Matter of mind over magic for Jim Furyk
Muted performance on Saturday after his 59 was a case of dwelling on achievement
He chased a third-round 64 at the Canadian Open with a closing 71.
“Seems like it’s difficult to follow up any kind of low round,” Kuchar said. “I’ve never quite understood why, exactly.” He added, “There shouldn’t be a reason why a guy playing good golf shouldn’t keep playing good golf.”
Furyk did his best to focus on the round, and the shot, at hand, but it was difficult with fans shouting, “Hey, Mr 59.” The front nine, he said, “kind of felt like a victory lap. People kept cheering for me all the way around,” Furyk said. “It took me a few holes to really get in the flow out there and feel good.”
The challenge of posting back-to-back low scores, he said, “seems to be a mental battle more than a physical.”
The “mental game,” as Furyk described it, is not unlike what a player experiences when trying to close out a victory.
“I’ll play my best if I’m focused on the task at hand, not on the results,” he said.
Furyk, who is winless in the last five tournaments in which he has had a 54-hole lead, will need to be focused to hold off a group of contenders that includes Stricker, a three-time runner-up this year who carded a 64; Snedeker, the reigning FedEx Cup champion, who was two strokes back after a 71; and Tiger Woods, who posted a 66 and was four shots back.
Woods, a five-time winner this year, would be within two strokes of the lead if not for the penalty he was assessed after the second round for moving a loose impediment near his ball behind the first green, causing the ball to move.
It is a one-stroke infraction, but because Woods did not replace the ball, he was penalised two strokes.
“It’s one of those things where I thought the ball oscillated, and I thought that was that,” Woods said. “I played the shot, played the round, and then they replayed it and gave me two.”
He added, “I was pretty hot because I felt like, as I said, nothing happened.”
Woods put the penalty behind him and concentrated on the next round, the next shot, as Furyk also tried to do Saturday. “Following a 59 is a breeze, man,” Furyk joked.
“How upset are you going to get today?”
New York Times