'Worn down' Furyk stays consistent during busy run
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Playing consistently good tournament golf has allowed "worn down" Jim Furyk to cut back on his practice time in a bid to conserve mental energy during the most hectic stretch of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season.
In Thursday's opening round of the Tour Championship finale at East Lake Golf Club, Furyk will tee off in his eighth event in a dizzy nine-week run on the U.S. circuit and readily admits that he is feeling a little fatigued.
"I did take a month off before coming into this stretch," the 44-year-old American told reporters on Wednesday while preparing for the fourth and final FedExCup playoff event. "But I'm definitely a little tired. I'm a little worn down.
"I have been playing well, and because of that I've limited the amount of practice, I've limited the amount of practice rounds, played a lot of nine holes ... not for physical fatigue but more mental.
"You spend so much time with the game you get tired, worn down, and you make silly mistakes. I've been trying to keep those at a minimum and just play," said Furyk, who is seventh in the FedExCup standings heading into this week's 29-man event.
Asked if he had suffered from any mental lapses out on the course due to fatigue in recent weeks, Furyk replied: "It's more the 'being away from home'. I've been on the road now eight out of nine weeks.
"I haven't seen my bed very often. I went home for two days after Denver (venue for last week's BMW Championship) just to kind of get away a little bit so I could come today (to East Lake) and prepare."