Veteran Furyk still has the drive to do well

Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:50pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - While Tiger Woods wrestles with back issues and sharply declining form and Vijay Singh has battled assorted health problems in recent years, veteran Jim Furyk is playing some of the best golf of his career.

At the age of 44 and despite a few "dings, nicks and bruises along the way," American Furyk is still one of the most consistent players around as he continues his quest to add further PGA Tour titles to his impressive tally of 16.

Criticized by some pundits early on in his career for his highly unorthodox and loopy swing, Furyk's game has stood the test of time and he maintains a high level of fitness while many of his peers have succumbed to injury and dips in form.

"So far, I've been fortunate but we all know in this sport that it can be short-lived," Furyk told Reuters while competing in last week's Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club where he tied for 14th.

"If something happens to the back or whatever it may be, it's a tricky slope. I'm just thankful for the very healthy years that I've had and I do the best to get as many more as I can.

"Workouts are something that I enjoy. I feel better, I am stronger, I am more fit. As I get older, I realize that I am more prone to injury and I am trying to not reverse the effects but at least kind of keep them sidelined for a while."


Jim Furyk tees off on the 16th during the first round at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports