PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jim Furyk is “disappointed” to miss next week’s Presidents Cup because of a nagging wrist injury, but the veteran looks forward to taking on the role of assistant captain under Jay Haas.
Furyk withdrew from the BMW Championship because of the injury to his left wrist, and he skipped last week’s Tour Championship in the hopes of healing in time to tee it up in South Korea. The 45-year-old started to hit balls earlier this week, but the injury continued to flare up after each range session.
“After hitting balls, when I could get through it, my wrist would be quite sore,” Furyk said Friday at the Web.com Tour Championship. “It just got real sore last night, very sore this morning and it made me realize it just wasn’t going to be possible. I just didn’t have enough time to heal.”
Furyk is No. 9 in the world and has been a mainstay on American teams, having played every Ryder or Presidents Cup from 1997-2012. He will be replaced on the American squad by J.B. Holmes.
“I’m disappointed,” Furyk said. “It started to hit home on Wednesday when I realized that, ‘Hey, this might not happen.’”
Furyk now plans to rest until the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January. He will still head to South Korea to assist the team, hoping to boost his credentials for a potential future captaincy of his own.
“It’s a new role, one I haven’t filled before. It’s one I’m willing to learn,” he said. “It’s something that obviously someday I’d love to be a captain of one of these teams, so to really hang out with Jay and Davis (Love III) and (Steve) Strick(er) and Freddie (Couples), I want to learn. I want to see what I can do and kind of check the ego at the door.”