Furyk in 2010
|Full name||James Michael Furyk|
May 12, 1970 |
West Chester, Pennsylvania
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Residence||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida|
|Spouse||Tabitha (m. 2000)|
|Children||Caleigh Lynn (b. 2002)
Tanner James (b. 2003)
|College||University of Arizona|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour (joined 1994)|
|Former tour(s)||Nike Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||4th: 1998, 2003|
|U.S. Open||Won: 2003|
|The Open Championship||4th/T4: 1997, 1998, 2006|
|PGA Championship||T6: 1997|
|Achievements and awards|
|FedEx Cup Champion||2010|
|PGA Player of the Year||2010|
Player of the Year
James Michael Furyk (born May 12, 1970) is an American professional golfer, 2010 FedEx Cup champion, and 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year. He has won one major championship, the 2003 U.S. Open. Furyk is known for consistently playing at the top level and for a visibly unconventional, looping golf swing. Due to his ability to perform at such a high level despite that swing and his deliberate approach to the game, his devoted fan base has given him the nicknames "The Grinder" and "The Businessman". In September 2006 he reached a career high of second in the Official World Golf Ranking. He ranked in the top-10 for over 350 weeks between 1999 and 2010.
Furyk was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. At that time, his father Mike was an assistant pro at Edgmont Country Club and later also spent time as a pro at West Chester Golf and Country Club as well as Hidden Springs Golf Course in Horsham. His early years were spent in the Pittsburgh suburbs learning the game from his father, who was head pro at Uniontown Country Club. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in Lancaster County in 1988, where he played basketball in addition to being a state champion golfer. He played college golf at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he was an All-American twice and led the Wildcats to their first (and only) NCAA title in 1992.
The only instructor he has ever used is his father, Mike Furyk, which may account for his unusual swing.
Furyk turned professional in 1992. He won the NIKE Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic on the Nike Tour in 1993. He joined the PGA Tour in 1994 and won at least one tournament each year between 1998 and 2003. At the time, this was the second-best streak of winning seasons behind Tiger Woods and he made the top ten in the Official World Golf Ranking. Furyk's biggest win to date came on June 16, 2003, when he tied the record for the lowest 72-hole score in U.S. Open history to win his first major championship.
In 2004, he only played in fourteen events after missing three months due to surgery to repair cartilage damage in his wrist; he missed six cuts and his highest finish was T6, which caused him to fall out of the top hundred on the money list. He returned to good form in 2005 and regained his top ten ranking, winning a PGA Tour event in that year and two in 2006.
In the 2006 season, he finished a career-high second on the money list and won the Vardon Trophy for the first time. He also had a career-best thirteen top-10 finishes, including nine top-3s, four second-place finishes, and two victories.
The 2010 season was a banner one for Furyk. After going more than two seasons winless, he won a career-best three tournaments on Tour in 2010: The Transitions Championship, the Verizon Heritage, and the season-ending Tour Championship. Furyk's victory in the Tour Championship also earned him the 2010 FedEx Cup after winning by one stroke. His accomplishments in 2010 won him both the PGA Player of the Year and PGA Tour Player of the Year for the first time.
The swing 
Jim Furyk's trademark looping golf swing begins with a setup that has the ball at the heel of the club instead of the center, or even out at the toe. This moves his 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) frame in so close that his hands are virtually touching his thighs. Most golfers would have a difficult time with a golf club from such a starting point. Compare Furyk's setup to the more textbook setup of Tiger Woods, who begins with his hands 8 inches or so away from his body, a position that promotes a take-away that will put the golf club over his right shoulder at the top, and keep his right elbow tucked against his body. For a human being, this is the classic launch position. Since the beginning of time it has been used to throw a stone, a spear, a baseball, or swing a club. The big muscles of the body—the back, shoulders and thighs—are in control, not the weaker ones in the hands and wrists. The athlete (or hunter in early times) is said to be "loaded." His entire body is poised in the optimum power position.
