PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Jim Furyk has had a chance to win the last two weeks - both times from the locker room.
Last week at Quail Hollow, Furyk closed with a 65 and had cameras on him in the locker room as he watched J.B. Holmes knock in a 3-foot bogey putt for a one-shot victory. Sunday at The Players Championship, Furyk was televised again from the locker room as Martin Kaymer made a 30-foot par putt on the 17th hole and got up-and-down with his putter from short of the 18th green to win by one shot.
Furyk has few regrets. His 66 was the second-best score of the final round. He could just do without the attention.
“I think it (stinks) to have a TV in your face, really,” he said. “I’ll be honest with you. Every time you scratch your nose it’s on television. But I understand it’s part of the deal. You’re looking for a reaction when you know you’re not going to get one, considering a guy knows that there’s three cameras pointed at him. So it seems a little pointless to me, but I understand.”
Furyk also understands that it’s not the worst thing in golf. It means he still had a chance. And he figures it’s better to finish second with a great final round than to shoot something like even par and have another player pass him.
The money isn’t bad, either.
NO MOVE AT THE TOP: Tiger Woods stays at No. 1 for at least another week.
Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson and Matt Kuchar all fell well short of what they needed to move to No. 1 in the world. Kuchar (71) was the only one of the four to break par in the final round.
Scott is not playing next week and still is likely to move past Woods and reach No. 1 for the first time in his career. Stenson is not playing next week. Kuchar is playing the Byron Nelson Championship, though the strength-of-field is not likely to allow him enough points even if he were to win.
WALKER RALLIES: Jimmy Walker hates playing poorly, and he wasn’t at his best on Thursday at Sawgrass. He made consecutive double bogeys and opened with a 75, and then headed straight to the range to let off some swing. Walker swung about as hard as he could with his driver.
“My caddie said, ‘Is this productive?’” Walker said earlier in the week with a laugh.
Apparently it was.