Jim Furyk Q & A
September 02, 2015
By By Kenneth Quillinan , Special to PGATOUR.COM
- September 02, 2015
- Jim Furyk of the U.S. Team hits his tee shot on the third hole during the Day Four Singles Matches of the 2011 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Course. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Q: Will this be your first trip to Korea?
Furyk: No, my second trip. I played in the Shinhan Donghae Open back in 2007. I really enjoyed the event and Seoul. I do remember that the golf course we played was very hilly!
Q: How pleasing was it to pick up your 17th win on the PGA TOUR earlier this year at the RBC Heritage after nearly five years out of the winners circle? Thoughts on the winner’s jacket?
Furyk: The jacket is ugly! But I was proud to wear it. I was very frustrated to not win for four-and-a-half years, especially coming close so many times. This victory was certainly a relief!
Q: You said it is your favorite event outside of the majors; having won the US Open in 2003, which of the other three majors would you love to add to your collection?
Furyk: The Masters. But I won't be greedy; I'd like to win any. I respect the sense of belonging and the traditions the Masters winners have with the club.
Q: You have a very impressive record in the majors, yet have come up short on so many occasions. Does it frustrate or motivate you to see a record of 15 top-five finishes and three runner-up finishes?
Furyk: I would have to say both!
Q: You’ve played in seven Presidents Cup events and have been extremely successful. Which one of the victories holds the best memories for you?
Furyk: They are all special. I enjoy the team aspect and spending the week with the team and their wives/girlfriends. The tie in South Africa was crazy and very intense. I played first in the singles that day, and I was nervous for hours watching my teammates and the playoff.
Q: Nine Ryder Cup appearances has led to two victories. What do you think makes the Ryder Cup much more difficult to win for the U.S. Team in comparison to The Presidents Cup?
Furyk: We are in the process of figuring that out right now in the US. I think there have been a number of things we can improve upon. But, we have also played tight and have not played as well as the Euros.
Q: What’s your opinion of the U.S. Team, and in particular the new world number one Jordan Spieth?
Furyk: Jordan has been phenomenal this year. I am impressed with his maturity not only on the course, but he is also very mature off the course and with the media.
Q: What was your reaction to David Feherty’s witty description of your swing? “Like an octopus falling out of a tree’’…accurate?
Furyk: I thought it was funny!! David usually is…
Q: Was there ever a day when you were younger where you worked on changing your unique swing?
Furyk: One summer before my senior year of college. I didn't trust my swing as much, and I decided with my father to rely on what came natural.
Q: Are Cali and Tanner showing any interest in golf?
Furyk: A little bit. Cali plays, but Tanner is 11 and starting to show some interest. I try not to push them at all.
Q: Can you tell us more about Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation and the progress it has made since 2010?
Furyk: Our mission is to help children and families in need in Northeast Florida. We have grown significantly in the last five years and host about five fundraising events each year. Our biggest fundraiser is a celebrity golf tournament and concert that now raises around $500,000 annually. We try to be very project-specific and have partnered with many wonderful charities including Blessings in a Backpack, Wolfsons Children's Hospital and Community PedsCare, to name a few.
Q: Why have you always used a cross-handed putting grip, and have you ever tried to putt the other way?
Furyk: My father started me that way as a child. I believe I have putted with a conventional grip less than four weeks in my life.
Q: In the current top 10 world rankings, you are the only player over 40 and also the only one not to use Twitter. Any chance you will be rectifying one of these anytime soon?
Furyk: Unless I fall out of the top 10! I can't get under 40! And I don't see Twitter in my future. But I won't say never...
Q: Describe your perfect day of relaxation away from the golf course?
Furyk: Cooking in the morning. Watching football with family and friends all afternoon and into the evening. And of course, eating the food I cooked!
Q: Have you thought about Rio next summer and your plans for the Olympic Games?
Furyk: I would like to make the team. Mostly because I would love to take my kids to the Olympics.
Q: An interview with Jim Furyk would not be complete without mentioning your long time, loyal caddie, Michael Thomas “Fluff” Cowan. How thankful are you for having him by your side over the past 16 years?
Furyk: He is a good man. Everyone likes Mike. I have been lucky to have him on the bag. It's nice to go to work with someone who enjoys what they do- and that describes Mike perfectly.
Q: Finally, as a seasoned veteran on the PGA TOUR, what advice would you offer to the up-and-coming pros and the next generation of golfers?
Furyk: Try to get better each and every year. Believe in yourself and the tools that got you to this point and you will be fine.