Jim Furyk lost in a playoff a year ago at the Tampa Bay Championship and had no reason to feel as though he threw one away. Luke Donald simply beat him and two others with a 7-iron out of the rough to 6 feet for birdie on the first extra hole.
Furyk just had no idea it would be the start of the worst kind of trend.
He had three more chances to win that year, and all three times he came up empty. There was that snap hook with a fairway metal off the 16th tee that dropped him out of a tie for the lead at the U.S. Open, and he never caught up. He had a one-shot lead and was in the middle of the 18th fairway at Firestone when he chopped his way to a double bogey and lost by one. He had a share of the 54-hole lead at Sea Island and finished two shots behind.
And that doesn't include the Ryder Cup, where he had a 1-up lead with two holes to play and lost to Sergio Garcia.
Furyk figured the best way to get over it was to forget about it.
This was different from the last time he ha...