Jim Furyk is out and J.B. Holmes is in for the U.S. Presidents Cup team.
Furyk will not play for the U.S. team next week in South Korea, citing a wrist injury that will prevent him from playing in his eighth Presidents Cup. However, Furyk will join the team as a fourth assistant captain on Jay Haas’s staff.
The wrist problem forced Furyk to withdraw from the final two FedEx Cup playoff events in hopes of being healthy enough to participate in the Presidents Cup.
Holmes will replace Furyk on the team. It will be Holmes’ first Presidents Cup appearance though he had a 2-0-1 record for the U.S. in the 2008 Ryder Cup matches.
“There is nothing I take more pride in than representing the United States in The Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup, and I am deeply disappointed that I will have to withdraw from playing because my wrist, although improving, is still not where it needs to be at this point,” said Furyk. “There are few people I respect more than Jay Haas, who I partnered with in The Presidents Cup in 2003 in South Africa, and I’m very grateful to accept the invitation to be part of the team as assistant captain.”
Holmes finished 12th in the Presidents Cup points race but Haas added Bill Haas and Phil Mickelson as his captain’s picks.
“My heart goes out to Jim because I know how much The Presidents Cup means to him,” said Holmes. “Obviously, he has been a leader for our team for many years and he will be greatly missed. I am, however, very honored and excited to get the call from Captain Haas to make the trip to South Korea to help the U.S. Team retain the Cup.”