Furyk, by contrast, takes the club away in the manner of a basketball player shooting a hook shot. His arms move back vertically, and at the top his right elbow "flies away" from his body. Tall players tend toward more upright swings. While this manner of beginning doesn't promote power, it is an early step to facilitate accurate ball-striking. The club's shaft is nearly vertical, like a putter. It moves straight back and straight up, keeping it on path longer, which tends to reinforce in the mind the route along which to bring it back into the ball. At the top of the backswing, Furyk is in the same position as Jack Nicklaus would be—club shaft parallel to the intended line of flight, elbow flying off to who-knows-where. Starting the downswing, Furyk then "corrects" for his unconventional takeaway by dropping his right elbow into the slot where it needs to be, a move that brings the golf club onto the proper swing path to achieve sound results. It's this downswing beginning that produces the idiosyncratic loop in his swing.
As Mike Furyk describes in a Golf Digest issue in 2001, Jim Furyk's hips "underturn" during the backswing and "overturn" coming down. On the downswing, he draws the club in a large arc behind his body (viewing from his right hand side), then pastes his elbow against his right hip at impact. Golf commentator Gary McCord has said it looks like Furyk is trying to swing inside a phone booth. Another commentator David Feherty memorably described Furyk's swing as "an octopus falling out of a tree". Others have noted it reminds them of "a one-armed golfer using an axe to kill a snake in a telephone booth."
This move was controversial during Jim Furyk's early career; however, his father never forced him to change what came naturally to him. Jim Furyk's well-known ball-striking precision is now serving him well on the professional tour.
Furyk, however, isn't the first professional golfer to show us that a swing that defies convention—and countless books and articles on golf—can be successful. Nicklaus' swing was upright, with a flying elbow—and one of the biggest loopers of all time was Lee Trevino.
Professional wins (26) 
PGA Tour wins (16) 
|Major championships (1)|
|FedEx Cup playoff event (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (14)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Oct 15, 1995||Las Vegas Invitational||67-65-65-67-67=331||–28||1 stroke||Billy Mayfair|
|2||Feb 18, 1996||United Airlines Hawaiian Open||68-71-69-69=277||–11||Playoff||Brad Faxon|
|3||Oct 18, 1998||Las Vegas Invitational||67-68-69-63-68=335||–25||1 stroke||Mark Calcavecchia|
|4||Oct 17, 1999||Las Vegas Invitational||67-64-63-71-66=331||–29||1 stroke||Jonathan Kaye|
|5||Mar 6, 2000||Doral-Ryder Open||65-67-68-65=265||–23||2 strokes||Franklin Langham|
|6||Jan 14, 2001||Mercedes Championships||69-69-69-67=274||–14||1 stroke||Rory Sabbatini|
|7||May 24, 2002||Memorial Tournament||71-70-68-65=274||–14||2 strokes||John Cook, David Peoples|
|8||Jun 15, 2003||U.S. Open||67-66-67-72=272||–8||3 strokes||Stephen Leaney|
|9||Aug 3, 2003||Buick Open||68-66-65-68=267||–21||2 strokes|| Briny Baird, Chris DiMarco,
Geoff Ogilvy, Tiger Woods
|10||Jul 3, 2005||Cialis Western Open||64-70-67-69=270||–14||2 strokes||Tiger Woods|
|11||May 7, 2006||Wachovia Championship||68-69-68-71=276||–12||Playoff||Trevor Immelman|
|12||Sep 10, 2006||Canadian Open||63-71-67-65=266||–14||1 stroke||Bart Bryant|
|13||Jul 29, 2007||Canadian Open||69-66-69-64=268||–16||1 stroke||Vijay Singh|
|14||Mar 21, 2010||Transitions Championship||67-68-67-69=271||–13||1 stroke||K. J. Choi|
|15||Apr 18, 2010||Verizon Heritage||67-68-67-69=271||–13||Playoff||Brian Davis|
|16||Sep 26, 2010||The Tour Championship||67-65-70-70=272||–8||1 stroke||Luke Donald|
PGA Tour playoff record (3–8)
|1||1996||United Airlines Hawaiian Open||Brad Faxon||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|2||1997||United Airlines Hawaiian Open||Mike Reid, Paul Stankowski||Stankowski won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Reid eliminated with par on first hole
