AKRON, Ohio – Jim Furyk’s plans for Saturday will extend beyond a spot in the final pairing of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Furyk leads by four shots at the halfway point after back-to-back rounds of 66 at Firestone Country Club. But the Pennsylvania native and Pittsburgh Steelers fan will make the short commute from Akron to Canton following the third round in order to attend the NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony of running back and former Steelers great Jerome Bettis.
Furyk said he got to know Bettis, an avid golfer, through various charity functions and PGA Tour commercials, and received an invitation from Bettis to attend the ceremony.
“I’m friendly with him,” Furyk said. “I’m sure I was one of a thousand people to receive an invite, but I was honored to get one. I figured it would be a great, great thing to do to take the kids to see, and they’re up here with me.”
Bettis spent 10 seasons with the Steelers, winning Super Bowl XL in his final season in the league. While Furyk has played his way into a late tee time, he doesn’t anticipate any issues making the trek to see “The Bus” get enshrined.
“I’ve never been, but I hear it ends at 10:00 or 11:00. Shouldn’t be an issue to get there and see it,” he said. “It’s usually in alphabetical order, from what I understand, but when there’s a Steeler, they go last because there’s so many people that come over, they’re afraid people will leave early.”
Furyk said he also plans to attend Sunday’s exhibition game between the Steelers and Minnesota Vikings, which kicks off at 8 p.m.