February 21 2013
MARANA, Ariz. -- Jim Furyk won four straight holes, including three with birdies, on the way to a 4-and-2 victory over Ryan Moore.
The match was all square when the two returned to Dove Mountain on Thursday to hit their second shots on the seventh hole. Moore had split the fairway while Furyk hit what he called an "ugly little low hook" into the rough when the siren blew.
"So I knew that's what would be waiting on me this morning," Furyk said. "My goal was to go out and if I could somehow manage a halve on 7, it would feel like a victory. ... I hacked it out, knocked a wedge up there from about 106 and knocked it to about four feet and made it for par, and it gave me a boost of confidence."
Then Furyk started the birdie barrage. He made a 6-footer at the par-5 eighth hole, then won No. 9 with a par and made birdie putts of 14 and 7 feet on the next two holes to take a 4-up advantage. He bogeyed the 12th hole but answered with two more winning birdies and it was only a matter of time.
"So really get being off to a really good start this morning with the halve on 7 and then winning four holes was a big jump for me," Furyk said.
He now faces Bubba Watson, who beat Chris Wood 2 and 1, in the second round.
"Bubba is a very talented player, obviously a lot of power versus me who doesn't, so we have a little bit different styles of game, but he's able to maneuver the ball a lot, hit a lot of creative shots and is very good around the greens,: Furyk said.
"The one thing I look at is he's had a lot of success on this golf course in the past and played well, and I expect a very, very difficult match, and I'll have to play well to win."