OAKMONT — In 2007, Jim Furyk hit a driver at Oakmont's par-4 17th in the final round, made bogey and tied for second at the U.S. Open with Tiger Woods. On Sunday, Furyk hit an iron, made birdie and got himself into contention once again.
Still, Furyk was thinking driver — once again.
"I wish I had a little more length, I would have pulled out driver there," Furyk said. "It all worked out and I made a three anyway."
For the second consecutive time at Oakmont, Furyk tied for second at the U.S. Open. He bulled his way into contention with a final-round 66 on Sunday that turned back the clock for the 46-year-old.
Furyk had a chance to post 2-under in the clubhouse — which, at the time, could have been a daunting number — but made bogey at 18. But that wasn't the turning point for Furyk.
That came in the third round Saturday, when Furyk made five bogeys and a double in a 6-over 41 on the front nine.
"I played my heart out today," Furyk said. "I'm disappointed I missed the fairway at 18, but I look back, it was my front nine yesterday. I shoot 6-over. Oakmont has a way to turn pars into bogeys and bogeys into doubles. It all kind of happened to me in nine holes."
A Pennsylvania native who has roots in Pittsburgh, West Chester and Lancaster, Furyk once again was a popular player at Oakmont located in the Pittsburgh suburbs. A Pittsburgh Steelers' season-ticket holder, he even caught up with Ben Roethlisberger this week.
"It was fun," Furyk said. "I had a ton of support this week from my birthplace, West Chester, I heard Lancaster, where I grew up. I heard Manheim Township, where I went to high school. I heard all kinds of stuff from western Pennsylvania. I had a lot of places claiming me."