Category: Jim Furyk


September 24, 2013

Video: Furyk shot what? PGA Tour's FedEx Cup 'rap' fails

Posted at 12:32 PM by Pete Madden

Quick question: Is a music video featuring 43-year-old Jim Furyk rapping about his 59 at Conway Farms a good idea?

No, of course not. But in an apparent attempt to piggyback on the social media success of the "Golf Boys" and hype the FedEx Cup playoffs, the PGA Tour let it happen.

Geoff Shackelford said it best:

"The word pathetic comes to mind annually when watching the PGA Tour attempt to make FedEx feel like they are getting their $50 million or so dollars for sponsoring the lamest 'playoff' in sports," writes Shackelford, "but rarely are the attempts in any way awkward, brutally annoying or disturbing in the amount of man hours so clearly devoted to the cause. Until now."

UPDATE: The above video has been taken off of the PGA Tour's YouTube page, but the lyrics, transcribed here by Ryan Ballengee, are a fun read. Something tells me that "I hope to play great and get real hot / Gotta grind it out, man, on every shot" won't exactly be going down alongside the words of Biggie and Tupac in the annals of hip-hop history.

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April 12, 2013

Duval says Tiger, Furyk, Harrington are slow players

Posted at 6:27 PM by Mike Walker

He named names!

2001 British Open champion David Duval took to Twitter on Friday after Tianling Guan was penalized one stroke for slow play during the second round of the Masters. Duval said it was unfortunate that Guan received the penalty because there are many other slow-playing professional golfers, including Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk.

Guan's penalty might have caused the 14-year-old from China to miss the cut. He shot 73 on Thursday and 75 on Friday, leaving him at 4-over for the tournament. The top 50 and all players within 10 strokes of the lead play the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once ranked No. 1 in the world, Duval, 41, is not in the field at the Masters this week; he's missed the cut in all four of his PGA Tour starts this season.

January 11, 2013

They Said It! Top 10 Quotes of the Week for Jan. 11, 2013

Posted at 2:46 PM by Mike Walker

Furyk1. “I’m going to have to stick a knife in my heart at the end of this.”

Jim Furyk, discussing his painful losses in 2012 in the February issue of Golf Magazine

 

 

Tiger2. “Tiger Woods demands $3 million just for an appearance, if he were to compete in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters -- which is not worth paying for a tournament of $2.5 million prize money.”

Hassan al Nuaimi, president of the Qatar Golf Association

 

Keith3. "That's a ten-stroke f---ing penalty, and if you ever do it again I'll do the same to you!"

Keith Richards, after shooting a golf ball that landed in his breakfast, according to a new book by Stones saxophone player Bobby Keys

 

 

Paddy4."I'll still be playing competitive golf
when I'm 70."

Padraig Harrington, at the Volvo Champions in South Africa

 

 

Ernie

5. “They should put a plaque down. I was coming from a different ZIP code. And I’ve got to compete against these animals!”

Ernie Els, after playing partner Nicolas Colsaerts hit a 419-yard drive at the Volvo Champions in South Africa

 

Marino6. “The guy is like a God over there
in Scotland.”

Steve Marino, on playing with Tom Watson in the 2009 Open Championship at Turnberry

 

 

Jamiefarr7. “I will always appreciate the loyal and generous support of our faithful sponsors, volunteers, fans, media and LPGA golf professionals and I extend a special thanks to all of them.”

Actor Jamie Farr, on stepping down as host of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic LPGA Tour event after 28 years

 

Monty8. "I've never canvassed, as I didn't last time. I've not spoken to anybody about this. But I've always felt that if I was asked I would do it and that's still the case."

Colin Montgomerie, on his interest in being captain of the 2014 European Ryder Cup team

 

Keegan9. "He's in my ear the whole way,
telling me I suck, telling me I'm going to choke."

Keegan Bradley, on beating Michael Jordan at golf

 

 

 

Finchem10. “From an image standpoint, I like the way Rory handles himself off the golf course.”

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem, on Rory McIlroy’s breakout season in 2012

November 28, 2012

Pros at Tiger's tournament react to ban on anchored putting stroke

Posted at 3:51 PM by Jessica Marksbury

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Golf Magazine's Jessica Marksbury tracked down several pros, including U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson, right, during pro-am day at the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Here's what they had to say about the proposed anchoring ban that was announced today:

Keegan Bradley: "I'm just going to go along with what the USGA says. They're making the rules. I don't agree with it, but I understand that they're trying to protect the game the best they can. I'm going to go with the flow. [The ban] is not going to take place for another three years, so I've got some time to adjust."

