Furyk keen to make up for lost time

It would take a lot to make up for the disappointments of last year, but Jim Furyk started in the right manner with an opening 65 in the US PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

An unlikely co-leader.

What could have been a brilliant 2012 turned into something of a nightmare for Furyk, who lost in a four-man play-off at the Transitions Championship, failed to win the US Open after leading with three holes to play, double-bogeyed the 72nd hole to lose the Bridgestone Invitational and bogeyed the final two holes to lose his singles match to Sergio Garcia at the Ryder Cup.

Furyk then shared the lead going into the final round of the McGladrey Classic with Ryder Cup captain Davis Love, only to finish third as Tommy Gainey came from seven shots behind with a closing 60.

The chance to win a second US Open title nine years after his first arguably hurt the most, but Furyk knows he is not the only player to have missed such opportunities.

"I guess I look back to the '98 Masters; I bogeyed 15 and hit it in the water and lost by two," Furyk said after a round today containing six birdies and just one bogey, at his final hole, which prevented him equalling the course record of 64.

"In 1998 at Birkdale I was tied for the lead coming down the stretch and didn't hit one bad shot and lost by two because I didn't knock in a putt. US Open at Winged Foot, the US Open at Oakmont, the US Open at Olympic; there's always opportunities there.

"For all those events I just named, Freddie Couples is going to come up with the '98 Masters. I played with David Duval and he should have won by five that day (Both Couples and Duval finished one behind Mark O'Meara).

"Brian Watts probably feels he should have won at Birkdale in '98. There's a handful of guys that feel like they should have won a tournament, shoulda, coulda.

"Graeme McDowell was playing with me that day at Olympic (last year's US Open) and he could have won that golf tournament. I really thought it was going to come out of our group because we were both playing very well and we just didn't finish it off at the end of the day.

"It's disappointing, but this sport beats you up. If I played 25 events a year and I win one event a year for my entire career you would be a hell of a player, yet you're going to lose 24 times a year. You've got to take your lumps. You're going to have your good moments and your bad ones.

"I've always been very good at looking at the situation and figuring out how I could have made it better, never really feeling sorry for myself, but it gets me down for a while and a couple of days later you get over it and start working hard to figure out how you're going to get better and make it better the next time."


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