Flatstick frustrates fuming Furyk
HAVEN, Wis. -- It wouldn't be surprising to see Jim Furyk, one of the few members of the older guard in contention at the PGA Championship, to make a run at the top Sunday at Whistling Straits. And he might just do it with the club that is holding him back so far -- his putter.
Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open Champion, spent more than an hour on the practice putting green after shooting a two-under-par 70 Saturday that put him at eight-under 208, five behind leader Nick Watney. He also adjusted the toe weight on his Scotty Cameron putter, taking five grams off the toe to make the weight balance on the face neutral.
Furyk needed 32 putts Saturday, including three on the final green. He missed reasonable birdie chances on the three previous holes and the frustration was clearly building. After pushing an eight-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th, he stood on the back of the green, tilted his head back and closed his eyes. He then marched to the par-3 17th tee, snatched a bottle of water out of a giant Igloo cooler, and slammed the lid down so hard that the sound reverberated to Green Bay.
"On the back nine I missed so many opportunities. I just couldn't be more upset with myself right now," said Furyk, who stands T-7. "You only get so many chances to win a major championship, and I've just given so many shots to the field. I just haven't been putting the ball in the hole, and it's very frustrating because I am hitting it pretty well right now."
In the final round, Furyk tees off at 12:59 (CDT) with Jason Dufner.
-- Dave Shedloski