Jim Furyk has not gotten around to one of his duties as vice-captain to Davis Love for the upcoming U.S. Ryder Cup team, the thing about suggesting which four players he’d add.
Told that another vice-captain, fellow by the name of Tiger Woods, had reportedly handed in his four picks, Furyk appeared nonchalant. “If Tiger’s done that, my guess would be, he kind of did that on his own.”
Besides, “probably some players are in Davis’ ears, but I feel like (Love) isn’t making the picks till the BMW (Sept. 11),” so Furyk said he’s got time. Then, he added: “There could be a guy right now not necessarily on the radar . . . I’m very open-minded.”
Guy like Furyk, perhaps? After all, the positive vibes keep rolling along for the 46-year-old, who probably would have the bookmakers in a deep study if they were to figure out what the odds are of Furyk being named to a 10th team. That appeared improbable three months ago, given that Furyk had been sidelined with a wrist injury. But since the Memorial, Furyk has made the cut in each of his 10 starts and with four finishes inside the top 15, he finished 15th in the Ryder Cup standings.
With the top eight confirmed last Sunday, Furyk is now “auditioning” for one of the four captain’s picks, but that’s not the only thing he’s playing for. At 84 in the FedEx Cup standings, Furyk needs to be top 75 to get into the BMW Championship for the 10th straight year.
Just don’t think all of that weighed him down, because Furyk played a stress-free first round at the Deutsche Bank Championship Friday — three birdies to start, one birdie to finish, 15 consecutive pars in between. At 4-under 67, he was in the thick of things, competitively speaking, but miles from outside concerns.
“It’s easy to get caught up in that,” Furyk said. “There’s really nothing you can do but go play well. I’m going to try to do my best not to really pay too much attention to the scoreboard and go play golf and worry about the process more than the golf.”
Furyk said he has talked to his fellow vice-captains, Tom Lehman and Steve Stricker, but not to the point of naming names. It is widely assumed that Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar are the leading two names and that of J.B. Holmes, Bubba Watson and Furyk, two will get picked.
Furyk throwing Furyk’s name into his envelope? It’s a predicament that will be scrutinized should it come to that. But until that time arrives, the PGA Tour veteran has other things on his mind.