Mark O'Meara: "I've always felt like it was probably a little bit of an advantage when you can anchor a putter somewhere against your body, so it's almost like a teaching aid, so I don't have a problem with [the ruling]. I think it's probably the right call. But I don't know about [the three-year grace period]. I'd put it in effect right away. If you're going to make a call, let's not go with a 'fiscal cliff' deal. Let's just make the call. Maybe a one-year grace period, but not three years."

Dustin Johnson: "I don't care. It really doesn't bother me one way or the other. I'll putt with a short putter."

Bo Van Pelt: "It's tough, just because so many guys have used anchoring for a long time, and to go back in retrospect and change something that's been allowed. I use the short putter, but there was a period in my career where I did use the belly putter and kind of went away from it, so I think you just kind of wait back and see. There are a lot of opinions and talk out there right now, and until they put something in stone, it's not going to affect me. I'm using a short putter now for the rest of my career, so it will be interesting to see what comes forward."

Webb Simpson: "I knew it was coming, and I don't feel any different than what I've been saying this whole time. It is what it is."

Bubba Watson: "My reaction is: three years from now? Some of the people are probably going to be retired by then. ... I don't understand. They make a rule, but [it goes into effect] three years from now. If they make a rule, why wouldn't it be immediate? It's just funny how it is. But a lot of people have some disagreements about it. But they changed the grooves and now they're changing the anchoring. If they make the rule change, then it's what they do, you know?"

Jason Day: "I haven't really thought about it. I can see it from both sides. I mean, some people think it might be a training aid, but you still have to putt the ball. It doesn't matter, you still have to hole the ball. I don't know where I'm at on it. Indifferent, really. I'm just staying out of the picture because a lot of guys use it, and I don't want to piss anyone off, so I'm staying out of it."

Hunter Mahan: "I guess I've never been a fan of anchoring. It kind of defeats the purpose to some of the game, and what the purpose of putting is, because putting is all about pressure and it's all about feel and it's all about handling adversity, handling things. With the anchoring in there it kind of takes that out of play, so I think it just kind of defeated the purpose. And I think the fact that kids or anyone just starting the game was starting with the belly putter was the main issue, so I think they had to act. You feel bad for guys who have never used a short putter before. I know guys like Keegan and Webb haven't used [a short putter] much in their whole careers, so I think that's unfortunate. But I think it's for the betterment of the game to make this ruling the way they did. And there's plenty of time, three full years. And I know Webb's putted with short putters before, and most all the guys that use a belly putter have used a short putter before, so I don't think it's going to be a drastic change for them. They're good players; they know how to adjust to things."

Jim Furyk: "We as a Tour were given a heads-up that something may be coming, so right now I think I'll go with what the Tour stated, that we really need to look at what they're trying to do and see how it affects us as a Tour, how it affects the game, and how it affects the players on our Tour and kind of figure out what we want to do from there. It would be kind of foolish for me, because of being on the board and because I represent all the players of the PGA Tour, to go out there and give you my personal opinion, just because I represent something much bigger and greater than that."

Brandt Snedeker: "I think that they're doing what they think is right. I'm 100 percent supportive of them. I've been against the belly putter for the last couple of years, and I think they're doing what they think is in the best interest of the game of golf in the long run, not what's in the best interest of the game of golf right now, but in the next 20 years of where they see the golf game going. I think we, as players, are kind of short-sighted, for the most part. We see how it affects us and what we do for a living, but the USGA has a responsibility to the bigger part of the game to make sure that we're heading in the right direction for the future of golf, and I support them 100 percent."

Graeme McDowell: "I thought they were very careful and very considered in their statements. They came up with the only verdict that they could have, really. Something had to be done. The integrity of the putting stroke had changed, and it's important going forward that they nip it in the bud, and I don't think anyone is surprised by what they've come up with. It's important it was done, and I think it's good for the game going forward."

(Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images)

October 22, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Tommy Gainey credits Jim Furyk for winning advice

Posted at 10:51 AM by Mark Dee

Memo to Jim Furyk: Helping out a guy who's down may come back to bite you. Or, in this case, beat you.

