldn’t recover over the last two holes to catch Webb Simpson.
“I’ve had my share of close calls, and I have myself to blame,” he said Wednesday at the AT&T National. “Didn’t get the job done when I really needed to.”
This one stung for a number of reasons. It would have been his second U.S. Open and 17th career win on the PGA Tour, moving him clearly into the conversation for the World Golf Hall of Fame. He would have been a lock for the Ryder Cup team.
“I think for the first couple of days, it stings a little bit more and it’s tough to deal with personally,” Furyk said. “What I’ve always done is gone through in my mind about the things I think I could have improved on, and what I could have done better, and why exactly did I make the poor swing at 16 … and then try to figure out how you can improve upon it. I’ve always been kind of good at putting it behind me.”
But he is easily recognized, even out of his golf attire, and he has earned his share of fans over the years. Furyk realizes the comments are meant as support, but there have been comments about the U.S. Open, and any comment is a reminder.
The grocery store. The gas station. The restaurant.
“I’ve had hundreds upon hundreds of people just seeing me in public … `I was rooting for you, I was pulling for you,” Furyk said.
And then there was PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. Turns out he was at the dry cleaners the other way _ the same one Furyk visits _ when the employee was talking about Furyk and trying to figure out why he hooked a 3-wood into the trees.
Finchem tried to rally to Furyk’s defense by saying he didn’t intend to hit the shot, and the employee said he still shouldn’t have hit it that way.
“Yeah, no (kidding),” Furyk said. “I guess that’s why you shouldn’t break the buttons on my shirts. But it happens once in a while.”
Furyk attributes the mistake to not being prepared on the 16th tee, and to not be committed on the shot, causing the quick swing. While he hears from so many people, as a player, he has chalked it up to a tough lesson.
Time to move on. His next stop starts Thursday at Congressional, and while he’s trying to put the last major behind him, the course might remind him of another U.S. Open.
Congressional looks more like a U.S. Open course than the U.S. Open did last year.
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