There will never be a TV ad with a bunch of kids saying, “I’m Jim Furyk.” Yet the guy with the swing that exists only in Tiger Woods’ nightmare leads the Pebble Beach Pro-Am after two rounds in California.
Furyk, the 26-year-old whose swing was described by Irish professional David Feherty as looking like “an octopus falling out of a tree,” is nevertheless one of the most accurate drivers on the PGA Tour.
And on Friday, he made enough putts for a 65 at Poppy Hills to be at 12-under-par 132 after 36 holes, one stroke ahead of David Frost and two better than Paul Stankowski and Mark O’Meara.
The guy who does have the “I’m Tiger Woods” commercials played with Hollywood hunk Kevin Costner and again they were followed by enormous galleries. But Woods was unable to get his game in high gear and shot a 72 and was at 142, 10 strokes behind Furyk.
Furyk, a two-time winner in three years on tour, who takes the club way outside on his backswing and loops it back through in a round-about path to the ball, takes references to his unusual swing with good humor.
“Here I am 12-under, leading the tournament and I spend 90 percent of my time talking about my swing,” he said after a seven-birdie, no-bogey effort.
Chi Chi Rodriguez shot a 4-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead over three golfers in the first round of the $850,000 Royal Caribbean Classic in Key Biscayne, Fla.
The first-round lead is his first since October 1993 in the Raley’s Gold Rush Classic.
Jack Kiefer, J.C. Snead and Bruce Summerhays were 3-under in the opening event of the Senior PGA Tour season on the Crandon Park Golf Course.
Kermit Zarley and Tommy Aaron were two strokes back after shooting rounds of 69.
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