2003 U.S. Open Film: “Furyk’s Olympia Fields of Dreams”


baseball yesterday how about them comes
they finally snapped the three-game losing streak it was basketball football
baseball there are the greatest Chicago it’s great a sports city in the
country the world this place is buzzin year-round the fans
the teens everything to do with sports they’re all behind them a hundred
percent my life has been a continuous journey of
being connected to these wonderful people in Chicago to be a champion astound it’s the
greatest feeling in the world as far as I’m concerned I’m still with champion
this time and it happened almost 20 years ago we built the dynasty in this town six
NBA titles now the world’s greatest golfers are
here to be named the next champion it’s their turn to do something great their turn in America’s Championship to
join the pantheon of this city’s rich sports history the US Open has come back
to Chicago to Olympia Fields the latest stop in time on a magical 103 year
journey a three-shot McCrea their turn to do
something great their turn to harness this championships
and comparable surges of emotion their turn to seize it cherish it
believe in it and make it happen a champion in history
so the championship tears now the people’s champion the hunted and third US open 103rd
nighted States open 100 and third US Open welcome to Chicago hi everybody I’m Dan Hickson we welcome
you to the 103rd United States Open Championship from Olympia Fields Country
Club just south of Chicago this marks the 13th time that the national
championship has been staged here in the Chicago area and the first time in 75
years that has been held here at Olympia Fields back in 1928 Johnny Farrell
defeated the great Bobby Jones and an epic first-ever 36 hole open playoff the
questions that pervaded in this championship before it began was could
the world’s top ranked player Tiger Woods win this championship for the
third time in the last four years and in the process become just the second
player in more than half a century to win back-to-back US over the US Open has
long been considered the most challenging test in all of golf for the
103rd time the world’s best golfers would vie for the championship this
layout was located 25 miles south of downtown Chicago and designed by former
British Open champion Willie Park junior back at 1923 the par 70 near 70 200 yard layout
yielded some great scores and shots early on but it was Justin Leonard who set the
pace early in the first round his second birdie in a row at the third to get to
2-under another birdie try at the 9th and the former US Amateur champion was
out in 30 for a pitching wedge approach shot to the 13th set up yet another
birdie as did this 8-iron on the very next hole now at 15 for his third
straight birdie and Leonard with his lowest u.s. open round of 4-under par 66
as expected at an open a few unexpected names popped up on the leaderboard 44
year old journeyman Jay Don Blake had mentally to attend cut so far this year
but a birdie at 6 got into 2-under then Blake 7-iron approach shot at the par-4
8th he would make that to get to 3-under after a bogey at the 9th
this laser-like approach with a 5-iron on the par-4 10th would get him back to
3-under and the one-time Tour winner would end with a 66 sharing the
clubhouse lead with Leonard in the morning another unlikely contender was
33 year old Brett Quigley his second shot to the par-4 13th that would end up his second of three
birdies in a row now his approach to the par-4 16th Quigley was making it look easy and he
would make that to take the outright lead at 5-under the Massachusetts native
for par at 18 just as fifth rather they open but still
is best score by six shots and it’s only the 765 or better in the
first round of a US Open some of the game’s biggest names however
were not taking advantage of the soft conditions at Olympia Fields last year’s
runner-up Phil Mickelson still looking for his first major in this his 44th
major start for par at 17 and that miss would result in his third bogey in his
first eight holes he struggled all day on the greens taking 31 putts in his
first round still an opening round of 74 the world’s 6th ranked player just 5
back another star yet to win a major in 47 tries Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie
did get off to a quick start on his opening nine a second straight birdie on
the 13th in trouble at the 3rd this is third shot on this par 4 par save there
but two bogeys in his last four holes resulted at a 69 for Monti two-time US
Open champion Ernie Els was a model of consistency in the opening round the
