PGA of America President Paul Levy today announced that Jim Furyk will serve as the United States Ryder Cup Team Captain in Paris in 2018
Furyk is the 28th U.S. Captain since the Ryder Cup began in 1927.
“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," said Levy, who joined Furyk for a news conference at PGA of America Headquarters.
“His accomplishments as a player are well known, but his inherent competitive spirit and leadership traits are what made his candidacy so attractive. Jim offers the total package and is well suited for the task at hand.”
The 46-year-old Furyk played in nine consecutive Ryder Cups (1997, ’99, 2002, ‘04, ‘06, ‘08, ‘10, ‘12, ‘14), which is the second-most appearances in U.S. Ryder Cup history. Only Phil Mickelson, with 11, played in more among Americans.
A West Chester, Pennsylvania native, Furyk was a member of winning US Ryder Cup teams in 1999, 2008 and ‘16, the latter as a Vice Captain.
A 17-time winner on the PGA Tour, Furyk also played in seven Presidents Cups, an event at which he served as a Captain’s Assistant in 2015.
“I would like to thank Davis (Love III) and the PGA of America Ryder Cup Committee for their faith in me and my selection as United States Ryder Cup Captain,” said Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion.
“I’ve said many times that the Ryder Cup is part of my DNA, so this opportunity was a privilege and honor to accept. This is a special moment for my family.”
Furyk’s first act as Ryder Cup Captain was to name Love as the first of his Vice Captains. Love served two U.S. captaincies (2012, ’16) and played in six Ryder Cups.
The United States reclaimed the Ryder Cup last October for the first time since 2008 by defeating Europe 17 - 11 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
“I am anxious to get started and recapture the momentum we enjoyed at Hazeltine, both in the team room and on the golf course,” Furyk said.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve won in Europe and I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, 45, was named 2018 European Ryder Cup Captain last month.
“I am delighted to offer my congratulations to Jim Furyk on being appointed captain of the United States Ryder Cup team for 2018,” said Bjørn.
“I have known Jim for many years and as well as being a worthy opponent and a tremendous competitor, I know he shares my passion for The Ryder Cup which ensures it will be a fantastic contest when our respective teams meet at Le Golf National in 20 months’ time.”
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