By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. --
Depending on perspective, Jim Furyk has either had a very good
season or a very disappointing one. Furyk is as hard on himself as
anyone, so he would likely choose the latter. Furyk entered the
final round of The McGladrey Classic tied for the lead with Davis
Love III, and carded a respectable final-round 69 to finish third.
He was one shot back, needing a birdie on one of the final three
holes to catch eventual champion Tommy Gainey. Furyk made par on
the 16th, saved par from 13 feet on 17 and pushed his approach
right from the middle of the fairway on No. 18, leading to a bogey.
"You know, I'm disappointed," said Furyk, who has lost a number of
leads this season. "I did battle. I think at times it's probably a
little harder, you see the first guy to post, it's harder to chase
that score when it's already in when we're on the sixth hole."
Furyk finished second at the Transitions Championship, lost the
U.S. Open after being tied for the lead after 69 holes,
double-bogeyed the 72nd hole to lose the Bridgestone Invitational
to Keegan Bradley, and bogeyed his final two holes to lose his
singles match at the Ryder Cup to Sergio Garcia. Regardless, Furyk
is working on an impressive season. He's had eight top 10s, and has
a lower scoring average (69.3 to 69.8) than he had during his
remarkable 2010 season.