That's what happened Sunday afternoon, when Tommy "Two-Gloves" Gainey won The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Ga., to claim his first tour title. Gainey blistered the Seaside Course en route to a final-round 60, beating David Toms by one, and the 54-hole leader, Jim Furyk, by two.

But, according to Gainey, it wouldn't have happened without a little advice he received last year from Furyk, the man he beat. Here's the story from the grateful champ, which he told after a heads-up question from Stephanie Wei at WeiUnderPar.com:

He asked to play nine holes with me…Let me tell you, I was very happy to hear that he wanted to play nine holes with me because I mean he's won 16 times.  To win 16 times out here is unheard of, unless you're Tiger or Phil or Vijay.  So I was very happy to hear that.

…He just told me, he said, Tommy, when you were on the mini tours, you were kicking their tail and now you get out here and you struggle a little bit.  He said, 'Man, don't change your game.  Just keep going at it.' He said, 'You got the game to be out here and to win.  Just keep your head up and just keep trying, and sooner or later it's going to happen.'

And you know, who knows what would have happen if we didn't play nine holes together, or even had a talk.  So I mean I appreciate all the help I can get because, you know, I know I'm 37, considered a veteran maybe, but you know, I'm still young when it comes to out here. I'm looking forward to all the help I can get because when you got a player like Jim Furyk or anybody else of that stature that wants to help you, it's definitely in my favor to listen.

Well, we're not sure how much more help Tommy is going to get, or who is qualified to give it to him. Paging David Duval: What does a guy have to do to shoot 59?

RELATED PHOTOS: 2012 McGladrey Classic

September 25, 2012

Ryder Cup Twitter roundup: Best tweets from players, WAGs and celebrities

Posted at 9:44 AM by Golf.com

Players from both teams enjoy the days before competition begins:

Many of the players wives and girlfriends (WAGs) will be in attendance this week:

Celebs and fellow golfers share their Ryder Cup excitement and show their support:

Fans arrive to the course for practice rounds and the U.S. Past Captain/Celebrity Scramble:

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Both U.S. and Europe team members express their excitement for the week as they arrive in Chigago:

Everyone on the plane to Chicago for RYDER CUP........... Yeh #Avit t.co/cf5XmPOr

— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) September 24, 2012
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Let's go USA! So pumped for the Ryder Cup. Out at Medina right now!

— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) September 24, 2012

Just landed in Chicago. Enroute to team hotel. To say I'm excited is an understatement. Team get together this evening. #itbegins#Europe

— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) September 24, 2012

Just landed in Chicago!! #RyderCup

— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 24, 2012

Rory McIlroy looks back at his favorite moments from the 2010 Ryder Cup:


Rory McIlroy on WhoSay
September 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Davis Love's Ryder Cup picks too personal?

Posted at 11:27 AM by Mark Dee

We know how this works by now. Davis Love picks four of the best American golfers in the world. We cry doom and injustice that he didn't pick one of the other best American golfers in the world. Then, we watch the Ryder Cup: If his guys win, Love's a golfing Bill Belichick; if they lose, he's Josh McDaniels.

Until then, though, let the rampant and unchecked speculation begin.

The most curious cry coming across the interwebs is this: Did Davis Love pick with his heart and not with his head? John Feinstein at The Golf Channel and ESPN's Michael Collins seem to think so. Both allege cronyism.

Feinstein, immediately after prefacing his thought by saying no one should accuse Love of "playing favorites," does just that, questioning the pick of Brandt Snedeker:

No one would ever accuse Love, one of the game’s good guys, of playing favorites but it’s worth pointing out that Snedeker and Love are both represented by the same company. Snedeker is part of what is known on Tour as the “Sea Island mafia,” – players like Love, Snedeker, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Jonathan Byrd who all live in Sea Island, Ga.

Another Golf Channel guy, Rex Hoggard, whose article features some great in-the-war-room color, quotes assistant Captain Mike Hulbert as saying that Love was thrilled to make his last phone call to Snedeker. "“He was most excited for Snedeker,” Hulbert told Hoggard. “Davis was pacing around the room he was so happy for him.”

Of course, it would be more fun to call a guy you picked than the five or six you didn't. According to Hoggard, Love called everyone in consideration: Hunter Mahan, the last man left on the bubble, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney, Bill Haas, Bo Van Pelt…all the way down to Robert Garrigus. All of this happened late in the game, too: Love, according to Hulbert, was still 50/50 on his last pick until 6:45 on Monday night.

