Jim Furyk shot two long birdie putts last Thursday at the Transitions Championship, giving him a 10-foot par save at his final hole.His performance gave Furyk his first lead since his last PGA Tour victory which was 20 months ago. Furyk believes his current lead is something he can try to build on, while Stephen Ames follows him a step behind.
So far, competitors have felt that the conditions are quite tough this time. In fact, Kenny Perry felt quite worn out from the game that day.
The 17-year old Japanese player, Ryo Ishikawa was not able to achieve much during the match. It was his second U.S. PGA Tour, and although he birdied his two holes, he never really got anything lower, so he landed with a 69. However, it was a much better state compared to his performance at the Northern Trust Open where he missed the cut.
Furyk had previously taken a couple of weeks break at the start of the year, having failed to win a single event last season. He revealed that he was feeling a tad bit nervous about being rusty, but found out that he still had his swing in him.
With any luck, Furyk’s improving putter should be able to bring him a victory instead of just giving him a good performance.