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US PGA: Jim Furyk must overcome Bridgestone misery to win at Oak Hill

Last Updated: 11/08/13 10:59am

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Jim Furyk will have to get over some mental scars if he is to lift his second Major on Sunday evening.

That's the view of 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, despite the American shooting a two-under-par 68 on day three at the US PGA Championship to open up a one-shot advantage over countryman Jason Dufner heading into the final round.

Furyk - the 2003 US Open champion - led last season's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after three rounds but faltered on the Sunday at Firestone and was overhauled by Keegan Bradley, the USA PGA victor from three years ago.

"There will be a little bit of baggage from last year and that is a hurdle Jim has to jump."
Paul McGinley

Sky Sports pundit McGinley thinks that performance in Akron, Ohio may dent Furyk's hopes of landing silverware at Oak Hill - and could let in Swede Henrik Stenson, who sits two shots back on -7.

"There will be a little bit of baggage from last year and that is a hurdle Jim has to jump," said McGinley, who tied for sixth place in the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

"But he is experienced and working with [sports psychologist[] Bob Rotella has helped him so he will be mentally prepared and it would be nice to see him win another Major.

"But I think Stenson is ready to win something big."

Confident

Adam Scott, who won this year's Masters at Augusta and then tied for third at the Open Championship at Muirfield, is five strokes off Furyk's lead after posting a third-round, two-over-par 72.

But Butch Harmon, who coached the Australian in his younger days, thinks the 33-year-old is a changed man since he buckled at the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham and says he has a "good chance" of poaching a second Major at Oak Hill.

"Adam got tremendous strength from losing the Open Championship where he had a three shot lead with four holes to play and lost to Ernie Els," said the Sky Sports analyst.

"When he came to Augusta he knew he belonged in that category and won the Masters.

"I have known Adam since he was a teenager and he has never been so confident - and I think he has a good chance [on Sunday]."

McGinley added: "The wind got up a bit on Saturday which always made it difficult and the par threes played particularly long - but it was a good test of golf.

"We don't want to see a birdie-fest in a Major championship and it's nice to see an ebb and a flow and guys dropping shots as well as make birdies. Let's hope Sunday is the same."

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