Published: Fri, January 13, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Furyk won't rule out Ryder Cup player-captain role

JIM FURYK will be the Team USA captain at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris.

"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", PGA of America President Paul Levy said Wednesday in a statement.

Furyk had a 10-20-4 record in his nine Ryder Cup appearance, with more losses than any other American since the Ryder Cup began in 1927.

"This is such an honor. I was amazed at how many birdies he made at his home event in the Bahamas, I think he led the field in birdies", said Furyk.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn was named as Europe captain last month. Furyk has won 17 times on the PGA Tour, among them the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields outside Chicago.

He looked like he was about to play his way onto the team for the 10 time when he finished runner-up previous year at the US Open and became the first player to shoot 58 on the PGA Tour in August.

Naming Davis Love III, who led the that win at Hazeltine, a vice captain.

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"He's going to be a very tough act to follow", Furyk said from PGA of America headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

"I wanted to be relevant on the PGA Tour", Furyk said about the timing of being named captain. I get chills thinking about the events that I have been able to participate in.

There hasn't been a playing captain in the tournament since Arnold Palmer led the U.S. in 1963, although Furyk refused to rule out the possibility of him juggling both roles when questioned by the media. He played on only two winning teams, in 1999 and then in 2008.

Furyk was ultimately overlooked for a playing role but remained on the team as one of Love's assistants as the United States won for the first time since 2008.

Bjorn was quick to congratulate Furyk on his appointment as captain. Only Phil Mickelson has more Ryder Cup appearances for the US with 11 and counting. "I can't wait to start this process" The Guardian quoted Furyk as saying. "This has been my favorite event in my career".

The 2018 Ryder Cup will take place at Le Golf National in the French capital from 28-30 September.

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