Jim Furyk has been knocking on a tournament victory all 2012 season, but that drought is over as the current US Open leader will be taking home his first at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
So far in 2012, Furyk has 11 top-25 finishes through 12 tournaments played, with three top-10s and one second-place outcome.
The early-to-mid 2000s were the Pennsylvania-born golfer's best years at the Open, as he won the tournament back in 2003 and finished second in '06 and '07. With the golf performance Furyk has been putting on so far in 2012, he's ready to return to his former glory at this tournament.
After a strong start to this year's Open, Tiger Woods has fallen out of the top eight. Now, Graeme McDowell looks to be the major threat to Furyk's chances. Both players are currently tied for the lead at one-under.
While notables such as Ernie Els and Lee Westwood find themselves just three strokes behind, Furyk has been the most consistent so far on the green.
Els opened the tournament with a plus-five while Westwood and McDowell have both posted plus-two and plus-three scores in the last two rounds.
Furyk is the only name in the current top five to not have a positive finish to a round on his scorecard, with two even rounds and a one-under par through three rounds. He doesn't have an eyebrow-raising plus-five to his name nor does he have a nice two-under or three-under finish in any of the rounds.
But consistency wins tournaments.
While his numbers might not be the most intriguing to look at, he looks the most in-tune out of anybody in the field so far. But Furyk isn't focusing on anyone or anything other than the course right now, telling ESPN's Bob Harig:
I probably won't try to look at the leaderboard too much. I'll get a feel for how things are going score-wise, but it will be more about trying to play the golf course tomorrow rather than trying to play Graeme or trying to play the guys trying to hunt us down.
Woods, Els and McDowell have been providing the putts and shots for the highlight reels, but the 42-year-old golfer from West Chester has the consistency and skill to ride his No. 1 spot until the end of the tournament.
He's not the most exciting or the biggest name in the Open field this year. What Furyk is, however, is a former winner and two-time runner-up at this event, who is looking as calculated and hungry as anyone teeing it up in San Francisco.
With his biggest threats to the trophy posting up-and-down scores while the 40-something Furyk continues to post par and under-par scores through the rounds, by tournament's end, Furyk will be taking home his second US Open title.
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