approach shot at 14 for the world’s second ranked player and that would get
him to 1-under even with superb iron shots like this one at the 3rd else made
only one birdie on the day and 17 pars for an opening round of 69 playing alongside the reigning British
Open champion was last year’s champion Tiger Woods who began the week at
Olympia Fields with great expectations his morning would begin at the 10th and
the theme for Tiger Woods was missed birdie opportunities as the world number
one would start out with 8 pars in a row before he got to the 18th his ninth hole
of the day for par there Woods is lone bogey on his
opening nine and he was out in 1 over 35 Tigers struggled off the tee all day
hitting just six of 14 fairways in the first round his day though was salvaged at the par-5
6th this second shot from 256 yards with a 3-iron Tiger would reach it in to make
his Eagle and get into red figures however he bogeyed his last hole for an
even par 70 the real emotion of the day would come from another Stanford
University golf product 53 year old Tom Watson the 1982 champion at Pebble Beach
Watson was playing in his 30th the US Open Championship on a special exemption
after starting at the 10th with a bogey this 170 yard approach shot with a
6-iron to the par-4 12 a spectacular eagle to get into red figures coming off
birdie at 16 his tee shot at the 17th one of the longest par threes in US open
history he would make par and out in 32 now for a birdie at the first touches it
and Watson’s gonna move to 3-under good stuff there at 53 years old yep and
this day was special for more than just Watson and his fans Bruce Edwards his
caddy and friend for the last 30 years was with him every step of the way it
had been less than five months since Edwards was diagnosed with ALS Lou
Gehrig’s disease and while no one knew how many more events he would be able to
caddy there was no doubt that this was special for a long time to him it was
emotional day for me because I loved him so much and everything he’s done for me has been British bathroom
and the Z I’m out there looking the bland like is raining really warmer on
the magic of the day was no more apparent than when Watson stroked his
birdie putt at 7:00 it can’t stop there gravity has got then on the next hole another birdie
opportunity yes means a lot because I don’t know
Oliver be back unity was running again I guarantee knowing him he was doing for
me that means employing an older guy in my
bunk two friends who for at least one more
day could forget about the uncertainty of the road ahead and instead lived one
more memorable moment Watson still had some work left working
from the bunker at the par-4 9th a passe bear would give him a 5-under
PAR 65 equalling his lowest round ever in a US Open but his longtime friend left the course
with far more yet another cherished memory to carry with him forever Watson and Quigley tied for the first
round lead at 5-under and at age 53 Watson became the oldest player ever to
lead after any round of the US Open the wind died down for a Friday second round
and Olympia Fields was even more vulnerable to attack
conditions were primed for low scores and anyone who wanted to play during the
weekend had to make their presence felt today after his magical performance on
day one Tom Watson would have less than 13 hours to regroup for another round at
Olympia Fields the same course where he made his first PGA Tour start ever as an
eighteen-year-old ammeter in a 68 Western open Watson for birdie on the
opening hole after just 23 putts in the first round the eight time major
champion would find the going tougher in round 2 34 putts on Friday at the 12th
for bogey a double bogey on the holy Eagles a day earlier Watson would finish
with a 72 3-under for the championship the man he shared the first-round lead
with wasn’t faring much better Brett Quigley started his second round at the
10th at 7 a.m. and right away a bogey would drop him from the lead his third shot at the par-5 6th he would
fail to convert that birdie putt only one birdie on the day for quickly than
for par at the 8th and he would finish with back-to-back bogeys and a 74
three-time major champion Nick price was still lying in his first US Open title
and he quickly moved up the leaderboard early in round two the 6-iron approach
shot on the par-4 10th and that would set up his fourth birdie of the day to
move to 3-under at the 11th a beautiful sand save and price at age 46 was trying
to rewrite the record books himself and become the oldest US Open champion in
history after a bogey at 12 he had this birdie try at the 13th priced at three under and trying to make
