Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

My Swing Works for Me

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

My Swing Works for Me

Article excerpt

New US Open champion Jim Furyk has a golf swing that has been described as "like a man trying to strangle a snake in a telephone box" and "like an octopuss falling out of a tree."

But he had the last laugh at his critics at Olympia Fields near Chicago when he only just missed out on a record 72-hole total.

Two closing bogeys that in all honesty did not matter meant he "only" matched the 272 aggregates of Jack Nicklaus in 1980, Lee Janzen in 1993 - both at Baltusrol - and Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach three years ago.

A first major title is a special moment in any golfer's life and Furyk was able to share it not only with his wife and baby daughter Caleigh Lynn but also his parents, father Mike being the only coach he has ever had. Not that Furyk Senior teaches the method his son employs - one of the strangest swings ever to win a major.

That happened naturally and since it has earned him over 17 million dollars now, who is to say what is right and what is wrong? …

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