You might look at the stats. Jim Furyk searches within.
For form, that is. It’s a popular topic of conversation when a major approaches, especially with folks who love to try and predict who’ll win or be in contention. The only thing is, ask 10 players what “being on form” means and you might get nine different answers.
Zach Johnson thinks prognosticators shouldn’t get too carried away. “You’re going to see a name or two on the leaderboard early at Augusta, even into the weekend, and you’re going to say, ‘Why hasn’t his name been on the leaderboard as much?’ “
To Furyk, “it’s confidence,” not numbers.
“Statistics bother me, at times,” said Furyk. “If I’m standing at a tee box and I think I can put it in the fairway and I know I’m going to put it in the fairway, then I feel like I’m driving the ball well and I don’t care what the statistics say.
“If I hit eight out of 10 fairways, but I’m standing on the tee nervous about getting the ball in the fairway, I don’t care what the stats say then I don’t think I’m prepared.”
Which is to be off form.
Geoff Ogilvy echoes Furyk’s sentiments when it comes to stats. He knows there’s a place for them, but by and large the Aussie doesn’t pore over them. Instead, he trusts his feel and how he’s reacting on the course to various challenges.
In his case, five missed-cuts in seven starts would not have had you lobbying on his behalf into the Valero Texas Open. But Ogilvy felt differently and had faith in his game. That confidence was rewarded when the 36-year-old went 69-69 after an opening 74 at TPC San Antonio. A closing 73 in brutally tough conditions enabled Ogilvy to finish joint 11th, his best finish since being second at the 2013 Honda.
Entered into the field at this week’s Shell Houston Open, Ogilvy said, “It would be a surprise if I went out and won by eight. But it wouldn’t be surprise me if I contended, because I’m playing well enough.”