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Monday, September 11, 2006

Jim Furyk: Meet the World #2

Jim Furyk has quietly put together an unbelievable year. How many of you would have guessed that his victory yesterday would vault him to #2 in the World Rankings?

Early in the season, it looked as though Phil and Tiger would be the only ones to hold onto the top two spots (and at one time Tiger's grip on #1 looked in danger of being taken away by Mickelson). Yet, the unlikely Furyk has risen to the occasion and put himself in position to win virtually every tournament he enters.

Check out his finishes (most recent first) going all the way back to The Players Championship: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 29th, 2nd, 4th, T-4th, T-2nd, T-18th, T-17th, MC, 1st, 2nd, T-22, and 3rd.

He's on a serious tear. He also only plays in the top-tier events. A couple of good bounces here or there (and a few more drained putts at the U.S. Open), and he'd have been #2 earlier. It's not likely that he'll catch Tiger anytime soon (or ever), but it does look like he backdoored his way into the Big Five -- a membership that no one other than he and Tiger seem to want very much.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other than Tiger winning 5 tourneys (2 of those for Majors) in a row, The Fury known as Furyk might very well be the best player on Tour right now. Just look at his numbers: 21 events, 18 cuts made, 11 top 10s w/ 2 wins, and a scoring average of 69.7 over 76 rnds of golf!! Not too mention that he only broke into the top 5 in World Rankings in May '06 moving to the World's #2 come the first week in Sept. He's been a work horse in fantasy golf this year . . .

Jack

2:01 PM  
Blogger John Gorman said...

I have to say I've made a few points off him in fantasy as well. I sure wish I had access to the internet last week so I could get my lineup in. I would have pick ol' Jimmy for sure!

10:52 PM  
Blogger JTALIFER said...

I am proud of JIm! I think he likes being under the radar. He knows his game and he knows his limitations. Has he ever been in the last group with Tiger? I can't remember. I honestly dont think he is in Tiger's league, but you never know. I just wish for one week, Jim would play without a hat. That bald head is SWEET!!!

9:19 AM  

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