Jim Furyk made another one of those runs that fortysomething players often do at this weekend’s World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational — with a similar result. The former US Open champion and Tour stalwart slept on the 54 hole lead Saturday night, but managed just a 72 on Sunday. Hey, a tie for third and a check for $470,000 is hardly misery going into this week’s PGA Championship — the season’s last major. Furyk will doubtless show up more energized than frustrated on Thursday morning at Whistling Straits for his 7:45 am tee time. When you’ve been around as long as Furyk has, you learn to focus on the next shot, not the last one.
In his group in Kohler, Wisconsin will be the man who finished alone in second at the WGC Bridgestone, Bubba Watson. Watson will also have momentum, carding a 66 on Sunday and moving up rather than down the leaderboard. It’ll be a great group to watch. They’ll be out early, joined by Paul Casey who also had an excellent showing at the WGC, finishing tie for 17th. While most eyes will be on the likes of Jordan Spieth, this is a threesome that could easily contain the winner.