News & ToursApril 5, 2011

Furyk makes odd equipment change at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Adjustments in equipment are nothing new in golf, even on the week of a major championship. Jim Furyk on Tuesday decided that he needed to make a switch in preparation for the Masters.

Furyk figured he needed to change to metal spikes. But only in one shoe, his right one.

Footwork is a crucial element in Furyk's unorthodox golf swing, and on Monday on the range at Augusta National GC, he found his right foot slipping on the lush grass. And with a forecast for hot and dry weather, the turf is only going to get more slick.

"I've done it before. Royal Liverpool (in the 2006 British Open) was one place where it got really dry and slippery," Furyk, a former U.S. Open champion, said. "What can I say? I'm a little goofy, I guess."

Actually, it sounds smart, adjusting to conditions. That's how to win tournaments. Furyk won three last year, and captured the FedExCup title. But he was wearing soft spikes on both shoes then.

-- Dave Shedloski

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