June 17 2012
Both have won U.S. Opens, both are tied for the lead entering the final round at The Olympic Club. Here’s a closer look at Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk:
-- McDowell has had one previous lead heading into the final round on the PGA TOUR, leading the 2011 PLAYERS Championship before a disastrous 7-over 79 in the final round to tumble to 33rd.
-- McDowell has never missed a cut in seven starts at the U.S. Open, with top-20 finishes in his previous three starts -- a tie for 18th in 2009, his win at Pebble Beach in 2010 and a tie for 14th last year.
-- McDowell entered the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open trailing Dustin Johnson by three strokes before a final-round 74 led to his one-stroke win over Gregory Havret.
-- McDowell’s week at a glance: 32 of 54 greens in regulation, 3 of 7 on sand saves, 28 of 42 fairways in regulation, 82 putts.
-- Momentum apparently means nothing. McDowell missed the cut in his last two starts on TOUR prior to this week.
-- Furyk’s even-par 70 on Saturday was his 26 th round at par-or-better in 67 career rounds at the U.S. Open.
-- Furyk’s week at a glance: 37 of 54 greens in regulation, 6 of 7 on sand saves, 20 of 42 fairways in regulation, 90 putts.
-- Furyk hopes history repeats itself this week. He has just two missed cuts in 18 U.S. Open starts. He followed up a missed cut in 2002 with a win in 2003. His only other miss came at last year’s U.S. Open.
-- Furyk has made 12 cuts in 13 starts on TOUR in 2012, with a runner-up finish at the Transitions Championship the best of his three top-10 finishes.
-- In his last 17 events entering the final round with at least a share of the lead, Furyk has won 10 times and has never finished worse than second.