On Wednesday, the PGA of America confirmed what had been widely speculated for close to a week: Jim Furyk will captain the American side in 2018.
Furyk, who will be 48 when the biennial matches come around next, has been apart of the past 10 Ryder Cups, compiling a record of 10-20-14 in the nine that he competed in. He was an assistant captain on Davis Love III’s 2016 team that defeated the European side at Hazeltine.
“This is such an honor. I’m actually a little overwhelmed, didn’t think it would be that way,” Furyk said. “In my opinion, the Ryder Cup embodies everything that is special about golf.”
The committee that chose Furyk included PGA of America president Paul Levy, CEO Pete Bevacqua and vice president Suzy Whaley as well as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Love.
The first piece of business Furyk attended to was naming Love III as his first assistant captain.
“Davis is going to be a tough act to follow. He put a system in place, got the players behind it,” Furyk said. “His experience, two captaincies and a vice captaincy, will be priceless for me, so I’m happy to have him by my side.”
Furyk will now try to be the first captain to lead the Americans to a Ryder Cup win on home soil since Tom Watson won the 1993 Ryder Cup at The Belfry in England. The 2018 Ryder Cup will be held at Le Golf National in Paris, France. Furyk will be going up against Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, who was named European captain last month.
(Photo courtesy of Matt Lincoln/CBS 12)
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