Q. At this stage of your career, how do you go about setting goals for yourself, having accomplished quite a few things?
JIM FURYK: There's always a way. My goal every year, someone is listening, getting tired of me saying this, it's to keep getting better. Instead of setting I want to finish somewhere on the Money List, make so much money, win so many tournaments, the goal is always to win events, put yourself in position to win events. In order to do that, I think I have to keep trying to get better in this game. Whether you're Tiger Woods, the best player in the world, or if you're the 500th player in the world, there's still a lot of ways to improve, get better.
The things I think about in the off-season, even when I may not be playing golf, I'm thinking about the year, what I can do to become a better player, to help my game to improve.
That's a goal: to get better this year, to learn more. Definitely every year, even though maybe the stats, position on Money List, I felt like I've improved as a player. For a while, I had a great streak in majors where I really had some great finishes. Last few years, I haven't played as well as I've wanted to.
To get myself in contention, compete, give myself a chance to win one of those tournaments would also be a good boost for the year.
Q. Is there anything in particular you need to work on, any part of your game that you're focusing on?
JIM FURYK: Well, last year -- definitely last year I think I feel like I had a good year, I had my best ball-striking year ever. My statistics were good, but like I say, I don't really look at statistics. I had a lot more confidence in my ball striking last year than I ever have. My putting for the first five months of the year was horrible. It wasn't even bad; it was awful. I was hitting the ball so well, though, I was kind of getting away with it, still finishing okay. But I -- there were quite a few events I felt like I had an opportunity to win early last year, but my putting held me back.
I think towards the end of the year, that started improving, I putted well. I won one event, the Memorial, gave myself a real good chance at Las Vegas, and didn't win. That was something I really worked hard on last year. Today it was definitely good, but hopefully it's not one day. You're not trying to maintain that through one week or a month, but through an entire year. To keep continuing to strike the ball well, hopefully get my putting in line, that will be good.
TODD BUDNICK: If we could go through your card. Birdie on 3.
JIM FURYK: 3, I hit a 3-wood off the tee. I have a new club in my bag, I don't know what they call it, a gap-wedge, I guess, 50-degree wedge. I hit that to about 10 feet, knocked that in.
I birdied No. 5, driver, 4-wood, about 40 feet behind the pin, 2-putted for birdie.
No. 6, driver off the tee about 30 yards short of the tee, hit a bad pitch about 15 feet past the pin, but I made the putt.
No. 9, I hit a 4-wood off the tee and a 4-wood into the green, made about a 15-footer for eagle there, maybe 15 to 20.
No. 10, I hit a 4-wood off the tee and a sand wedge to about 15 feet.
No. 12, I hit a driver and 8-iron.
This is the beginning of the year, bear with me. I'm not used to doing this.
That was probably about 15 feet also.
Then 16, I hit a driver off the tee, and that 50-degree wedge again, about 20 feet behind the pin. I hit it a little bit too far, then knocked that in.
17, I hit driver, 7-iron. I kind of long-righted the pin about 40 feet. I made a real long putt there. It was kind of a good end to the day.
TODD BUDNICK: 9-under, missed birdies on two of the par 5s, as well.
JIM FURYK: Yeah, disappointing on the back. I made the par 5s on the front good, didn't birdie either 15 or 18. Hit a bad second shot at 18. Hung my second shot right at 15, which is going to happen. I hit a good pitch to about six or seven feet, missed that one.
I missed another short putt on the front side, I think it was 7. I hit it in there about six or seven feet, missed that one.
You can always look back and say I missed a few, but I also made a bomb. Made up for it on 17. That's the way it goes. Hit good putts on both those holes, they just didn't go in.
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