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Monday
Jan072013

“This is the most depressing interview I’ve ever given for this amount of time.”

That's Jim Furyk talking about his February Golf Magazine interview talking about his 2012 season that was a few different swings from being a career year.

This was interesting...

Here’s the way I look at it: Amateurs come in at the end of the day, they sit down, they have a beer, and they talk about the two great shots they hit for two hours. Golf professionals come in and piss and moan about the two bad shots that cost them a 66, and were the reason they shot 68 or 69. Those two shots will keep them up at night, thinking about how they’re going to get rid of them, so they can trust their swing the next day.

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I can't read tone but that kinda sounds like he's talking down towards amateurs and how they live the game. Maybe he's still hurting from Chicago?
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Whoever did the interview was turning the knife pretty good right up to that quote. I actually have more respect for him now seeing how he handled that.

That said, I'm still not sure if he will ever win again... Gonna root for him though.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
"I got a little quick and a little fast on my pre-shot routine . . . "
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLudell Hogwaller
Ya well, those amateurs don't have a bank account so stuffed full of money they never have to worry about working another day of their lives. They also cough up out of their hard-earned money and actually pay to play the game as well.

Amateur skiers don't lay awake at night fretting over that one lost edge that cost them a 10th of a second either....Amateur basketball players don't worry about that missed basket...you know, on and on.

Quit whining Jimmy boy, having to answer some questions is part of the big pay checks. When you consider what the average person has to do to earn the kind of money these guys earn, it all seems pretty easy really.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
You'd think he'd be a lot more chipper with all the 5 Hour Energy that he drinks.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
I think he's pointing out how amateur's and pro's look at a round differently. All credit to him for being honest in a difficult interview. (what you all want cliche's now?)
01.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterelf
He should be morose. Last time I saw that much gagging was in a neonatal ICU.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
LOL, Ludell! Furyk "a little quick and a little fast" on the pre-shot routine? Unpossible. Now, jerking that loop a little faster and a little more over the top, outside-in, fat, or thin? Very possible, when breathing is a chore.

It may be possible to parse that comment about "amateurs" so that it is not out to lunch and condescending, but if he thinks we (i.e., those of us who know his dad is a pro from Pennsylvania and can name the course near Chicago where he won his Open) don't think long and hard about how to get rid of the shots that turn a 76 into a 78 or 79 or an 85 into a 90, he really needs to work on his imagination.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Ahh Jim, it's not the remembering that's so important, it's the ability to forget that counts. At the top, golf is much like high performance long distance or even top sniper-level shooting. Once you get over the gun, time to forget all the superfluous crap and let the nothingness into your shots...that's what all those practice shots were for. Trust it.

Golf is getting way to complicated.


@Ludell: Good one!
01.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnycz
''I got a little quick and a little fast on my pre-shot routine ''

WOW- I thought Ludell was making a very funny joke--- but darned if it isn't really Jim Furyk's own words... unbelievable!

I have always been neutral on Furyk- I never liked him, but never disliked him--and in 2012, I got very aggressive in calling him a choker as the year progressed, and sadly I was right. Thing is, I DON"T WATCH players who are a distraction to the flow of the game, or who's swing is so bad it could rub off on me...,and after ll the pre shot routine moaning on here, I watched him a bit last year, and he is PATHETIC, and is the poster child for a big 2 stroke fine, again and again, until he gets it, and everyone else does too.

And his description of am's post round reviewing is such crap. Maybe that is how the hi roller's who take their 24 handicaps out in to the pro ams are, but here in the real world, most srious ams want to improve, be they a 70's 80's or ? player-- they want to get in to that next group of ''good, better, best''.

Jim, just go away.Wait on the Champ tour and you can clip coupons..
01.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Agree, digs. His words and pre-shot routine make me grind my teeth.

The man should learn how to do a proper interview. You know, don't hold anything back because of what people might think.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRYX6QHxGv4
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
echoing points that others have made------- I don't know which f-ing amateurs he is talking about. The guys I play with live and die with shots left out on the course. Maybe golf has been so easy for him that he hasn't squandered many shots over the years.

Most amateurs care deeply, they just do so playing far faster than "back away" Jimmy.
I presume he means foolishly choosing driver at the 17th at Oakmount on Sunday. One of the worst club choices in history.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStreaky Putter
I don't think he's saying amateurs don't care - but they tend to talk more about their good shots (and I don't know where you guys play, but most 19th hole talk around here is the good shots, not the bad ones). And I'm sorry but if you guys are lying awake at night over the bad shots you hit on the golf course a) you must never get any sleep and b) you need a life bc virtually nobody posting here is good enough to do that :P
01.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterelf
um, he did not go out of bounds on Olympics 16th..

and stop whining is right...and do something about your ridiculous pace of play, for chrissakes
01.8.2013 | Unregistered Commenterchicago pt
Yeah, bad fact checking at Golf Mag....he didn't go OB.

“I’m going to have to stick a knife in my heart at the end of this,” Furyk said as he rehashed his Sunday missteps, which included snap-hooking a tee shot out of bounds on the 70th hole of the U.S. Open"
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin part deux
Never have been a fan of his so was going to post something clever (to me at least) and snarky. After reading the interview though he makes some honest points about himself...very rare these days. Good interview and worth a read.

@elf got it right...no cliches please.
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterB.I.G.
elf -- anyone that plays gross events requiring a scorecard and a pencil -- regardless of the level- regardless of how good they are -- has lost sleep over a thrown away shot. Based on what I have read here over time, there are more than a few, who frequent this site, that know what tournament golf is about.
"Sex is only fun for amateurs." -- Hunter S. Thompson
01.8.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKS
I smell an episode of Golf channel's "Top 10" just waiting to be made....
01.8.2013 | Unregistered Commentersmails

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