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Jim Furyk loses Sunday lead for seventh time in a row

Furyk had to settle for second place. (©GettyImages)
Furyk had to settle for second place. (©GettyImages).

Jim Furyk admitted he had no one to blame but himself for yet another glaring opportunity to secure his first win on the PGA Tour since the 2010 Tour Championship was squandered at the Canadian Open. 

Leading by three with just nine holes of regulation play to go, the 44-year-old American was undone by a spectacular display of putting from playing partner Tim Clark - who birdied five of his final eight holes to snatch victory away from 2003 US Open champion. 

Despite the South African's heroics, Furyk played too conservative throughout his final round and once again showed a lack of killer instinct on the greens - a consistent weakness of his. He made just one putt outside of four feet on his inward nine. 

Putting woes continue

He told PGA's official website: "It was a benign day, and 69 is not a bad round by any means, but by only making two birdies I let a couple of guys back into the tournament," he admitted post round to reporters. 

"I'm obviously disappointed. I just didn't putt well enough, and I didn't convert the opportunities I had."

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Furyk can, however, take solace in the fact that yesterday's runner-up finish secured his spot on Tom Watson's Ryder Cup, as well as the fact that in his last seven second-places finishes he was accumulated over $3million in prize money. 

Under pressure

Having said that, there are obvious and understandable concerns over Furyk's ability to get the job done when the pressure is on - and there is nothing more intense than the high-pressure cooker environment the continental matchup offers. 

Last time out at Medinah, where Europe memorably overhauled the American's despite being 10-4 down at one point on the Saturday in 2012, Furyk was undone by Spain's Sergio Garcia having led by one with two to play.

And this latest failure in Canada will be a concern to Watson, who will need his experienced players to lead by example as the US contingent go in search of just their second win this century. 

Valhalla

In the meantime, though, Furyk can look ahead to next week's Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone with a hint of optimism following strong finishes in consecutive week's at both the Open championship, and the Canadian equivalent. 

The man nicknamed The Grinder will have to do just that in the coming weeks if he is to overcome this latest set back that would undoubtedly have a detrimental effect on the mentality of any golfer, but with the US PGA championship at Valhalla in a fortnight's time as well as the prestigious season-ending FedEx Cup tournaments to come, there are ample opportunities for Furyk to turn a good individual season into a great one. 

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