American golfer Jim Furyk is not only one of the most respected and revered golfers on the PGA Tour, he is also one of those golfers who has enjoyed immense success on the course since he joined the PGA Tour as a fresh faced 20 year old so long ago in 1992.
And one of his favorite courses, according to the man himself is the Quail Hollow, the venue of the Wells Fargo Championship, where he not only won the title back in 2006, but also lost in the playoffs to Fijian golfer Vijay Singh just the year before that.
It is one of those courses that he excels in, in spite of the relative difficulty that most others find in navigating it and prior to his embarking on the course, he was asked what made him tick at the Quail Hollow, to which, Furyk amiably answered that he loved the course and he could not but the think that the feeling was mutual, with a smile. And it is evident from his focus that the 42 year old Jim Furyk is ready to lift the crown once more, as he looks to build some momentum heading into the unofficial fifth Major of the golfing the calendar, the US PGA Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass, staring from the 10th of May and going on till the 13th of May.
However, Furyk will be the first person to admit that on current form, he will not be the favorite to win the title at the Wells Fargo Championship, in spite of having the best driving accuracy in the course and having missed only one cut in his eight previous quests at the Hollow.
But Jim Furyk is not one to let any tag bother him and he will surely put on a show at the Quail Hollow.
Former golf world number one Martin Kaymer might not have made a cut in the Masters in his last four starts, but he is still unwilling to change the way he approaches the game and will stick to it no matter what the outcome is.
Kaymer, who is currently playing in the World Golf Championships: Cadillac Championships at Doral in Miami showed his sense of humor about his struggles at the Augusta Masters, where he has not made the cut in the four attempts that he has made, not even after he had been crowned the number one golfer in the world at the World Golf Championships: Accenture Match Play Championships last February.
Martin Kaymer approached the Augusta Masters last year by taking three weeks off ahead of the tournament but the results hardly improved anyway for only the second German world number one in golf. According to Kaymer himself, he intentionally switched up his schedule, mainly due to fatigue for touring all year and he hoped that this would help him secure the much sought after cut at the Augusta Masters but a 78 – 72 ending was hardly the result that he had hoped for.
In spite of that, he is insisting that he will keep to the schedule this year as well and jokingly added that even though it hasn’t worked out so far for him at the Augusta Masters, maybe this is the year that everything will change. He also revealed that he had a talk with new world number one Rory McIlroy and gave him some advice, although according to Kaymer, the youngster is much his own man.
Martin Kaymer was in an extremely good mood, having shot 64 in the day and moving up to 7th in the Cadillac Championships, five shots behind the leader.
Dustin Johnson has had to undergo a surgery on his right knee. This surgery could potentially keep the upcoming star from participating in the US PGA Tour, the first of 2012.
This surgery came as a big blow to the golfer who is making a lot of news in the golfing world for both the right and the wrong reasons.
Dustin Johnson, who came second at the British Open this year, had to undergo an arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a cartilage tear. He will be on crutches for at least a week before he can begin his practice.
This will keep him out for most of the December and will only be able to participate next year in the month of January. It is not sure if the runners up of the British Open will be ready in time for the Tournament of Champions which begins on the sixth of January in Hawaii in Kapalua. This will be the opening competitive tour on the US Tour.
Dustin Johnson made his qualifications for the opening tour by grabbing a win at the Barclays this August. This was his fifth title in the US Tour in his career. He became the only player after Tiger Woods to win an event in all of the first four PGA seasons. Tiger Woods achieved this feat in the year 1999, more than a decade ago.
Dustin Johnson was also in the news for turning up late for the tee time at the Riviera. His caddy, Bobby Brown, gave him the wrong time which costed his boss a two stroke penalty. Dustin Johnson came just a few seconds before he was going to be disqualified and some say that he got off easy with only a two stroke penalty. Dustin Johnson himself acknowledged that he did not read the tee sheet himself and thus the penalty could not be shifted all on his caddie.
Tiger Woods has said that there is every chance that he will be fit for the U.S. Open. Woods has been using crutches and wearing a protective boot on his left leg to ensure he will be fit.
But the 35-year-old remains doubtful for the Memorial Tournament that starts on 30 May in Dublin, Ohio, according to the Golf Tuition Cheadle website.
Woods said: “I feel that, in the next week or so, I can start practicing pain free. That’s where I’m at.”
To Woods’s relief doctors have not mentioned the possibility of further leg surgery.