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Now, another runner-up finish.

“On one hand, yeah, I’m disappointed,” Furyk said. “But I’m kind of re-energized right now. I’m playing well and enjoy playing golf.”

Certainly, this one was easier to take than what happened at Olympic.

“I felt like I lost that tournament,” Furyk said. “I felt like it was my tournament to win, and I wasn’t able to do it.

“Today,” he went on, “I feel like I got beat. I didn’t beat myself, I don’t think.”

That said, there were some shots Furyk would like to have back.

Down a stroke heading to the ninth hole, he knocked his drive in the middle of the fairway but got caught between clubs, didn’t make a good swing with the 6-iron, and left his ball short and right of the green, in a patch of thick rough. Dufner deftly got up-and-down for a par. Furyk, who thought he might pick up a shot, would up with a bogey and instead lost more ground.

He never got any closer.

While Dufner struggled with his putter, which kept him from extending his lead, Furyk wasted birdie chances at the 13th and 14th. He had wedges to the green but couldn’t get it close enough to make the putts. Then, when he absolutely had to have a birdie in the last two holes, he wound up with a pair of bogeys, his chances essentially snuffed out when he needed two swings to escape the rough alongside the 17th green.

Furyk wound up shooting 1-over 71 _ his worst round of the week after three straight in the 60s. He finished at 8-under 272, remaining two shots behind Dufner all the way to the end.

“I could have put some serious heat on him,” Furyk said. “I wasn’t able to do so. I could never close that two-shot gap.”


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