Jim Furyk will have to hope that less than 100% will be enough this week in the US PGA at Southern Hills.
The world number two is not fully recovered from the injury that kept him out of last week’s at the Bridgestone Invitational but is fit enough to start today.
“I’m in a pretty good state righfavourite now,” said Furyk.
“I was in a lot of pain and stiff (last week) and when I got here I was pretty iffy about my chances.
“Tuesday night I received some treatment. I had a joint in my upper back in my thoracic spine that was really stiff and not mobile and it was able to be adjusted.”
The treatment worked wonders, easing Furyk’s pain and freeing him up to the point where he can make pretty much his usual swing.
“I’m still not 100% but I’m healthy enough to make the swings that I want,” he added.
“I have the ability but I’ve had about a week off and I’m swinging terrible right now.”
Fully fit and well prepared, Furyk would probably be second favorite behind Tiger Woods at Southern Hills, a course that with its many doglegs demands precision and accuracy rather than brute power.
“This course I think would really suit my game and when I’m playing well I pride myself on being able to manoeuvre the ball,” Furyk said.
“Power is not going to come into play. It’s really limiting off the tee and being aggressive is not going to be a smart play on most holes off the tee. But I don’t really feel that well about my game. I feel rusty.
“I don’t care who it is, when you’re playing at 70% you’re not winning. I’ll have to think about how I want to attack the golf course and how I can make some better swings for today.”