Furyk content with low profile

2006-08-16 12:11

Medinah - Jim Furyk, among the favourites for the US PGA Championship, is perfectly happy to command less attention than golfing heavyweights Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

The world number three is comfortable with what he has achieved in the game and likes his chances this week in a region of the United States where he boasts an impressive track record.

"I am happy with where I stand in the world of golf and I'm happy with the way I've been playing," Furyk said during a news conference at Medinah Country Club.

"Whether or not I show up on TV every week versus Tiger or Phil, or whoever it may be, is not important to me.

"I think the guys who get more attention than me are deserving of it and are great players. I get my due."

Furyk, who won the 2003 US Open at nearby Olympia Fields, has produced superb form this year with nine top-10s in 18 PGA Tour starts, including victory at the Wachovia Championship.

He has flourished at the majors, tying for 22nd at the Masters, finishing joint runner-up at the US Open and placing fourth at last month's British Open.

Far from thinking he has nothing to show after being close to success in the last two majors, he prefers to dwell on the positives.

Finishing well

"At the British Open, it wasn't like I was right there with five holes to play," the 36-year-old American said. "I didn't get it going on the front nine and had a good back nine to finish up well.

"The US Open I was within a shot or two coming down the stretch," added Furyk, who missed a six-foot par putt at the last to settle for a share of second place at Winged Foot.

"I really felt I had an opportunity to win that tournament, so it's frustrating, it's disappointing.

"But, as time goes on, you draw a lot of positives from it and think back to how well you played."

Furyk, who tied for eighth when Medinah staged its first PGA Championship in 1999, relishes being back in the Chicago area.

"I liked the golf course when we played it back in 1999," he said. "It's a wonderful layout, it's challenging and I think it's a great test for a major championship.

"I played well here and, on top of that, Chicago has been pretty good to me with the US Open and the Western Open at Cog Hill. I always enjoy coming back."

Furyk won last year's Western Open by two strokes from Woods after making his eighth consecutive in the tournament.

The 88th PGA Championship starts on Thursday.

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