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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 15 Jim Furyk

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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 15: Jim Furyk

Born: May 12, 1970, West Chester, Pa. | Career PGA Tour Wins: 17 | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,732,664 (16th) | World Ranking: 15

Gary Williams' Take: A wrist injury that required surgery has temporarily derailed Furyk, who will miss The Masters, but once he returns, look for him to make up for lost time in this Ryder Cup year. Destined for the World Golf Hall of Fame, Furyk is currently in the top 5 all time in PGA Tour earnings. The value of that is up to each fan to determine, but his insanely consistent production year in and year out is almost unmatched. He is the consummate professional in preparation, his will simply to compete is endearing, and few players are more well respected than Furyk. After his heartbreaking losses of 2012 — including a singles defeat in the Ryder Cup to Sergio Garcia at Medinah — it was reasonable to think he would never appear on another national team, but he has been on every team since. You can expect him to be at Hazeltine, and not simply as a vice captain.

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Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 82
Wins: 1
2015 Performance:
    Masters – Cut
    U.S. Open – T42
    British Open – T30
    PGA Championship – T30
Best Career Finishes
    Masters - 4 (1998, 2003)
    U.S. Open - 1 (2003)
    British Open - 4/T4 (1997, ’98, 2006, ’14)
    PGA Championship - 2 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 22
Top-25 Finishes: 40
Missed Cuts: 16

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