it two in a row at 14 price with a 5-under PAR 65 matching the
low score of the championship Jim Furyk along with caddie Mike Cowan was also
making a run up the leaderboard Furyk opened with a 67 and birdies at
the 1st and 6th gotten to 5-under PAR midway through his second round Furyk has seven PGA Tour wins but was
still in search of his first major this birdie putt on 13 to retake the outright
lead and Furyk moved to six on him he was looking for another birdie at the
14th Furyk at 7-under and now is approach shot to the 18th Furyk hit every green in regulation but
one in his second round he would have a crack at his fifth birdie of the day
against no bogeys despite the mist still a 66 for Furyk
the championship leader at 7-under Tiger Woods started the day just five
off the lead his tee shot on the longest opening hole in US Open history and
protaras it was another missed fairway but he
scrambled on the first and had a birdie putt to move to 1-under and then he had a long birdie attempt at
the par-3 4th and the defending champion was on a roll his approach shot at the 5th his ball would take 30 seconds before it
finally stopped rolling down the slope he would fail to get it up and down and
drop a shot Tigers second at the par-5 6th from 247
yards with a 3-wood it’s not a cut that’s a slice and it’s a good one too Tiger would make birdie at the 6th and
now light up his approach at the 496 yard 9th the second longest par 4 in US
Open history this 6-iron from 202 yards another birdie that he was to 3-under
for par at the 11th and that would result in his second
bogey of the day but he would birdie 13 and have this approach to the 16th and Tiger would make that for his sixth
birdie of the day the 27 year old already with eight major titles and
eight USGA titles is back in the hunt his third at the last a beautiful touch
and woods finishes with a 66 in 4-under and just three out of the lead in the
threesome behind woods that afternoon was world number four Vijay Singh after
an opening round 70 Singh gone off to a sizzling start a chipping for Eagle at the first after going birdie bogey on two and
three sing for another birdie at the 4th quickly to 3-under out in 34 but it was
on the back nine where the 40 year old from Fiji would write his name into the
US Open record books after a birdie at 10 this putt for another at 11 the two-time major champion now for
under par in his round now for birdie at 13 to 5-under Singh’s approach at the
par-4 14th with an 8-iron and Singh would set up yet another
birdie but as he was beginning to envision a magical 63 or lower he was
reminded of some controversial comments a month earlier just a few moments ago as Vijay Singh
was playing the 14th that man right there was ejected from the golf course
for firing some pumpkins Vijay Singh’s ways happy to see the manly talk about
composure Singh with this putt to go to 6-under and he was continuing to light up the
back nine at Olivia fields and all of a sudden Vijay Singh was in reach of a
historic number the lowest round and the US Open was 63 first shot by Johnny
Miller in the final round of his win at Oakmont 30 years ago it had since been
matched by only two men Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf in 1980 at Volta strong
on the par-3 15th he would have a chance for his third birdie in a row sing the 7-under par in his round and
tied for the lead after powering the 16 his tee shot at the monster 261 yard
par-3 17th off the tee at 17 with a 3-iron we said this was not his likely burning
home forget about there were now visions of a 62 for st. but a missed opportunity there no player
in the history of the game has ever shot lower than a 63 in any round of a major
championship Singh would head to the final hole with a chance a par would
give him a share of the record but a birdie would make it his own but as tee shot found the fairway bunker now is approach he was trying to become the 21st player
ever to shoot 63 in a major and the second player to do it twice as Singh
had shot the number before in the 93 PGA Championship at Inverness this putt
though for the magical 62 it wasn’t to be but sing with tapping
for par and a 7-under 63 equaling the lowest round in 100 3 planes of the US
Open the round including a record time 9 hole score of 29 coming in still the
heckler on 14 was the main topic of the media center but BJ was having none of
that AJ you were very obviously heckled today
at 14 green could you walk us through what happened there and is that typical
of the way some of the fans here or reacting to you and some of the things
you’ve said about Annika Sorenstam when I hit a good tee shot on 49 he’s a 8i
