Sense of playoff deja vu for Furyk at East Lake

Sat Sep 13, 2014 8:04pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Jim Furyk will go into Sunday's final round at the Tour Championship where FedExCup honours and a $10 million bonus are also on the line with a sense of deja vu after clinching both titles in 2010.

Four years ago, American Furyk went into the fourth and final playoff event ranked 11th in the FedExCup standings while this year he was seeded seventh coming into East Lake.

Both then and now, he has kept his strategy simple, and blinkered himself from all the various scenarios that could lead to the overall playoff title.

"I did well in 2010, because I really kind of kept my head down and didn't look at the projections and the leaderboard," Furyk, 44, told reporters after moving into third place by shooting a three-under-par 67 in Saturday's third round.

"I was just trying to win the golf tournament and let everything else fall as it may, and tomorrow I'm just going to go out there and do the same things.

"I'm more interested in trying to win the golf tournament. I'll be thinking about my mind frame and physically what I need to do tomorrow in order to put myself in that position."

In 2010, Furyk led by one shot going into the final round and held his nerve over a shaky closing stretch at a rain-sodden East Lake to triumph by a stroke, landing FedExCup honours and the $10 million jackpot in the process.


Sep 13, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jim Furyk tees off on the third hole during the third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports