No pain for Furyk after yet another runner-up spot

Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:24pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Jim Furyk has not tasted victory on the PGA Tour for four frustrating years but he had very little to complain about after recording his fourth runner-up spot of the season at the Tour Championship on Sunday.

The veteran American went into the final round at East Lake Golf Club two strokes off the pace and twice moved into a tie for the lead before finishing in a share of second place with world number one Rory McIlroy.

A poor swing with his approach at the par-four 17th led to the second of his three bogeys on the day and it was the one that really stung.

"I got trapped in between clubs a little bit on 17," Furyk told reporters after firing a one-under-par 69 in the season-ending event to post an eight-under total of 272, finishing three strokes off the pace.

"A six-iron was a little too much. I don't think seven-iron was enough.

"I was kind of trying to force the seven and got trapped in behind me a little bit, so not a very good swing. I was disappointed in that, but the rest of the day played really well."

Furyk made a sizzling to start to the final round, birdies on the second and third holes lifting him briefly into a three-way tie at the top with Northern Irishman McIlroy and eventual winner Billy Horschel.

He later regained a share of the lead after very nearly holing out with a delicate chip from greenside rough for eagle at the par-five 15th.   Continued...