and made the fight I went to the next hole I didn’t notice anything as they
were taking the guy out you waved your putter at him I was waving to my caddie
waving to your caddie oh okay thank you it was a record Friday at Olympia Fields
co-leaders Furyk and Singh both set view US Open Records for lo 36 holes at
7-under par a record low 36 hole cut was also established and several notables
were claimed including Davis Love the third a winner three times already on
the PGA Tour in 2003 David Duval struggles continued the former world
number one shot 78 and 72 reigning PGA champion Rich Beem also missed the cut
he was 10 over after rounds of 74 and 76 49 year old Jay Haas off to a great
start at 10th on the money list wouldn’t play the weekend and either with Haas
his 21 year old son bill it was only the sixth time ever that a father and son
had competed in the same US Open and 16 year old Tom Gliss Mayer from Colorado
Springs Colorado went home in a with a birdie on his final hole of the
second round the youngest competitor in the field had rounds of 80 and 79 the
leaders were poised for round three of the 103rd US Open
America’s Golf Championship and through 36 holes at Olympia filled the
leaderboard was full of red numbers but those have enjoyed success thus far no
it’s only half over Tiger Woods was in position to pounce on his third US Open
Championship his third title in five years and continued his march into
history yet there were others emerging with major credentials of their own who
had yet to win an open including Justin Leonard and 46 year-old Nick price and
Vijay Singh coming off his historic round on Friday Jim Furyk has enjoyed success on the PGA
Tour but never on a major stage then the
sentimental choice 53 year old Tom Watson winner of eight major
championships who what is only US Open title twenty-one years ago the hundred
and third US Open continued just outside Chicago and Mick price wasted no time
making an early statement with this birdie at the first then this pitching
wedge approach at the second and he would make that putt for his
second birdie he had another birdie attempt at the third there price taking aim with an 8-iron at the
hundred and fifty nine yard Par 3/4 Annie would have pack pot to get into
the lead his second now at the par-5 6th a 5-iron
from 224 yards shaped it perfectly
it’s short look at this price with two-putt from there for his fifth birdie
in the first six holes and the out light lead 9-under
but he would encounter some problems in the meat of the golf course a bogey at
the 7th and another here at the 9th dropped him to 7-under price reported three more bogeys on the
back nine before this 8-iron approach shot to 18 second shot at 18 on the way for Nick
price this guy could use a birdie right now and maybe he’s dead get Nick priced for a 69 it would be his first
birdie since the sixth hole but at 5-under PAR he was still in position for
a Sunday charge prices playing competitor was first
round co-leader Tom Watson who had an up-and-down day of his own at the first
for birdie Watson’s putter just couldn’t keep up
with a torrid pace of Thursday a bogey at the 8th that he was back to
1-under but a few magical strokes were still left for birdie at the par-3 15th it would be his first and only birdie of
the round as Watson would shoot is 75 in the third round two over for the
championship Olympia Fields wasn’t playing as easy as
it did the previous round but as Tiger Woods began his round obstacles remained
abundant Wow was heard noise in that backswing
somebody whistle when it’s good good either right on the top of his backswing
right on the start down just whistle now Tigers third the opening par-5 good shot come there the guy whistled on purpose in your face
whistle would still had a chance for an opening
birdie not the start though he had hoped for on
a par five and it only got more difficult at the par-4 5th Tigers over the green and it would be a
difficult up and down on the third toughest hole of the week as Tiger had
this putt for par he was back to 3-under another par putt
at the 9th and Tiger is out in two over 38 after a bogey at the 10th Tiger would
drop another shot here at the 13th for over on his round on the next hole
though but he couldn’t build any momentum to
finish his round his fifth bogey of the day on the 15
he would also bogey 16 and finished with a 75 his highest round ever in the US
Open as a professional instead of Tiger Woods
it was unheralded Australian Stephen Leaney who mounted a charge the world’s
number 55th ranked player had made birdies at the 1st and 5th before this
9-iron approach shot to the 9th Burtie number three for leaning and the
