Jacksonville resident still in contention to win second PGA Tour Champions title
| Florida Times-Union
Jim Furyk stumbled late but the goal of winning his second career PGA Tour Champions tournament in as many starts is still in play at Pebble Beach.
The Jacksonville resident followed his first-round 64 at the Pure Insurance Championship on Friday with a 73 on Saturday, finishing in a tie for third at 7-under-par 137, two shots behind Ernie Els (70).
Dicky Pride (70) is alone in second at 8-under. Furyk is tied with Fred Couples (67), Retief Goosen (68), Cameron Beckman (72) and Stephen Leaney (72).
Furyk bogeyed the par-3 17th and double-bogeyed the par-5 18th hole to fall out of the lead. At the time he ended his round, he was tied for first in the clubhouse with Goosen.
Furyk birdied his first two holes of the second round, which gave him six birdies in eight holes, counting his closing stretch in the first round in which he finished birdies on four of six holes.
When he birdied Nos. 6 and 7, Furyk was 12-under and had a four-shot lead. He then began missing greens and bogeyed Nos. 8, 12, 14 and 17, then doubled the last.
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Furyk’s last birdie of the day was a chip-in at the par-4 16th hole.
Furyk became the 19th player to win his first Champions Tour start in August, at the Ally Challenge (Phil Mickelson became the 20th to accomplish that three weeks later) at the Warwick Hills Country Club, in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Only two other players have won their first two Champions Tour starts, Arnold Palmer (1980 Senior PGA and the 1981 U.S. Senior Open) and Bruce Fleisher (1999 Royal Caribbean Classic and American Express Invitational).
Furyk has won 17 PGA Tour titles, including the 2003 U.S. Open and the 2010 Tour Championship, which gave him that season’s FedEx Cup championship.