Meanwhile, Michael Collins is skeptical of another pick. He (quite adamantly) thinks that Love's selection of his friend Jim Furyk -- a surprise pick to many golf fans, based on his recent poor performances under pressure -- was the example of heart-clouding-head.

"Congratulations Captain Love, you made three really solid picks," Collins said on ESPN.com. "But one of them? You made a mistake. You chose a friend, over business, and that may cost us the Ryder Cup."

Collins makes his case in the video below:

I'm sure all parties involved will have a great time asking and answering questions about this over the next few weeks. The Ryder Cup hype machine is motoring along at full bore. And sorry, FedEx, your Cup is going to get caught in its long shadow.

Photos: The U.S. Ryder Cup Team | The European Team
Related: 2012 Ryder Cup Preview

August 09, 2012

Ryder Cup Press Conference: Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal talk teams, picks

Posted at 9:05 AM by Mark Dee

This week's PGA Championship is the last chance for Americans to pick up Ryder Cup points. And majors count double. With 51 days until the first ball is struck at Medinah, team captains Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal fielded questions at Kiawah Island. But they weren't asked about their chances this week on the Ocean Course. The two men talked captain's picks and course setups and shared a few memories on Wednesday afternoon:

MODERATOR: José Maria, start with you, please. Some thoughts about how your team at this point is shaping up.
Olazabal:
Well, at the moment, I'm really happy. Every one of those ten players that are in today have Ryder Cup experience, all of them; in that regard, I'm really pleased. Obviously there are certain players that might not be at their best at the moment, but as you said, there is 51 days to go, and I'm pretty sure that they will be okay by then.

MODERATOR: Thank you. Davis, comments on your team. The top eight, again, will be in by the end of this Sunday.
Love III:
Right. Obviously a big week for us, the PGA Championship and the end of the points on Sunday. I know there's several guys that are working really hard to try to make the team. So hopefully they will relax and just play the PGA this week and work their way in. But our team is shaping up very well. A lot of guys are playing well, as José Maria said, all our top really 12 to 15 guys seem to be playing very, very well.

We are very excited about it. It was a great win for Keegan [Bradley] last week and a great putt on the last hole, and obviously Jim [Furyk] is playing very well week-in and week-out now. A lot of guys-- there's not a whole lot of movement, but we have a whole lot of guys playing very, very well top to bottom.

MODERATOR: Thank you, both. And again, officially Tiger Woods is the only player on the United States Team who has officially clinched a spot for the U.S.

What about Mr. Woods?
Q. Haven't asked much about Tiger, and obviously he is your one guy right now that's in. Wondering, first of all, if you've talked to him about maybe any pressure he's feeling, not been part of a winning team since 1999, and have you picked his brain a little bit about the secret to Medinah, because he seems to have figured it out from an individual standpoint?
Love III:
I've talked to him about several things but not about specifically how to play Medinah. I played with him at least two rounds one year when he won there, and I saw how he did it. He hit it really long and straight and made a lot of putts, and that seemed to work real well for him.

But like José Maria said, this is a big week and a lot of those things are starting to come together. Obviously when the team is set, then I can say, who wants to go play, and who doesn't know the course. Tiger doesn't need to go, but maybe he can tell us something to do when we do go.

I think these guys in this day and age, you see-- I heard maybe Geoff Ogilvy came here or somebody came, Adam Scott came and played early or Tiger came and played early. Guys know how to prepare now and I think don't have to tell them a whole lot about how to get ready for a golf course. I'm relying on Tiger and Stricker and Furyk, like I said earlier, to help me make those decisions and help me make assistant captain's decisions and things like that, and the golf course is going to be a big one. Luckily we know Medinah pretty well. Guys on both sides, they know the golf course pretty well. We are pretty used to it. Maybe there's some Keegan Bradleys and Rory McIlroys that are younger that don't know it. But a lot of our guys have seen it or seen something very similar to it.

Good omen for Jim Furyk?
In addition to mentioning him above, Love refered postively to Furyk and other Ryder Cup veterans -- notably Steve Stricker and Phil Mickelson -- multiple times in the press conference. Both Furyk (11th in points) and Stricker (10th) will need a Captain's selection if they don't make up ground this week.

