Ryder Cup committee gets it right by selecting Jim Furyk as captain


Ryder Cup committee gets it right by selecting Jim Furyk as captain
  1. Ryder Cup committee gets it right by selecting Jim Furyk as captain
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    Jim Furyk is respected by golfers of all ages and has the experience to be a good…
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As fog slowly lifted from Celtic Manor in Wales on the final day of the 2010 Ryder Cup, Jim Furyk stood on the first tee straining to see down the fairway before hitting the tee shot in his match against Luke Donald.

“Jim, just follow your nose,” a fan yelled.

Furyk bent over laughing and turned in the direction of the sound and said, “That was funny,” as the crowd broke out in thunderous laughter.

It was but one of many examples as to why Furyk, despite his 10-20-4 record in the biennial slugfest between the U.S. and Europe, calls the Ryder Cup his favorite event. Now, after playing in nine competitions, surpassed only by Phil Mickelson among Americans, Furyk will lead Uncle Sam in September 2018 when the 42nd edition will be played at Le Golf National in Paris.

A committee including Tiger Woods, Mickelson and Davis Love III, who led the U.S. to a 17-11 victory at Hazeltine last October for its first win since 2008, got it right when selecting Furyk.

His experience is unquestioned; in addition to his vast record as a player, he was an assistant to Love last year and to Jay Hass in the 2015 Presidents Cup when the U.S. won in South Korea.

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He is respected by his peers, from those in their 40s (Woods and Mickelson), 30s (Zach Johnson and Bubba Watson among others) and 20s (Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler to name but three).

He’s a passionate, fierce competitor who offers no excuses and blames no one but himself when matters go wrong. And he is approachable and cooperative, a man who gives thoughtful, thorough answers to questions. It’s no surprise that in 2015 he received the ASAP Sports/Jim Murray Award from the Golf Writers Association of America for his cooperation with the media, and in 2016 was the recipient of the Payne Stewart Award given to a professional golfer who exemplifies Stewart’s values of character, charity and sportsmanship.

“Congratulations to our new Captain,” Johnson tweeted…

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