James Michael Furyk (born May 12, 1970) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. In 2010, he was the FedEx Cup champion and PGA Tour Player of the Year. He has won one major championship, the 2003 U.S. Open. Furyk holds the record for the lowest score in PGA Tour history with a 58 which he shot during the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship.
Furyk in 2010
|Full name||James Michael Furyk|
|Born||May 12, 1970|
West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Residence||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|Spouse||Tabitha (m. 2000-present); 2 children|
|College||University of Arizona|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 1994)|
|Former tour(s)||Nike Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||4th: 1998, 2003|
|U.S. Open||Won: 2003|
|The Open Championship||4th/T4: 1997, 1998, 2006, 2014|
|PGA Championship||2nd: 2013|
|Achievements and awards|
|FedEx Cup Champion||2010|
|PGA Player of the Year||2010|
Player of the Year
|GWAA ASAP Sports/|
Jim Murray Award
|Payne Stewart Award||2016|
Furyk was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His ancestry is Czech and Polish on his mother's side and Ukrainian and Hungarian on his father's side. His father, Mike, was an assistant pro at the Edgmont Country Club and later also spent time as a pro at West Chester Golf and Country Club as well as Hidden Springs Golf Course in Horsham. His early years were spent in the Pittsburgh suburbs learning the game from his father, who was also head pro at Uniontown Country Club in Uniontown, Fayette County.
He graduated from Manheim Township High School in Lancaster County in 1988, where he played basketball in addition to being a state champion golfer. He played his junior golf at Meadia Heights Golf Club just south of Lancaster city. He played college golf at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he was an All-American twice, and led the Wildcats to their first (and only) NCAA title in 1992.
Furyk turned professional in 1992. He won the Nike Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic on the Nike Tour in 1993. He joined the PGA Tour in 1994 and won at least one tournament each year between 1998 and 2003. At the time, this was the second-best streak of winning seasons behind Tiger Woods and he made the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking. Furyk's biggest win to date came on June 15, 2003, when he tied the record for the lowest 72-hole score in U.S. Open history to win his first major championship.
In 2004, he only played in fourteen events after missing three months due to surgery to repair cartilage damage in his wrist; he missed six cuts and his highest finish was T6, which caused him to fall out of the top hundred on the money list. He returned to good form in 2005 and regained his top ten ranking, winning a PGA Tour event in that year and two in 2006. In the 2006 season, he finished a career-high second on the money list and won the Vardon Trophy for the first time. He had 13 top-10 finishes, including nine top-3s, four second-place finishes, and two victories.
The 2010 season was a banner one for Furyk. After going more than two seasons winless, he won a career-best three tournaments on Tour in 2010: The Transitions Championship, the Verizon Heritage, and the season-ending Tour Championship. His victory in the Tour Championship also earned him the 2010 FedEx Cup after winning by one stroke. His accomplishments in 2010 won him both the PGA Player of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year for the first time.
Since 2012, Furyk has come close on several occasions to winning more titles. At the 2012 U.S. Open, Furyk led after 54 holes and was still the leader deep into the final day, before snap hooking his drive into the trees at the 16th which led to a bogey and was followed by another at the 18th. He finished in a tie for fourth, two strokes behind Webb Simpson. At the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Furyk led after the first three rounds and looked set to win the championship as he held a one-stroke lead going into the final hole, but a double-bogey cost him the title to Keegan Bradley.
At the 2013 PGA Championship, Furyk led by one stroke going into the final day over Jason Dufner, but this time his lead was overturned on the front nine and he was unable to reduce the deficit as Dufner won by two strokes. Furyk's caddy since 1999 has been Mike "Fluff" Cowan, who was Tiger Woods' caddy for Woods's first two years as a professional.
On September 13, 2013, Furyk shot a 12-under-par 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, becoming just the sixth player to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event.
In July 2014, Furyk held the 54-hole lead at the RBC Canadian Open, with a three stroke advantage over his nearest competitor Tim Clark. However Clark produced five birdies in his last eight holes to claim the title, after Furyk missed a 12 footer on the 18th green to force a playoff. The three shot margin was the largest 54-hole lead Furyk has ever lost in his tour career.
