Jim Furyk hopes to play himself back into form ahead of the British Open rather than return to the drawing board in practice.
Furyk is in the Travelers Championship this week eager to continue playing competitively during a spell in which he would ordinarily combine fine-tuning with time off ahead of a major.
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Playing at 6,841 yards, TPC River Highlands is the third-shortest course on the PGA Tour this year. Only Pebble Beach and Monterey Peninsula CC play shorter.
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He missed the cut at the U.S. Open last week and ahead of the British Open at Royal St. George's in less than a month's time he believes playing is key to recovering his game. He is playing three weeks running instead of taking this week off.
"I have played well here at times,” said the 41-year-old, who has managed just two top-10 finishes this year. "When we are not playing well, you have to keep playing. You can't go home and practice and get better. You need tournament conditions. I feel this is the best event for my game and the best event already not in my schedule.
"The strength of my game is 100 yards in,” he explained. "I haven't putted well this year, that's no secret, but to just blame it on my putting would be chickening out a little bit.
"I don't feel like I did anything all that wrong last week at the U.S. Open,” he added. “I don't feel by any means I should have missed the cut, but I'm not scoring well enough."
Another man keen for playing time is Geoff Ogilvy as he continues his comeback from a shoulder problem suffered before the Masters. He still managed a tie for fourth at Augusta but has struggled due to the problem since then.
"There were tournaments I have missed that I really like," Ogilvy said. "Ultimately, it is frustrating really, just watching these golf tournaments on TV. Normally I play a lot through the U.S. Open but I've hardly played, so I'm desperate to play."
Other crowd draws in the field in the $6 million event at River Highlands include Padraig Harrington and Ian Poulter. Bubba Watson is defending champion.