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Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk: Will be playing in his eighth Ryder Cup.

Jim Furyk: Will be playing in his eighth Ryder Cup.

Biography

Furyk has been an absolute mainstay of the US team over the last 15 years, playing in every Ryder Cup since his debut at Valderrama at 1997.

Fact Box

  • Along with Phil Mickelson, Furyk is the only ever present on the US team over the last seven Ryder Cups.
  • Furyk's father Mike is the only instructor he has ever had. His quirky swing was described by commentator David Feherty as looking like, "an octopus falling out of a tree."
  • He reached a career high of second in the world rankings in September 2006 after winning the Canadian Open.

However, it means his participation has coincided with Europe's golden years in the event so the 2003 US Open champion has only twice finished on the winning side, on home soil at Brookline in 1999 and Valhalla in 2008.

Skipper Davis Love feels the steady Furyk can be paired with anyone on the team and, in theory, that looks the case.

But a flick through the record books shows that his Ryder Cup foursomes and fourballs record is dire, his stats in the latter showing just one win and eight defeats in 10 matches.

His singles record does warrant respect though. He's won four of his seven matches and halved another.

If Love's opinion doesn't stack up historically in the Ryder Cup, Furyk showed what he's capable of in the team format by winning five points out of five in the 2011 Presidents Cup.

He also has some Medinah form, having finished eighth in the 1999 USPGA held there.