Jim Furyk: I’m A Guy They Want On Their Side

Last week, in an article for Golf Channel, Will Gray wrote, “Attention, U.S. fans. Jim Furyk is going to be on the U.S. team. The sooner we all come to accept this notion, the easier it will be to move on.”

Okay then.

“That doesn’t sound very positive,” Furyk said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones, laughing.

No, it really doesn’t. granted, Furyk has a 10-20-4 individual record in the Ryder Cup, but he’s also 20-10-3 in the Presidents Cup and has top-four finishes at all four majors, including a U.S. Open championship in 2003.

So, why is Gray so opposed to Furyk being on the team?

“I don’t know,” Furyk said. “I still have a lot of work to catch Davis’ eye to get on that team. I’ve been playing well: a couple weeks ago, I finished fifth there at Hartford, finished tenth last week with a bad finish yesterday, so I’ve been playing some very good golf. But I’m still 94th in the points, and in order to move on past Barclays to go to Deutsche Bank and the FedEx Cup playoffs, I still need to play well this week to kind of get those opportunities. But yeah, I’ve played on nine of those teams. I think I’ve provided a lot of leadership. I think that’s why Davis asked me to be an assistant if I don’t make the team.

“The gentleman that’s writing may have an issue, but he’s entitled to his opinion,” Furyk said of Gray. “But I think when we get in that team room and whether I’m playing, whether I’m an assistant, I think the guys that have been through that with me – through the Ryder Cups, through the Presidents Cups – know that I’m dependable. I’m a guy that they want on their side. I really value their opinion more than anything else.”

Furyk, 46, has greatly enjoyed playing in the Ryder Cup.

“Love it,” he said. “It’s my favorite. I’ve had the opportunity now to play on 17 teams to represent my country. The Ryder Cup is absolutely my favorite event, and I think probably the biggest disappointment in my career is probably (going 2-7 in the Ryder Cup). That’s teams with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson – we were the ones that were on most of those teams. We were supposed to carry the torch and provide a lot of the leadership, especially in the last 10 or 12 years. I think it’s a big disappointment to all of this. That’s why we’ve all helped out and really put a lot of effort and energy into trying to change that momentum – maybe not be so focused on now, now, now, now, but trying to provide a pathway for the future for the next 20 years so our teams can be more successful.”

2010 FedExCup Champion Jim Furyk and his wife Tabitha have teamed up with FedEx and Dress for Success to host a women’s professional attire drive this Tuesday-Thursday around this week’s Barclays tournament.

This Tuesday – Thursday, between 9:00a-12:00p, fans can bring nearly new women’s professional attire to the general parking lot for the Barclays Tournament – located at Nassau Coliseum. 

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