CROMWELL, Conn. — This one was for the grinders. This one was for everyone who keeps plugging away on the practice range, with the sole objective of getting better. This one was those who don’t look like Jason Day or Dustin Johnson or any other artist’s rendering of what a modern-era professional should be. This one was for the folks who have been told they’re too old or too short off the tee or too anything else.
This one was for any golfer — male or female, young or old, seasoned pro or unskilled amateur — who has watched Jim Furyk and said to themselves: If that guy can be that good using that swing, then maybe there’s hope for me, too.
He is 46 years old, gawky and gangly, and owns a backswing straight out of your Sunday morning foursome at the local muni. But with a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship on Sunday — the first 58 in PGA Tour history — Furyk proved once again that the golf ball doesn’t care about your age or what you look like or even how you take the club back.
You don’t need to be Furyk to understand this concept. You don’t need to shoot 58 or play on the PGA Tour or even be a half-decent golfer.
Anyone who has ever played the game understands the frustrations it can cause and the revelations that can come from within.
Furyk turned a balky swing into a 58 this weekend. Not because of pure talent or any sort of luck. He did it because he worked at his game, because he didn’t want to “mail it in.”
This one was for the grinders. This one was for anyone who keep plugging away on the range, who isn’t built like Jason Day or Dustin Johnson, who is too old or too short off the tee or too anything else.
This one was for anyone who has ever watched Jim Furyk and seen a little bit of themselves.