A Pair of 63’s for Stricker and Furyk

It was a day made for going low at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk lead the first round of the second leg of The Playoffs with matching eight under par 63’s. They both shot bogey free rounds and strung four straight birdies together on holes one through four. Stricker, who always heats up in these playoffs thought this was one of his best rounds of the year. “It was probably one of my best ball‑striking rounds this year for sure. I mean, it was hard to beat a couple of those rounds at the Bob Hope (Classic), but you know, from tee to green here today was pretty good. I even missed a couple putts early in the round that I could have made, under 10 feet.”

Furyk wanted to come to the course in a good frame of mind, hit some good shots and see what happened. It couldn’t have turned out much better. “Really what I was going out there to do was keep myself in a good mental frame and just kind of stay out of the way, hit some good shots and build on it. But I got off to a good jump. The round really started birdieing 1, 2, 3, 4. I hit it 15 feet, about five feet, six feet, and then hit it in there 20 feet for eagle on 4, so I had a two‑putt birdie. I tried not to jump ahead of myself. I kind of wanted to almost start the round over from that point and say, okay, I’m 4‑under now, let’s see what we can shoot the last 14 holes. And I go out there and there a play a good patient round of golf, and I was able to do that.”


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