In February 2015, Furyk held a one shot lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am going into the final round, but shot a two over round of 74 to finish six strokes behind Brandt Snedeker. Furyk's round was the worst of any player to finish within the top 50 on the final day. Since Furyk's last victory at The Tour Championship in 2010, he is 0-for-9 with a lead/co-lead after 54 holes. On April 19, 2015, Furyk ended the long slump when he defeated Kevin Kisner with birdie on the second playoff hole at the RBC Heritage. The victory was his second at the event and his 17th victory on the PGA Tour.
In 2015, at the BMW Championship, Furyk withdrew with a wrist injury. This was his first withdrawal since 1995, it also came at the same course he had shot a 59 two years before. Furyk qualified for the 2015 Presidents Cup team but could not play due to the same injury and instead became an assistant captain. J. B. Holmes replaced him on the team.
Furyk missed the early part of the 2016 season after under-going wrist surgery. This caused him to miss the 2016 Masters Tournament and brought to end a run of 47 consecutive major championship appearances. In June 2016, at the 2016 U.S. Open, Furyk finished in a tie for second, three shots behind Dustin Johnson at one under par. He shot a four-under round of 66 in the final round to vault up the leaderboard. This was the third time during his career Furyk had been runner-up at the U.S. Open.
On August 7, 2016, Furyk shot a 12-under-par 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, becoming the first player to shoot 58 in a PGA Tour event. This also made Furyk the first PGA Tour pro to card two rounds under 60.
On January 11, 2017, Furyk was named as the United States Ryder Cup captain for 2018. At the 2018 Ryder Cup, the U.S. lost to the Europe team, 17 1/2 to 10 1/2 at Le Golf National outside of Paris, France. Following the matches, Furyk was subject to criticism from Masters champion Patrick Reed. Reed criticized Furyk's manner of making pairings and, more specifically, his decision to break up the previously successful Reed-Jordan Spieth pairing.
As Mike Furyk describes in a Golf Digest issue in 2001, Jim Furyk's hips "underturn" during the backswing and "overturn" coming down. On the downswing, he draws the club in a large arc behind his body (viewing from his right hand side), then pastes his elbow against his right hip at impact. David Feherty described Furyk's swing as "an octopus falling out of a tree". Gary McCord said that it evokes the image of "a one-armed golfer using an axe to kill a snake in a telephone booth."
Professional wins (26)Edit
PGA Tour wins (17)Edit
|Major championships (1)|
|FedEx Cup playoff event (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (15)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Oct 15, 1995||Las Vegas Invitational||67-65-65-67-67=331||−28||1 stroke||Billy Mayfair|
|2||Feb 18, 1996||United Airlines Hawaiian Open||68-71-69-69=277||−11||Playoff||Brad Faxon|
|3||Oct 18, 1998||Las Vegas Invitational (2)||67-68-69-63-68=335||−25||1 stroke||Mark Calcavecchia|
|4||Oct 17, 1999||Las Vegas Invitational (3)||67-64-63-71-66=331||−29||1 stroke||Jonathan Kaye|
|5||Mar 6, 2000||Doral-Ryder Open||65-67-68-65=265||−23||2 strokes||Franklin Langham|
|6||Jan 14, 2001||Mercedes Championships||69-69-69-67=274||−18||1 stroke||Rory Sabbatini|
|7||May 26, 2002||Memorial Tournament||71-70-68-65=274||−14||2 strokes||John Cook, David Peoples|
|8||Jun 15, 2003||U.S. Open||67-66-67-72=272||−8||3 strokes||Stephen Leaney|
|9||Aug 3, 2003||Buick Open||68-66-65-68=267||−21||2 strokes|| Briny Baird, Chris DiMarco,|
Geoff Ogilvy, Tiger Woods
|10||Jul 3, 2005||Cialis Western Open||64-70-67-69=270||−14||2 strokes||Tiger Woods|
|11||May 7, 2006||Wachovia Championship||68-69-68-71=276||−12||Playoff||Trevor Immelman|
|12||Sep 10, 2006||Canadian Open||63-71-67-65=266||−14||1 stroke||Bart Bryant|
|13||Jul 29, 2007||Canadian Open (2)||69-66-69-64=268||−16||1 stroke||Vijay Singh|
|14||Mar 21, 2010||Transitions Championship||67-68-67-69=271||−13||1 stroke||K. J. Choi|
