Furyk Left Off Presidents Cup Team; Bradley In
Jim Furyk kept waiting for the phone to ring to learn about the Presidents Cup. News came from the buzz of a text message, a peculiar way to find out he would not be part of an American team for the first time since Tiger Woods was still trying to get his PGA Tour card.
U.S. captain Fred Couples used his captain’s picks Wednesday on Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old rookie and youngest American in Presidents Cup history.
“I’m disappointed,” said Furyk, who began his streak of 15 consecutive teams at the 1997 Ryder Cup. “I’m sure Dustin Johnson is disappointed and Bubba (Watson) is disappointed. Webb and Jordan, I think they’re good picks and they’re going to be excited. You’ve got to say ‘yes’ to somebody and ‘no’ to somebody.”
Getting the news through a text was awkward, especially because Furyk at first thought the picks were to be announced on Tuesday, one day after the final qualifying event at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
“I felt he would pick Webb because he was so close to making the team, the difference of about $6,000 in the last tournament,” Furyk said. “I thought I was the last guy up in the air.”
Couples said Furyk and Steve Stricker were two players “I wanted dearly to be on the team.” Stricker was runner-up at the TPC Boston to earn one of the 10 qualifying spots. Furyk essentially was beaten out by Spieth, who started the year with no status and already has a win, a runner-up after losing in a playoff and is guaranteed a trip to the Tour Championship.
Couples said he couldn’t handle a phone call, so he “took the easy way out and sent him a text.”
“The whole thing was not fun,” Couples said.
Woodstock native Keegan Bradley is on the team.
Furyk wound up 13th in the Presidents Cup standings, about $250,000 short of Zach Johnson at No. 10. Just his luck, this was a year like few others when it came to making two captain’s picks. Couples narrowed it down to Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Spieth and Simpson. Furyk is No. 15 in the world, a higher ranking than every player on the International team except for Masters champion Adam Scott. Dustin Johnson is at No. 22, one spot behind Watson in the ranking.
The Presidents Cup is Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village, where Furyk won the Memorial in 2002 and was runner-up to Tiger Woods in 2009.