PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) - The pose was a familiar one for Jim Furyk _ buckled over as if he’d taken a punch in the gut, barely able to watch the flight of the ball.
The ending felt achingly similar, too.
Denied in another major championship.
Dufner seized control just before the turn. His playing partner in the final group never punched back, the agony apparent in his mannerisms as all hope slipped away on the last two holes.
“I wish I could’ve put some heat on him,” Furyk said. “I wish I had made him work harder those last two holes.”
Even with a bogey-bogey finish, Dufner redeemed himself for throwing away a four-stroke lead at the 2011 PGA in Atlanta, where he lost to Keegan Bradley in a playoff.
Furyk felt the sting of another close call on the Grand Slam stage.
This was the second time in a little over a year that he has had a second major title in his grasp. Last summer at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, he bogeyed two of the last three holes and finished two strokes behind Webb Simpson.
“I’ve had some chances to close it out, and I wasn’t able to get it done,” Furyk said. “But I guess it’s days like this that will make the next one sweeter.”
At least he’s got a major championship on his resume, though it’s been 10 long years since his victory in the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields.
At 43, Furyk still feels as if he has the game to win another.
“I don’t look at it as if I lost the golf tournament,” he said. “I look at it as I got beat by somebody who played better than me.”
Certainly, Furyk has plenty of experience dealing with disappointment.
There was the 1998 Masters, where he dumped one in the water on the 15th hole and lost to Mark O’Meara by two strokes. That same year at Royal Birkdale, it was the same result in the British Open _ O’Meara the winner, Furyk two shots behind. While the 2006 U.S. Open is remembered for Phil Mickelson’s epic meltdown on the 72nd hole, Furyk also wound up a shot behind winner Geoff Ogilvy after missing a 5-footer to save par on No. 18. The next year at Oakmont, Furyk was one shot shy again to Angel Cabrera, needing a birdie on the final hole to force a playoff but only managing par.