Friday, June 24, 2011

Furyk to battle through dip

Jim Furyk feels playing as many rounds as possible is the best way to recapture his form ahead of next month's Open Championship.

The 41-year-old goes in search of his second major title at Royal St George's, but he will need a big turnaround in fortunes if he is to feature towards the top of the leaderboard.

After winning the FedEx Cup on the US Tour last year, Furyk has struggled for form in 2011 and missed the cut at this month's US Open.

The American has claimed just two top-ten finishes this year and instead of taking a break and working on his swing on the practice ground, Furyk intends to play through the bad patch.

The 2003 US Open champion plans to play in three consecutive events, starting at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, in preparation for the third major of the year – which starts on July 14 and the British Open betting shows he needs to find some form.

Furyk revealed: "When we are not playing well, you have to keep playing. You can't go home and practice and get better.

"I haven't putted well this year, that's no secret, but to just blame it on my putting would be chickening out a little bit."

Furyk has slipped to 19th in the world rankings, after missing five cuts in 10 tournaments played to date – including three in his last four events.

The veteran has finished tied-fourth on three separate occasions at the Open, in 1997, 1998 and 2006, but missed the cut at St Andrew's last year.

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