34 year old from Perth was to 8-under par just 1 off the lead but Lee knee
double bogey at the 10th and missed that short putt for par at 11 and he was back
to 5-under at 15 he had another birdie try and he was back to 6-under his second shot now at 18 with a 7-iron that would set up his second birdie in
the final four holes a 68 for lady in at 7-under
laney had been playing with Jonathan Byrd on Saturday the 25 year old who is
the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 2002 had a chance to get it to 6-under
with this long birdie putt at the 2nd he would shoot a +1 71 to finish at 4-under
after 54 holes and there was some others making noise
Canadian Ian Leggett for Eagle at the sixth one of thirteen Eagles
at the six for the week it helped propel Leggett to a third round 68 4-under for
the championship thirty-three-year-old Alabama native
Dicky pride from the bunker at number seven he had the round of the day on
Saturday a 4-under 66 it was the only bogey-free round of the day and jumped
him into a tie for fourth plane with Tiger Woods was 48 year old Argentinian
Eduardo Romero this long birdie try at 17 that moved into 4-under and on this day
the man nicknamed the cat with better Tiger Romero with a 70 the Woods is 75 back to Saturday’s final carrying to
residents of Ponte Vedra Beach Florida co-leaders Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk
after both setting a new 3600 scoring mark the pair looked to take the numbers
even deeper into the US Open record book Furyk the 10th ranked player in the
world and Singh already boasting 2 wins ranked number four in the world the pair
knew it wasn’t going to be easy as they had already been overtaken on the
leaderboard before even completing a hole
Singh though to retake a share of the lead at 8-under and he ties Nick Price
who is off to that sizzling start now Furyk after par in the first four holes
had this approach shot with a 7-iron to the 5th Furyk would make that putt for his first
birdie of the day and regain a piece of the lead himself at the par-5 6th this
third shot from the bunker would result in Furyk certein birdie of the
championship Singh for his birdie at the par 5 and
both been to 9-under Furyk on the 9th the longest par 4 at
496 yards Furyk would make that to become just the
third player in US Open history to reach 10 under par during the championship
Vijay Singh however began having problems on the back nine a bogey at the 12th to drop out of the
tie for the lead Furyk who had bogeyed the 10th with this
long birdie putt at the par-3 15th on the edge of the shadows in in back to
10-under par for Furyk and a two-shot lead after his 63 the day before Vijay Singh
was finding the going a little tougher today a bogey at 16 to fall three behind
Furyk and then in the bunker at the par-3 17th that would lead to another drop shot for
saying while Furyk led the field in greens in
regulation he still made clutch par saves like this one at 16 at 17 though
he let one slip away back to 9-under to the last hole and sing struggles
continue it would be another long par putt for
the second round co-leader and it would be three bogeys in a row to
finish for Singh who after coming home the previous day in twenty nine stumbled
in on Saturday with a 38 Singh’s second round 63 followed by a third round 72
which left him at 5-under Furyk for birdie at 18 and that would give him the lowest
54-hole total and US Open history by three shots 10-under par for the
championship and a three shot lead going into the final round Furyk with three
consecutive rounds in the 60s and some history on his side the last four
third-round leaders in the US Open had all gone on to win the final round at
the US Open and with the conditions at Olympia
Fields being more forgiving than usual for most of the first three rounds
several golfers went well below par but to win the open you have to survive four
rounds and the pressure of the next 18 holes is seldom matched in a golfers
life so who would join the legends of before and win the US Open Jim Furyk had
played in pressure situations before as a three-time member of the Ryder Cup
team and he’d performed under pressure
countless times before on the PGA Tour but Jim Furyk was about to embark on an
18-hole journey which could end where he’s never been holding the trophy in a major
championship and not just any major but the toughest test in golf the get
knighted States open an anticipating the final round the metro line trains from
downtown Chicago were full as the fans took the 45-minute ride to Olympia
Fields wondering could anyone mount a final round challenge on Jim Furyk Tiger
