August 11 2013
Jim Furyk (right, with his caddy, Mike Cowan) has won 16 times on the PGA TOUR.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Should Jim Furyk go on to win the 95th PGA Championship, he would have gone 10 years between his first and second major titles.
That would put Furyk third all-time in that category behind Julius Boros (1952 U.S. Open – 1963 U.S. Open) and Ben Crenshaw (1984 Masters – 1995 Masters). His first major title came at the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields.
He's also bidding to end a PGA TOUR victory drought of nearly three years, dating back to the 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Furyk's third win in a season when he won both the FedExCup and Player of the Year.
The 43-year-old is also bidding to become the second consecutive player in his 40s to win a major, joining Phil Mickelson, who was also 43 when he won The Open Championship last month.
The last time 40something players won back-to-back majors was in 1986 when Jack Nicklaus won the Masters at age 46 and Ray Floyd won the U.S. Open at age 43.