Furyk returns from a long winter’s nap

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“The schedule he wrote out might be the one we play,” Furyk said.

Furyk said that will include a full month off between the U.S. Open and the British Open, a first for him. He plans to take the family to the mountains in Utah. That means missing the AT&T National at Congressional, a course he loves. But these are the hard decisions he finally learned to make.

“That’s going to hurt missing Congressional,” he said. “I’ve never missed a tournament that I loved. I’ve missed some that I like, but not one that I loved.”

It starts Thursday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, a tournament slow to develop. The 156-player field includes 156 amateurs over three days at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and the Shore Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

Brandt Snedeker is the defending champion. In some respects, Graeme McDowell feels like one.

McDowell also is making his 2014 debut, though he played the HSBC Champions and finished third and then played deep into the season on the European Tour. McDowell hasn’t been to Pebble Beach since he won the 2010 U.S. Open.

He figured it was pointless to return because it would be impossible to top what he achieved the last time he was here. Consider this the epilogue. McDowell is playing this week with his father.

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