Jim Furyk named as United States Ryder Cup captain for 2018
- Author: Toni Ryan Jan 13, 2017,
Jan 13, 2017, 0:05
Furyk will be 48 when his team tee it up against Thomas Bjorn's Europe at Le Golf National, just outside Paris, in September next year.
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. He wound up not being one of Davis Love III's captain's picks, but was a vice captain as the usa defeated Europe 17-11 to end an eight-year drought in the biennial event. He set a PGA Tour record in August with a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship. Of course the next question is whether or not he will be a playing captain, which US fans likely do not want to see.
Furyk will lead the United States' attempts to retain the trophy in France next year having been named as captain by the PGA of America. Asked three months ago at Sea Island if he would accept the job, Furyk, noting that it was purely hypothetical, answered quickly: "I would accept the job". "They are loud and boisterous, and great fans and that whole atmosphere is going to present a very hard challenge for Team USA".
Furyk finished 15th on the points list last season and didn't start playing until May. To sit here as the 2018 captain is such an honour.
He said: "I get chills thinking about all the events I've been lucky enough to take part in".More news: Tarasenko powers Blues past Blackhawks in Winter Classic
The 46-year-old, twice on the winning side in the competition as a player, has yet to rule out being a player-captain next year. He has a lot of experience as a vice-captain and him and I have always been friends. It's the first time France has hosted the event.
Furyk named Davis Love III, who played collegiate golf at the University of North Carolina, his vice-captain.
"He's something I look forward to sharing this process against".
"He seem very pumped up about the role and is one of those meticulous guys who reminds me a little bit of Paul McGinley - as he isn't going to leave anything left to chance". He put a system in place, got the players behind it.
"I'm excited for him to want to be back playing, to have that hunger to be playing, I know he's working hard". "This has been my favorite event in my career".