Furyk’s driving accuracy makes him serious US Open contender

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Jim Furyk arguably threw away the US Open last year, but based on the accuracy of his driving on the PGA Tour this season, he has the capability of going close again in the same major.

Furyk is 40/1 to win the US Open and throughout his career, the American has typically enjoyed his best results in this particular major.

Not only was he victorious a decade ago at Olympia Fields in Chicago, but he has finished in a share of second on another two occasions since.

Meanwhile, 12 months ago, Furyk held a two-stroke lead on the back-nine of the final round, before bogeying three of the closing six holes to finally end up in a tie for fourth.

So, Furyk has the pedigree to produce his best at the US Open and his performances this year to date suggest he is straight enough off the tee to challenge at Merion Golf Club.

Driving accuracy could prove especially pivotal at Merion as the course is set to measure the best part of 7,000 yards.

This could mean that the driver may have to come out of the bag more often than is typically the case and there is reason to believe it may be required at least eight times off the tee in each round to ensure optimum fairway position.

Using the driver obviously heightens the risk of finding trouble off the tee and so players featuring highly in driving accuracy statistics on the PGA Tour this season could be worth an extra look in the US Open betting.

Furyk ranks seventh in this regard, but he has played in more rounds in 2013 than all those above him barring Ken Duke.

Furthermore, although Furyk has rarely threatened to win an event this year, he has only missed the cut in one of his 12 starts.

The other player that has the driving accuracy to challenge is Henrik Stenson at 66/1, who ranks second in the area of Total Driving within the PGA Tour statistics this season.

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Craig Kemp

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