Woods had never won a major from any position other than the 54-hole lead
nevertheless 11 shots back and history-making comebacks weren’t in the
cards on this Father’s Day the putter was uncooperative all week for Tiger
among those who made the cut he ranked fourth from last in the putting stats
Woods would finish with a final round 72 three over in defense of his
championship at Bethpage his tie for 20th was his worst US Open finish in
seven starts as a pro Nick Price’s attempt to emulate his
lightning-fast start of the day before was unsuccessful a missed par putt at
the opening hole another par putt at the 2nd and price would open up with three
consecutive bogeys and go out in 40 for a birdie at the 15th but Christ would finish with bogies at
17 and 18 to shoot a 75 in the final round and tie for fifth at even par
prices playing competitor Vijay Singh had another tough day a double bogey at
the shortest par for the third to drop to 4-under six behind Furyk Singh
recorded six consecutive bogeys at one point and had this birdie at 15 to ease
some of the pain a final round 78 proceeding to conclude his championship
at +3 tied for 20th while some were backing up others were making a move
including Masters champion Mike Weir the Canadian capped off a remarkable
comeback after three double bogeys in his first 28 holes of the championship
well composed through it all we’re fired a final round 71 to finish at 1-under
for the championship in a tie for third and he would finish tied for third with
Kenny Perry who continued his stellar season Perry who came into this championship
with two wins and two starts fired a final round 67 the best round of the day
on Sunday one of just two amateurs to make the cut was 30 year old Tripp
Keaney from Dallas Texas but chip in for Eagle at the 6th Keaney the runner-up to
tiger in the 94 u.s. ammeter led the field and driving distance for the week
with a 325 yard average something younger brother Hank and sister Kelly
would be proud of his par putt at the 72nd hole enabled him to finish as low
ammeter at 10 over after the emotional and record-setting opening round Bruce
Edwards and Tom Watson were out of contention on Sunday but Watson had this
birdie putt at the 6th at the 13th Watson’s 10th and final
birdie of the championship there would be no chill fee for the pair
on this day as chance of Bruce Bruce rang out from the crowd in the minds of
most however they were the true champions this week Tom Watson a final
round 72 to finish it for over in a tie for 28 is there one memory from this
week that you’ll look back on when you think about this week yeah Bruce’s tears
though they’ll be they’ll always be with me and I that’s that’s trite didn’t
write into my in my heart that you know what he’s going through is is is a
horrible thing and then I just want on afonso platform okay well Tom you
you’ve been a champion especially for the way that you’ve taken care of Bruce
and pledged your support for him in all of his medical care
thank you very much congratulations on a great week just before he began play an
emotional hug from Jim Furyk father Mike on Father’s Day Furyk just 18 holes away from perhaps
capturing the hundred and third United States Open he began the day with a
three shot lead and had a birdie try at the first and Furyk was in trouble off the tee at
the second this was his third shot to the par four and it would leave him with a long par
putt Furyk got up-and-down for par eight of
the 13 times through three rounds and there was another now on the tee at the 164 yard Par 3/4 and the unorthodox swing was on the mark
again he would two-putt for par from there after a birdie at the 6 to get to
11-under he had another birdie try at the par-3 7th Furyk was staying away from bogeys only
six in the championship to this point but to put par there now is approach shot from 138 yards at
the par-4 9th yet another green in regulation for
Furyk who held a five-shot lead at this point over Stephen Leaney Furyk spotter
has been his only coach and his dad taught him to putt cross handed when he
was just a boy that’s because Arnold Palmer and Gary
Player told him in a pro-am that if they could change one thing about their game
it would be to start putting cross-handed at an early age and the
advice certainly has helped out Jim Furyk in position to become a US Open
champion a five shot lead with nine holes to play his closest pursuer
remained Leaney after a bogey at the 1st this approach shot at the second helps
set up a birdie to get him back to 7-under now at the par-3 4th following another
bogey Leaney for birdie at the 6th Leaney for his third birdie in six holes
