Q. You were getting a lot of support from the crowd coming down the stretch, shouts of "it's your turn, Jimmy," and stuff like that. But you seemed to keep your head down. Do you try to feed off of that at all or do you try to block all that stuff out?
JIM FURYK: You can't block it out, because they're screaming at the top of their lungs at times about ten feet away. No, it's a positive. There's people pulling for you and cheering for you. I think this has been a very friendly crowd throughout the week. I felt a lot of support. And yeah, it's nice to have. I don't know if it's going to make you make a bunch of birdies, but I'd sure rather have that support out there than no one saying anything at all or rooting against you.
Q. I was looking at one of those major championship highlight reels from about five or six years ago and your golf swing was quite a bit different than it is now. Same basic concept, I'm wondering if you have gone out of your way to sort of homogenize your golf swing or if it's just sort of happened naturally?
JIM FURYK: Naturally. We talked about this yesterday, I haven't made any definitive swing changes. One major -- not major, but one thing different is I draw the ball more now than I used to, especially from five years ago. I've done that the last year, year and a half. But relatively if you look at my swing ten years ago to five years ago to now it's slowly changed a little bit. I think it's a lot -- in order for me to become a better player, to become a better ball striker, to become more consistent.
When I came out on Tour I was a very average ball striker, and the last few years I've been up on greens in regulation. So as my swing -- the better player I've become, my swing has slightly changed every year. It's not something that's happened intentionally, it's something that probably -- I don't know if I want to use the word homogenized, but I'll credit you for it, how's that? It's slowly evolved.
Q. More traditional?
JIM FURYK: Yeah, I'm definitely not traditional, but it's working back that way. Another 50 years I'll be there.
Q. Jim, you talked a moment ago about being hungry in the literal sense. Could you talk about your hunger for a major championship?
JIM FURYK: Man, you guys are good, I'll tell you what.
Q. Talk about your hunger for a major championship, what level is that, and also have you thought about what a major would mean to you, how you'd be judged and then et cetera?
JIM FURYK: Well, have I thought about it a lot? No. I don't like to put the cart before the horse or -- I've heard questions from 18 to here now, what would it feel like to hold the trophy, it would be a special moment. It's something you work hard for all your life. You dream about it from when you're kids. Pretend go you're Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer, and winning The Masters, British Open or PGA, it would be a very special moment. But I still want to stress to myself, it's nice to think about things. It's nice to dream about what it would be like and put yourself in position.
But it's also important to remember why I'm sitting here, what I've done so well in the last three days, how I've attacked the golf course, played the course and focus on one more day of golf, and focus on playing the same way I have before. And ultimately, like you said, that's how we're judged, by how many golf tournaments we win, how many major championships we win.
But I'm not sure any of us is playing golf just so we can be called a great player. You play golf because -- I enjoy it. I enjoy the competition. I enjoy going out there every day and testing myself against the golf course and against the field. And basically you show up every day because you want to win, you want to win golf tournaments. It's a humbling game, because you can't win every week.
Q. When you were a kid and you were pretending to be Arnold or whatever, was there a particular tournament that you were envisioning winning? Was it the Open or was it any tournament?
JIM FURYK: Well, that specific question, I'm not sure. I want to say I wouldn't be that greedy. Any major will do. But now that we're here at the U.S. Open, that sounds good.
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