Furyk's improvement in 2012 continues

BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2012 PGA Tour Championship | Round Two | 22 Sep 2012

A former winner and twice runner-up at East Lake Golf Club, Jim Furyk has the lead at the Tour Championship after his second round of 64 swept him to a one shot lead over Justin Rose and two over Bo Van Pelt and Bubba Watson.

Furyk who has improved to 28th in the world ranking this year after starting the season in 54th position has put together several good finishes in 2012 incliuding when runner-up at the Bridgestone WGC event and when 4th at the US Open after leading ninto the final three holes. Given his record at East Lake his effort is perhaps not the surprise it appears on paper.

“It was obviously a fun day, said Furyk. "To be able to write three on your card nine times in the first 11 holes was a lot of fun. I struggled to kind of keep that momentum going the last six holes, but I feel like I played a real solid round of golf.

“What I was disappointed in yesterday and what I took away and what I went and practiced a little bit after the round was my driving. I just didn’t hit enough fairways yesterday. I felt like my iron game was pretty sharp. But I was playing from the rough too much and scrambling a couple times too many.

“So I wanted to get the ball in play. I did a good job of doing that today, and I set myself up a lot better for the iron shots, and my iron game was as good as it’s been all year on the front nine. They said I averaged 12 feet from the hole for the entire front nine, and five of those birdies came from probably within six feet.”

Furyk was quck to respond to a question regarding his inclusion in the Ryder Cup side as a wildcard selection and whether he felt this form would justify his selection.

“Really the opinions that matter to me are those of my captain and those of my teammates. And there were eight guys that had a voice in saying who they got to pick. I think they had a choice. There were four of us chosen. There were six, seven, eight really good choices. I’m humbled and honored that they chose‑‑ that those eight individuals and the assistants and Davis chose me.

“As far as having to prove myself I’m not exactly sure who all of those that you mentioned are because I really don’t read much about golf. I’ve always felt that you’re either going to say something really nice about me and I probably don’t want to read that. Or they’re going to say something bad about me and I definitely don’t want to read about that. So I don’t pay that much attention.

“But look at the way I play golf. The way I swing the golf club and grip the putter. Look at the way I go about my business. I don’t hit the ball very far. I’m short. If I really cared what the critics thought the last 19 years, I really wouldn’t be here, if that makes sense.

“So as far as justifying myself, I’m going to play well. I’m going to play bad. Whatever it may be at the Ryder Cup, my teammates know that I’m going to give 110%. They know I have a lot of heart. I have a lot of grit, and that’s what I’m going to do. But I’ve never felt like I have to justify myself. I’ve got 19 years behind me and a pretty good track record.

“Whether that’s from a playing perspective or the time I give you all in the media room or the time interview‑wise, I feel like everybody by now should know where I stand.” Case closed.

Furyk also moved to second position in the projected FedEx Cup points standings while Rory McIlory retains his position at the top of that same points table with a round of 68 and shares 7th position in this week’s event.

Tiger Woods double bogeyed the 8th hole then produced a final nine of 38 to complete a round of 73 and at 1 under he is 6 shots from the lead. Woods is in third position in the FedEx Cup points table.

John Senden is at even par and in 16th position after his round of 68 while Adam Scott went the other way with a round of 73 to be at 1 over and is in 22nd position, although only eight shots from the lead.

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