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Jim Furyk had some disappointing moments in 2012
Jim Furyk had a great season in 2012, but it could have been a whole lot better.
He had two runner-ups, eight top 10's, 14 top 25's, made $3.6 million and finished No. 17 in the FedEx Cup. That is a very strong year for anyone, especially a 42-year-old professional golfer.
One of his biggest disappointments came in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club. He had ground out a lead after 54 holes and was trying to get his second U.S. Open trophy.
Olympic Club was playing brutally difficult. Par was the all-important number.
His first three rounds of 70-69-70 had him at one-under par and playing in the last group with Graeme McDowell on Sunday. Furyk did not have his A-game in the last round, but he continued to fight and claw his way around the golf course.
A snipe-hook off No. 16 tee resulted in a bogey on the only birdie possibility on the back nine. Another bogey at No. 18 moved him to a four-over par 74 for the final round, and he finished three shots behind the winner, Webb Simpson.
It was very uncharacteristic to see Furyk hit such a wayward shot on No. 16, and it showed the tremendous pressure that is on even the most seasoned players in a major championship.
Furyk also lost in a four-man playoff at the Transitions Championship in March to finish T-2.
He was a captain's pick for the 2012 Ryder Cup team and only collected one point in three matches for Davis Love. He had a grueling singles match with Sergio Garcia, but in the end, lost 1-up to the European.
Jim Furyk had a very good year in 2012, but if you asked him, I'll bet he will say he was just a little disappointed with some of it.