December 15 2013
With the PGA TOUR set to resume its 2013-14 season the first week of January, PGATOUR.COM is previewing the top 30 players to watch heading into the new year. We'll count down one a day in December until we unveil our No. 1 player to watch on Dec. 30, the Monday of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Check out this preview of No. 16 Jim Furyk and join the discussion below on how you think he'll perform in 2014. Click here for more on the top 30 players to watch in 2014.
NO. 16 PLAYER TO WATCH: JIM FURYK
2014 OUTLOOK: From 1998 through 2007, Jim Furyk won at least once every season except one. As he enters his 21st season on the PGA TOUR, the 43-year-old has had just one season of wins in his last five -- in 2010, he had three victories. Not that he hasn’t had his chances. Furyk finished second at the PGA Championship and had a half-dozen other top 10s last season. The year before, he had a pair of painful runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open and the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. He also played well at the end of 2013 with three finishes in the top six in his last five starts. -- Brian Wacker
THUS FAR THIS SEASON: Furyk has yet to make a start in the 2013-14 season.
All we want is for him to batter on doors. That he hasn't won since 2010 reminds the conservative among us never to count on a victory. That approach elevates his value even more. So consistent and always hungry. That's a potent combo. -- Rob Bolton
|ON THE MARK
Jim's approach to his game has always garnered my utmost respect. Never has he fallen prey to the hype or conversation about his "unorthodox" swing and to me that is his biggest and best attribute -- he is mentally bullet-proof. Jim is the consummate competitor but if he has a shortcoming it is that he is not as long off the tee as his competition and that makes scoring tougher. -- Mark Immelman
Furyk is very good at controlling his golf ball. That’s why he performs so well at major championships. He sets his schedule going to classic golf courses that have little traffic congestion on the way to the tournament. That sounds like the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. -- Fred Albers
|INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Furyk enjoyed one of his best seasons on TOUR with his irons. He led the TOUR in proximity to the hole at 31 feet, 3 inches -- his best mark since 2002 -- while also ranking 14th in greens hit at 68.30 percent, which was his best mark since 2007. If anything held Furyk back it was putting, where he ranked 77th in strokes gained at .092. -- Bill Cooney