AUSTIN, TEXAS | Once the disappointment and deflation from the 2018 Ryder Cup had begun to subside early last winter, Jim Furyk found himself on the practice tee at home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., returning to the ritual of hitting balls.
With his 49th birthday approaching in May and without full status on the PGA Tour – hard to believe for the tour’s fourth all-time leading money winner – Furyk figured he could get into enough tournaments this year to get a read on his game as he began to contemplate moving to the PGA Tour Champions in mid-2020.
The more he practiced, the more Furyk liked what was happening. He’d missed approximately six months in late 2017 and early 2018 rehabbing a bad shoulder and by the time he was healthy enough to play, he was in the heart of his Ryder Cup captaincy.
Back in grind mode, Furyk was encouraged.
Jim Furyk likely has played himself into a Masters invitation. Photo: Chris Keane, Copyright USGA
“I was practicing and...
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