Furyk remains winless since 2010 East Lake triumph
Former FedExCup champion completes season with four runner-up showings
September 14, 2014
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Jim Furyk was tied for the lead on three separate occasions Sunday. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA -- Jim Furyk heard the roar. How could he not? He was standing in the 17th fairway at East Lake as Billy Horschel drained that crucial 31-footer at the 16th hole.
Furyk also heard someone in the crowd say "ice water," as in ice water in his veins. So he was fairly certain Horschel's putt was for a par that would keep him one stroke ahead as the final round of the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola wound down.
But Furyk wasn't rattled. That wasn't why his approach at the 17th hole came up short and ended up contributing to the ill-timed bogey. He just put the wrong swing on what was probably the wrong club at the wrong time.
"Fluff (Furyk's caddie, Mike Cowan) told me he had birdied 15 and we were one down when we were walking up 17," Furyk recalled. "So I had a good idea where we were at.
"I got trapped in between clubs a little bit on 17. 6-iron was a little too much. I don't think 7-iron was enough. I was kind of trying to force the 7 and got trapped in behind me a little bit. So not a very good swing.
"Actually where it came down it probably ... wasn't the right club either. So disappointed in that, but the rest of the day played really well."
Furyk also ended up making bogey on the 18th hole which gave Horschel the three-shot victory. But Furyk, who got off to a hot start with birdies at Nos. 2 and 3, actually was tied with the eventual champion three times on Sunday and had a legitimate chance to win what would have been his second FedExCup.
Furyk, who started the final round two strokes behind co-leaders Horschel and Rory McIlroy, needed to win the TOUR Championship to have any chance. And as the dominoes began to fall on the back nine Sunday, he would have needed Horschel to finish tied for second or worse.
It wasn't to be, though, and Furyk had to settle for his fourth runner-up finish of the season -- and his second in his last seven starts. Interestingly, Furyk's last PGA TOUR victory had come at the TOUR Championship in 2010 when he also won the FedExCup.
"I think Canada probably was the worst because I was in control of the tournament," Furyk said as he thought about the close calls. "Starting Sunday I was in control of the tournament all day and got chased down at the end.
"The other three seconds, you know, were good efforts. 65, 66 on Sunday at Wells Fargo and the PLAYERS. This one, Billy was out ahead. I was trying to chase him down all day. I just couldn't make enough birdies."