Furyk refuses to blow hot air

STEVE BUFFERY

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

MARKHAM, Ont. -- Defending Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk took the high road yesterday after walking the Angus Glen course.

Furyk was one of the players who teed off in the first round at the Canadian Open on Thursday in the afternoon, when the winds consistently were blowing 16-32 kilometres an hour. The group which teed off in the morning on Thursday played in calm conditions.

Many players, such as Stephen Ames, expressed a wish yesterday that the group which played in the morning on Thursday experienced blowing winds yesterday, when it was its turn to play in the afternoon. (Players who teed off in the afternoon on Thursday, teed off in the morning yesterday and vice versa).

Furyk, however, took a different approach when asked if he hoped the guys playing in the afternoon yesterday had to endure windy conditions -- to even things out. The West Chester, Pa., native shot a second round 66 yesterday morning and sits at 135, three shots off the lead.

"Wishing ill-will probably doesn't work too well," Furyk said. "There's got to be some bad karma doing something like that.

"(Sure) you'd like to see it even out, but obviously you can't control that.

"Some weeks you're on the better end of the tee time, some weeks you're not ... I was on the good end of the tee times last week at the British Open. So at the end of the year, it all evens out."


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