Furyk talks Tiger, Augusta and snapping his streak
PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Jim Furyk’s victory at the Transitions Championship wasn’t just a win for one of the game’s most consistent players, but one of its good guys.
Furyk’s 22-minute press conference was entertaining, and at one point he even caught himself doing something that PGA Tour players rarely do: talking TOO much.
“I’m rambling," Furyk said while describing his final round. "... I can’t tell you how happy I am."
Some other highlights:
• On his victory being overshadowed by Tiger Woods’ interviews: “Tomorrow the paper is going to read that I won the golf tournament, and I don’t really care if it’s a three-page spread or a little blurb in the corner of the paper because the article is about him. I won the damn thing and it really doesn’t matter to me. I’ve never been someone that’s craved the notoriety or the limelight. I can live with it and I’m fine with it.”
• On being asked about his failure to win in more than two seasons: “It didn’t bother me that (the media) mentioned it. It didn’t bother me that y’all reminded me about it because I realize that’s part of it, you’ve got to sit there and answer the question. But it bothered me that I had not won, and I knew that the only one that can fix that is me.”
• On his chances at Augusta, which is thought to favor the long hitter. Furyk finished 10th there last year: “I like it when (Augusta National’s first hole) is into the wind. I don’t know what direction it is, but if it’s firm and fast and No. 1 is into the wind, ... the average-length hitter has a good opportunity.”
• On the winners-only SBS Championship, which Furyk will be eligible to play in ’11, three years after his last start. Furyk owns a house in Maui, where the tournament is held: “We ... put that house up for sale a long time ago. It’s probably been a year and a half I would guess. Beats me. As you can tell, I don’t really pay much attention to that kind of stuff. I just try to play golf and be a good dad.”