The PGA of America this week announced the selection of Jim Furyk as the next Ryder Cup Captain. The 42nd Ryder Cup matches will be played September 28-30, 2018 at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France. Furyk will be the 27th Captain to march his Team into competition for the prestigious Cup.
“For more than two decades, Jim Furyk has stood proud and tall on the American golf stage and we are thrilled to have him as our Ryder Cup Captain,” announced PGA of America President Paul Levy, who joined Furyk for a news conference at PGA of America Headquarters. “His accomplishments as a player are well known, but his inherent competitive spirit and leadership traits are what made his candidacy so attractive. Jim offers the total package and is well suited for the task at hand.”(1)
Jim Furyk is a GREAT choice for this role. As he heads toward the twilight of his career, at 46, the 17-time winner on the PGA Tour still holds on to his grit, determination, and competitive nature. He, himself, has competed in 9 consecutive Ryder Cup Matches, second most by any American player ever (Phil Mickelson, 11).
“I would like to thank Davis (Love III) and the PGA of America Ryder Cup Committee for their faith in me and my selection as United States Ryder Cup Captain,” said Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open Champion. “I’ve said many times that the Ryder Cup is part of my DNA, so this opportunity was a privilege and honor to accept. This is a special moment for my family.”(1)
Not only does he have the playing experience, he also has spent time as Vice-Captain at last year’s Ryder Cup and as a Captain’s Assistant at the 2015 President’s Cup. He is a proven competitor and well-liked on Tour, attributes that will serve him well in this role.
I look forward to the next Ryder Cup Matches. Hopefully we can win it again!
(1) Excerpt from PGA of America Press release