Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Furyk hangs on by the skin of his teeth

Former US Open winner Jim Furyk narrowly avoided falling outside the world’s top 50 players at the end of this season, as the American finished the year number 50 in the standings, meaning he will automatically qualify for the US Masters at Augusta in April.

The 41-year old was voted the PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2010, in which he also won the FedEx Cup. However, the last 12 months have not been the best of his career, with no tournament wins of any sort for the first time since 1994. People looking at the best US Open golf betting odds will be wondering what has happened to him.

The 2003 US Open winner is usually in contention for majors but could no better than a tie for 24th place in the Masters back in April.

Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa is the unfortunate player to just miss out on a top 50 spot. He will now have to try and qualify for the opening major of the year via one of the alternative routes.

One big name that may not be at Augusta this year could be Ernie Else. The South African has slipped to number 56 in the rankings and has not missed the Masters tournament since 1993.

The three-time major winner has yet to win the green jacket, although he has come second twice in the prestigious tournament in 1994 and 1997.

Retif Goosen is another South African who has found himself outside the elusive top 50 players in the world. The 42-year old is a two-time US Open winner, and like his compatriot Els, has finished second twice at Augusta so is danger of missing the event this time around.

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