September 16 2013
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- When Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker tee off in the final pairing of Monday's final round at the BMW Championship, it will be the first time in more than five years they've been paired at a PGA TOUR event.
Not since the first three rounds of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in 2008 have Furyk and Stricker played in the same group. That year, they also played together in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open.
They were paired in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, an off-season event that's not part of the official PGA TOUR schedule, in 2010 and 2011.
Furyk will take a one-shot lead over Stricker heading into their round, which was pushed back a day due to heavy rains that suspended play Sunday before they could tee off. A total of 11 twosomes were unable to start their rounds before play was halted in the afternoon. The round resumed Monday morning at 9 a.m. ET, with no further weather issues expected.
Furyk is looking to break a three-year drought on TOUR; he hasn't won since the 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola when he won the FedExCup. Stricker, who began playing a reduced schedule this year in order to spend more time with his family, last won in 2012 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Both players are currently projected to move inside the top five in FedExCup points, which would allow each one to win the FedExCup with a win next week at East Lake.
"I won't pay attention to that part so much as trying to win the tournament," Stricker said.
Furyk is taking the same approach.
"It would be nice, obviously, but that's kind of putting the cart before the horse," he said.
The twosome tee off at 10:40 a.m. ET (9:40 a.m. local).