|15||Apr 18, 2010||Verizon Heritage||67-68-67-69=271||−13||Playoff||Brian Davis|
|16||Sep 26, 2010||The Tour Championship||67-65-70-70=272||−8||1 stroke||Luke Donald|
|17||Apr 19, 2015||RBC Heritage (2)||71-64-68-63=266||−18||Playoff||Kevin Kisner|
PGA Tour playoff record (4–8)
|1||1996||United Airlines Hawaiian Open||Brad Faxon||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|2||1997||United Airlines Hawaiian Open||Mike Reid, Paul Stankowski||Stankowski won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
Reid eliminated with par on first hole
|3||1998||Buick Classic||J.P. Hayes||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2001||WGC-NEC Invitational||Tiger Woods||Lost to birdie on seventh extra hole|
|5||2003||Ford Championship at Doral||Scott Hoch||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|6||2005||Wachovia Championship||Sergio García, Vijay Singh||Singh won with par on fourth extra hole|
Garcia eliminated with par on first hole
|7||2005||Michelin Championship at Las Vegas||Wes Short Jr.||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|8||2006||Wachovia Championship||Trevor Immelman||Won with par on first extra hole|
|9||2007||Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial||Bernhard Langer, Rory Sabbatini||Sabbatini won with birdie on first extra hole|
|10||2010||Verizon Heritage||Brian Davis||Won with par on first extra hole|
|11||2012||Transitions Championship||Bae Sang-moon, Luke Donald, Robert Garrigus||Donald won with birdie on first extra hole|
|12||2015||RBC Heritage||Kevin Kisner||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
Nike Tour wins (1)Edit
Sunshine Tour wins (1)Edit
Other wins (7)Edit
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|2003||U.S. Open||3 shot lead||−8 (67-66-67-72=272)||3 strokes||Stephen Leaney|
|The Open Championship||T45||4||T4||T10|
|The Open Championship||T41||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||4||T12||T5||T34|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T48||T34||CUT||4||T30||T59|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||5||6||7||21||14|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 13 (1994 U.S. Open – 1998 Open Championship)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 4 (1997 U.S. Open – 1998 Masters)
Results in World Golf ChampionshipsEdit
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.
1Cancelled due to 9/11
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
PGA Tour career summaryEdit
|Season||Wins (Majors)||Earnings ($)||Rank|
*As of the 2018 season.
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- Ryder Cup: 1997, 1999 (winners), 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 (winners), 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018 (non-playing captain)
- Presidents Cup: 1998, 2000 (winners), 2003 (tie), 2005 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2011 (winners)
- Presidents Cup record W–L–H: 20–10–3
- World Cup: 2003
- Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (representing PGA Tour): 2002 (winners)
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- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- "Players who have reached the Top Ten in the Official World Golf Ranking since 1986". European Tour Official Guide 09 (38th ed.). PGA European Tour. 2009. p. 558.
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- "Career Feats: Furyk named PGA Player of the Year; Kuchar earns first Vardon Trophy". PGA of America. November 15, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
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- Porath, Brendan (October 1, 2018). "Patrick Reed's Ryder Cup wrath hit multiple targets. Here's a breakdown of how and why". SB Nation. Retrieved October 27, 2018.
- "Patience is pivotal for inconsistent Furyk". The Scotsman. July 18, 2007.
- Richardson, John (June 5, 2014). 50 Greatest Golf Tips: Making the Dream Round a Reality. Belfast: Blackstaff Press. ISBN 9781634504713.
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- http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/jim-furyks-house/ Furyk House