Closing Thoughts on the Travelers
First things first: Jim Furyk is freaking amazing.
It’s amazing that he shot 58 on Sunday.
It’s amazing that he shot 59 at the 2013 BMW.
It’s amazing that he’s broken 60 twice.
It’s more amazing that he’s never won doing so.
I’m not knocking Jim Furyk but gamers need to remember that one round doesn’t make a trend. Furyk was T-70 entering Sunday so keep this ONE ROUND in perspective. If you need more evidence consider the fact that he sent his dad, his only coach ever, video of his swing for the first time ever after his round on Saturday. That’s a smart man who gets help when he needs it!
If Furyk would have closed with 65 gamers still would have noticed. In 2013 he shot 59 in the second round at the BMW at Conway Farms, a course he rarely saw, if at all, before the event. He followed that up with 69-71 for solo third but only was T-14 the following event at East Lake on a course he usually dominates.
Conclusion: Wait and see.
I’m not rushing him to the first tee at Bethpage Black if that’s his next event. The entire lead-up will be asking Mr. 58 to relive that round at TPC River Highlands. If he tees it at Wyndham, it will be his first time there since 2011. Remember, he played at TPC River Highlands once in the last 15 years before this year.
Russell Knox should be the player that gamers are talking about entering the FedExCup Playoffs. He’s now No. 4 in the points list and will be guaranteed a spot in Atlanta. His recent form, listed below in my Golfweek recap, is sizzling regardless of course layout. His confidence might be even more sizzling than his form after the way he held his nerve to close out his second win. He can absolutely flush it from the tee and the fairway and if he makes any putts, look out.
Gamers who put their faith in course horse and defending champion Bubba Watson saw him continue his blah run of form since finishing second at Doral. His T-25 was just his second-best finish in this nine tournament run.
Branden Grace continues his pattern of finishing in a top five in a major and MC here without breaking par. Sure, it’s only two years in a row but not finding in a round in the 60’s on this track is bizarre for a man of his talents.
Shane Lowry’s 54-hole lead and T-2 at the U.S. Oakmont seems eons ago. His T-36 defending at WGC-BI is his only made cut in his last five worldwide starts. His MC this week makes it four in a row.
Tyrone van Aswegen has racked out 22 of 28 cuts this season but only has five top 25’s to show for his effort. His only top 10’s are 40 weeks apart on the schedule but he’s got his card for next year. He should be on your radar for season-long games next year as he keeps putting himself into weekends.
Limping in to the John Deere Classic
- Hunter Mahan proved a very tough point last week about course history versus current struggles. It’s just not happening for him now regardless of field or course.
- Bryson Dechambeau is out of starts and off to the Web.com finals.
These fellas are currently on the outside looking in:
- No. 126: Matt Jones
- No. 127: Chad Collins
- No. 128: Will Wilcox
- No. 129: Kyle Stanley
- No. 130: Sung Kang
- No. 131: Padraig Harrington (exempt for 2016-17 with Honda win last year)
- No. 132: Scott Stallings
- No. 133: Tim Wilkinson
- No. 134: Tyler Aldridge
- No. 135: Retief Goosen
- Daniel Summerhays backed up his solo third at Baltusrol with T-11. #Lit
- Ryan Moore was sniffing around last week (T-17) and should be doing so again on another track he plays well at TPC Deere Run this week.
- Jon Rahm’s first event with STM saw him post four more rounds of par-or-better golf and another top 25 (T-25).
- Shawn Stefani, a stattos dream from 2015, has now made five of his last six weekends; T-9 at FESJC started the run and 67-65 to close T-11 last week is continuing it.
- The law firm of Hudson Swafford continues to tease as four more rounds in the 60’s were only good enough for T-38 this week. That’s nine weekends from his last nine if you’re scoring at home. I am.