Jim Furyk would like nothing more than to move on from what happened 10 days ago at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, where he stood on the 16th tee with the lead in the final round of the U.S. Open, then badly hooked his drive, the key moment that led to Webb Simpson’s eventual championship.
“I’ve always been kind of good at putting it behind me,” Furyk said. “The difficult spot is: I get reminded of it at least two dozen times a day.”
Back home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., golf fans from the grocery store to the gas station have reached out to tell Furyk, 42, they were rooting for him to win his second U.S. Open. He said PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said the dry cleaner in their home area wondered why he Furyk tried to draw his tee shot at the dogleg left, par-5 16th around the corner with a driver.
“He wasn’t trying to,” Finchem said.
“Yeah,” the dry cleaner said. “But he shouldn’t have done it in that situation.”
“No [expletive],” Furyk said, jokingly, on Tuesday. “I guess that’s why you shouldn’t break buttons on my shirts, but it happens once in a while.”
Furyk’s appearance at the AT&T National is his first opportunity to move beyond the experience on the golf course. He will play with Robert Garrigus and Jason Day at 1:02 p.m. in Thursday’s first round — ready to hear more about last week.
“Really, all those people that bring it up, they mean well,” he said. “I don’t mean it in a negative way. They’re being very positive, and it’s nice to see I’ve got a lot of support as well.”
Fairfax native Steve Marino, who missed four months with injuries to his left knee, withdrew from the AT&T National on Wednesday, a day after saying his knee was feeling better.
Marino, who had missed the cut in his first three events back on tour, did not return phone and text messages Wednesday afternoon. He will be replaced in the field by Brendon Todd, a 26-year-old University of Georgia product. . . .
The PGA Tour announced Wednesday that its minor league feeder circuit has a new sponsor and will immediately be known as the Web.com Tour, changing its name from the Nationwide Tour. Web.com is a Jacksonville-based company that provides Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses with three million customers nationwide. They signed a 10-year deal to serve as the title sponsor.
“We think this is an ideal match,” Finchem said at Congressional.
The tour has a 27-event schedule, including the new Neediest Kids Championship presented by Under Armour, which will be held Oct. 4-7 at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, across the street from Congressional. . . .
Davis Love III, the captain of the American team for the Ryder Cup in September, announced that Fred Couples and Mike Hulbert, longtime tour players, will serve as assistant captans at Medinah Country Club, outside Chicago.