and quite a performance for leading in just his second US Open he missed the
cut in 99 at Pinehurst but now faced with this difficult live
from the bunker at the par-3 7th Leaney would make bogey and he would
have yet another part ester on the very next hole that dropped him to 6-under and after
another bogey at 11 blini with a long birdie putt at 13 and he’s not quite out of it back to
6-under and within three of the leader Furyk only one Australian had ever won
the US Open David Graham in 1981 at Marion in his heart as the Aussie tried
Leaney struggled to keep up the pressure on Furyk Furyk had recorded an
impressive 12 top-ten finishes and 31 major starts but his best finish was
fourth could he close the deal at Olympia Fields with nine to play this
for par at the 10th and Furyk would pick up his first bogey of the day now for a
birdie at 11 and he would remain at 10-under another
long attempt to save par at 12 two bogeys and three holes now for Furyk
and he was back tonight under this to get one back at the next hole now Furyk a bit frustrated his second
shot to the par-4 14th right right it was right he would birdie 14 to get
back to 10-under and on the tee at 16 leading by four Furyk needs only to play
the last three holes an even par to break the 72 hole a US Open scoring
record by two shots and he would have a birdie try at 16 his father Mike looking
on would anticipate one of the best Father’s Day presents he could ever
imagine Furyk would bogey 17 and come to the
72nd hole at 9-under still with a four shot lead his approach at 18 it would be a satisfying and emotional
walk-up for a man once told by a prominent college coach that he would
never play major college golf with a swing like his well that swing was about
to win Jim Furyk the US Open after fighting off the tears Furyk for
birdie at 18 it would be a three-putt bogey in the
72nd hole but were the cushion he had it didn’t matter a final round 72 and Jim
Furyk had one is major championship the equaled the lowest 72-hole total and
championship history 272 8 under par in his wife Tabitha and 11 month old
daughter Callie were there to congratulate it Purex first Father’s Day
as a dad his mother Linda joined the celebration as well and in his father
Mike Jim congratulations during the course of
the round we heard from your dad Mike the only coach you’ve ever had what does
it mean to you to not only become the US Open champion but to do it on Father’s
Day I had to open up with that one didn’t you at least give me at the end
I’m gonna start crying here it’s very special I had a I had a I had
a difficult time actually even speaking to him this morning to wish him happy
Father’s Day just you know I’m very close with my family my wife’s very
close with hers and my mom and dad are very involved in my career at my life
and you know it was it was difficult to even wish him happy Father’s Day so I
think this is a heck of a present so happy Father’s Day when people talk
about when people talk about the best players never to win a major it’s a
compliment in a sense but it’s a category you want to get into and out of
quickly now you’re out of it yeah you know I never really and I never paid
that much attention to that I’ve said that in the press press room last couple
of days and it is a compliment one sense and I think as the years go on I still
said last night I consider myself pretty young in my career at 33 but as the
years go on I think it becomes that much tougher that much more difficult you put
that much more pressure in yourself but there’s a lot of great players out there
that haven’t won a major championship a lot far better than I I’ve played in my
career so it’s probably an injustice to them and you know it’s just a it’s a
proud day I’m it’s it’s beyond beyond some dreams it’s
a lot to take in I know but has it dawned on you that from now on when
you’re introduced it’s unlikely ever again to be a very good golfer with a
quirky swing the first thing they’re gonna say is US Open champion Jim Furyk it hasn’t dawned on me but I can get
used to it that’s for sure how’s that congratulations Jim
thank you I appreciate only for golfers finished under par Australian Stephen
Leaney had his best finish in a major and in the end Olympia Fields extracted
some vengeance but a low score as it yielded earlier in the week this was the culmination of a lifelong
dream for Jim Furyk instead of imagining it he was living it this was the US Open
and he was dealing with its pressure handling its emotions and on this
Father’s Day this was Jim Furyk championship to celebrate now and
forever

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