Inside the Numbers: Jim Furyk’s Long Title Drought
In 2010, Jim Furyk was 39 years old and playing the best golf of his life. Four tournaments into the year, he had his first title – at the Transitions Championship; then finished 11th at Bay Hill, won the Verizon Heritage in a playoff, was seventh at Quail Hollow, 10th at The Memorial, 16th at the US Open, ninth at The Greenbrier Classic and sixth at Bridgestone.
Things only got better as he also won the TOUR Championship to claim the FedEx Cup title. That last victory came on September 26, 2010.
Furyk unexpectedly struggled in his follow-up campaign of 2011. He missed seven cuts, including five of six during the summer. A sixth-place finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship made u for some of it, but he was out of the FedEx Cup halfway through it.
In 2012, Furyk began his trend of agonizing near misses; he lost a playoff at the Transitions Championship that May, then tied for second at Bridgestone in August.
In 2013, his second-place finish came at the PGA Championship. He led by a stroke after three rounds, part of an ugly streak in which eight times he had the lead after 54 holes without winning a tournament. He shot a final-round 71, falling behind for good on the ninth hole.
In 2014, Furyk finished second four different times – back to back at the Wells Fargo Championship and The PLAYERS, then at the RBC Canadian Open and the TOUR Championship. He also finished fourth at The Open Championship and the BMW Championship. It was a marvelous seaeson, but without a tournament win, it continued to wear at Furyk.
When he won the RBC Heritage on Sunday, a staggering 1,667 days had gone by – four years, 6 months. In that time frame, the No. 1 ranking in the world had gone from Tiger Woods to Lee Westwood to Martin Kaymer, back to Westwood, to Luke Donald to Rory McIlroy, who traded it back and forth eight times over the next two years, then back to Woods, then Down Under to Adam Scott, and finally back to McIlroy.