PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO | After spending the last year and a half thinking about managing the game of others, Jim Furyk is back to thinking about his own.
The U.S. Ryder Cup captain didn’t guide his team to a victory in Paris for the Ryder Cup, but he’s found a nice refuge in Mexico for the Mayakoba Golf Classic. The El Camaleon Golf Course is fairly short and narrow, a perfect combination for Furyk to reach 13-under through the first three rounds on the strength of a third-round 5-under 66 that featured four consecutive birdies on Nos. 5-8.
“It’s kind of fun to getting back to playing again,” Furyk said. “There were a lot of weeks where I didn’t think about golf for me that much, so it’s refreshing to get back out here.”
Despite starting 1 over through four holes, Furyk made a nice charge that finished with a 3-under 32 on the back nine. It’s only his second appearance at the tournament, but he may want to continue to come back given how nicely the layout suits accurate players.
“I only played once here in 2016 and wasn’t playing well and missed the cut,” Furyk said. “I like the course. I know it usually blows more here and when it is windy, you have to strike it well.”
Furyk has had to deal with a plethora of Ryder Cup questions after an ugly loss to the Europeans that ended in Patrick Reed making biting remarks about how the team was managed. Nonetheless, Furyk has never wavered in his love for the Ryder Cup and getting to serve as captain.
“Those will always be my players,” Furyk said. “I have a lot of respect for them. Any time you go into a tournament like that and you have that team atmosphere… I love those guys and am always pulling for them and cheering them on.”