Love, though, didn't say too much about who he's considering with his picks:

Well, I've said several times, we'll be plugging holes, matching pairings, things like that. Obviously if Steve Stricker was on the outside, we have a guy that likes to play with him, that's a lock...So you look at things like that. You want some hot putters. You might want another long-ball hitter. But I think this week is important, because it ends the points. But it's just as important as any of the guys who play at Greensboro or who plays well at Barclays. That's what we're looking for.

A Seve story, for old time's sake:
Olazabal: Regarding moments or something to remember from The Ryder Cup that we played here in'91 with Seve [Ballesteros], I would go to one of the first matches that we played, the way we started. We were hitting the ball all over the place. We ended up winning the match, and, you know, certain moments. For instance, I remember the second hole, the par5. He snap-hooked the tee shot way left into the water and I have to drop it on the ladies tee, that's how bad he hit the tee shot. (Laughter.)

I hit it onto the fairway. Obviously the U.S. Team was, like always, right in the middle of the fairway. They hit the second shot short of the green in two; Seve hit a 4-iron and blocked it right into the trees, left me against the tree, and I have to chip it out. And obviously we are lying five and the U.S. Team is like two, and I look at Seve, and I said, what the hell are we doing here, let's pick the ball up and go to the third hole. And in those days, the green had water front and water on the back. Seve said, "Just hold on a second. If we chip-and-putt, we make 7." Yes, correct, Seve. That's true.

"Well, if they miss the chip and hit it in the water and drop it and chip it on to the green and make two putts, what do they do? Seven. So we still have a chance. Let's go." (Laughter.)

So you know, that's one of the stories.

August 03, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Drives are flying far at Firestone

Posted at 1:16 PM by Mark Dee

Forget Goodyear. Golf balls were flying on wings of their own Thursday at Firestone.

The first round featured three drives over 400 yards, and a ridiculous 58 over 350, according to Randall Mell of the GolfChannel.com. That number was no doubt helped by Bubba Watson, who paced the field with a comical average of 351.5. That's nearly 40 yards longer than his tour-leading season average of 313.7. And jumps like that were seen accross the board. Even light-hitting Jim Furyk averaged 309 yards a pop en route to a first-round 63, a mere 30 yard uptick over his season average.

Of course, no one does it quite like Bubba:

Watson hit his driver 11 times in the first round.

How many fairways did he hit?

“I don’t know,” Watson said. “I shot 4 under. That’s all I know.”

Yes you did, Bubba. Fire away.

July 13, 2012

Truth & Rumors: LeBron James names newest Nike shoe after Arnold Palmer

Posted at 12:48 PM by Mark Dee

Who is LeBronold Palmer, you ask? It's actually a "what." Specifically, it's a shoe, according to Jonathan Wall at Yahoo's Devil Ball Golf blog. That's right: King James's new Nike basketball shoe, the "LeBronold Palmer 9 low" is a shout out to The King, Arnold Palmer. Or, at least, a shout-out to a certain delicious canned beverage that shares a name with a professional golfer (an image of the beverage is emblazoned on the insole). Unclear which. LeBron tweeted out a picture of the shoe earlier this week. Drink it in, folks:

Lbjpalmer

A lot about this is hazy, but one thing here is clear: it's impossible to see those shoes and not hear Jan Hammer's synth-y theme to Miami Vice pinging in your head. Welcome to 1986, Miami, prepare to ride a New Wave. Our current over/under on how many pairs Pat Riley will purchase: seven.

Fairway Feud
The Casta del Sol golf course in Mission Viejo, Calif. is usually a quiet place to play the game of kings. Most courses are. But on Thursday things went Royal Rumble in the 18th fairway, as ABC 7 of Los Angeles reports. According to police, that's where Michael Payne picked a fight with the entire foursome ahead of him. The cause? Payne allegedly claimed they were stealing the golf balls he couldn't find:

Investigators accuse the 46-year-old Payne of punching one golfer in the face, then attacking Chambers' friend with a golf club, bashing him on the wrist as the victim tried to leave in a golf cart.

"He got in the cart to go get the marshal and go get help, and then he was chased down by the golfer with a golf club," said Chambers.

Payne then allegedly ran to the hillside.

The wrist looks like the worst injury. His playing partner put it in terms sure to horrify anyone who loves the game: "It's bad enough that he's not going to be golfing here anytime soon."

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