|3||1998||Buick Classic||J.P. Hayes||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2001||WGC-NEC Invitational||Tiger Woods||Lost to birdie on seventh extra hole|
|5||2003||Ford Championship at Doral||Scott Hoch||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|6||2005||Wachovia Championship||Sergio García, Vijay Singh||Singh won with par on fourth extra hole
Garcia eliminated with par on first hole
|7||2005||Michelin Championship at Las Vegas||Wes Short, Jr.||Lost to par on second extra hole|
|8||2006||Wachovia Championship||Trevor Immelman||Won with par on first extra hole|
|9||2007||Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial||Bernhard Langer, Rory Sabbatini||Sabbatini won with birdie on first extra hole|
|10||2010||Verizon Heritage||Brian Davis||Won with par on first extra hole|
|11||2012||Transitions Championship||Bae Sang-moon, Luke Donald, Robert Garrigus||Donald won with birdie on first extra hole|
Nationwide Tour wins (1) 
- 1993 (1) NIKE Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic
Other wins (9) 
- 1995 (1) Lincoln-Mercury Kapalua International
- 1997 (1) Argentine Open
- 1998 (1) Fred Meyer Challenge (with David Duval)
- 2002 (1) Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (with Rich Beem and John Daly)
- 2003 (1) PGA Grand Slam of Golf
- 2005 (1) Nedbank Golf Challenge (South Africa - unofficial money event)
- 2006 (1) Nedbank Golf Challenge (South Africa - unofficial money event)
- 2008 (1) PGA Grand Slam of Golf
- 2009 (1) Chevron World Challenge
Major championships 
Wins (1) 
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|2003||U.S. Open||3 shot lead||–8 (67-66-67-72=272)||3 strokes||Stephen Leaney|
Results timeline 
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||T45||4||T4||T10|
|The Open Championship||T41||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||4||T12||T5||T34|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T48||T34|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
- Starts – 70
- Wins – 1
- 2nd place finishes – 2
- 3rd place finishes – 0
- Top 3 finishes – 3
- Top 5 finishes – 12
- Top 10 finishes – 19
- Top 25 finishes – 20
- Missed cuts – 13
- Most consecutive cuts made – 13
- Longest streak of top-10s – 4
Results in World Golf Championship events 
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R64||R16||DNP||R16||R16||DNP||R64||R64||R32||R64|
|Accenture Match Play Championship||R16||R32||R64||R64||R32|
1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Yellow background for top-10.
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
PGA Tour career summary 
|Year||Wins (Majors)||Earnings ($)||Rank|
*As of April 14, 2013.
U.S. national team appearances 
- Ryder Cup: 1997, 1999 (winners), 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 (winners), 2010, 2012
- Presidents Cup: 1998, 2000 (winners), 2003 (tie), 2005 (winners), 2007 (winners), 2009 (winners), 2011 (winners)
- Presidents Cup record W-L-H: 10-6-2
- World Cup: 2003
See also 
- "The Daily Wrap-up, Round 4: The Tour Championship". pgatour.com. September 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-27.
- Jim Furyk Wins the Canadian Open and is the New World Number Two, Official World Golf Ranking site, September 11, 2006.
- 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
- "Players who have reached the Top Ten in the Official World Golf Ranking since 1986" (PDF). European Tour Official Guide 09 (38th ed.). PGA European Tour. 2009. p. 558. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
- "Furyk named to Ryder Cup team". September 4, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- "Jim Furyk edges Luke Donald to win Tour Championship". BBC Sport. September 27, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-28.
- Career Feats: Furyk named PGA Player of the Year; Kuchar earns first Vardon Trophy
- Furyk named PGA Tour's Player of the Year
- Patience is pivotal for inconsistent Furyk, The Scotsman, July 18, 2007
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Jim Furyk|
- Official website
- Jim Furyk at the PGA Tour official site
- Jim Furyk at the Official World Golf Ranking official site
- Site featuring Jim's instructional Short Game video.