Who's who: Jim Furyk

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Who's who: Jim Furyk

  • Name:

    James Michael "Jim" Furyk
  • Also known as:

    The Grinder
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    May 12, 1970 in West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Meadia Heights GC, Lancaster, PA.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1992
  • Website:

    https://www.jimandtabithafurykfoundation.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US Open (2003). Ryder Cup player (1997, '99, 2002, '04, '06, '08, '10, '12, '14). Ryder Cup captain (2018). Presidents Cup player (1998, 2000, '03, '05, '07, '09, '11). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour, Sunshine Tour and Argentine Open winner (1997). FedEx Cup Champion (2010).

Did you know?

Known by some as "The Grinder", Furyk turned professional in 1992, joining the PGA Tour in 1994. Between 1998 and 2003 he won at least one tournament a year on the Tour, and several more thereafter. A world Top 10 player for much of his playing career, Furyk was appointed the U.S. captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Furyk's biggest win to date came in the 2003 U.S. Open. In the process of winning his first major championship, he tied the record for the lowest 72-hole score in U.S. Open history. In 2016 his name was again etched into the record books, this time as the first player to shoot 58 for a single round in a PGA Tour event. It also made him the first PGA Tour player to have two sub-60 rounds to his name.

Furyk's unconventional, looping golf swing has served him well. During his amateur and professional career, he has had only one swing coach and mentor - his father, Mike. Jim lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, not far from TPC Sawgrass.

Top tournaments won by Jim Furyk

2020
America
204 (-12)
$315,000
Pure Ins.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

204 (-12)

Prize money

$315,000

Title sponsor

Pure Ins.

Played as the Pure Insurance Championship (Sept 18-20). Jim Furyk (USA) beat Jerry Kelly (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th). Furyk joined Bruce Fleisher (1999) as the only player to win his first two PGA Tour Champions starts. [Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Poppy Hills GC, on which one round is usually played, not used in 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic considerations].

2020
America
Warwick Hills
202 (-14)
$300,000
Ally Financial

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Venue

Warwick Hills

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

Ally Financial

Played as the Ally Challenge (Jul 31-Aug 2). Second-placed Retief Goosen (RSA) and Brett Quigley (USA) finished 2 shots behind 50-year-old Jim Furyk (USA), who was making his PGA Tour Champions debut. [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].

2015
America
266 (-18)
$1,062,000
RBC

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

266 (-18)

Prize money

$1,062,000

Title sponsor

RBC

Played as the RBC Heritage (April 16-19). Furyk (USA) beat Kevin Kisner (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].

2010
America
272 (-8)
$1,350,000
Coca-Cola

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

$1,350,000

Title sponsor

Coca-Cola

Played as the Tour Championship presented by Coca-Cola (Sept 23-26; last of four FedExCup playoff events). Second-placed Luke Donald (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Furyk (USA), who gained enough points to win the season-long FedEx Cup and associated $10 million bonus. [East Lake GC, Atlanta, GA].

2010
America
271 (-13)
$972,000
Transitions

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

$972,000

Title sponsor

Transitions

Played as the Transitions Championship (March 18-21). Second-placed Kyung-Ju "KJ" Choi (S Kor) finished 1 shot behind Furyk (USA), who recorded his first win since 2007. [Copperhead course, Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, nr Tampa, FL].

2010
Awards
2,980 pts
$10 million
FedEx

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Venue

Score

2,980 pts

Prize money

$10 million

Title sponsor

FedEx

Jim Furyk (USA) won the PGA Tour season-long points chase, to capture the FedExCup and $10 million bonus. Matt Kuchar (USA) was second with 2728 pts. Luke Donald (Eng) was third with 2700 pts. The Cup is awarded based on points earned during the regular PGA Tour season and in the four playoff events.

2010
Awards
60 pts
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Venue

Score

60 pts

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Furyk (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average). Furyk accumulated 60 pts; Steve Stricker (USA) and Matt Kuchar (USA) were tied second with 50 pts.

2010
Awards
x
n/a
PGA Tour

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA Tour

Furyk (USA) won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the PGA Tour Player of the Year, based on the votes of his peers.

2010
America
271 (-13)
$1,026,000
Verizon

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

$1,026,000

Title sponsor

Verizon

Played as the Verizon Heritage (April 15-18). Furyk (USA) beat Brian Davis (Eng) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].

2009
America
275 (-13)
$1,350,000
Chevron

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

$1,350,000

Title sponsor

Chevron

Played as the Chevron World Challenge (Dec 3-6; unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). Second-placed Graeme McDowell (N.Ire) finished 1 shot behind Furyk (USA). Tiger Woods was unable to attend, following a car accident outside his Florida home. [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].

2008
America
136 (-4)
$600,000
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

136 (-4)

Prize money

$600,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Oct 14/15; 36-hole unofficial PGA Tour event for the season's four Major winners). Tied after 36 holes, Furyk (standing in for US Open winner Tiger Woods) beat Padriag Harrington (The Open & US PGA) with an eagle at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th). Third on 141 was Retief Goosen (previous major winner). Fourth on 145 was Trevor Immelman (The Masters). [Mid Ocean Club, Tucker's Town, Bermuda].

2007
America
268 (-16)
$900,000
Franklin Templeton

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

$900,000

Title sponsor

Franklin Templeton

Played as the Canadian Open presented by Franklin Templeton Investments (July 26-29). Second-placed Vijay Singh (Fiji) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Jim Furyk (USA). [North course, Angus Glen GC, Markham, nr Toronto, Ont.].

2006
Awards
68.86
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Venue

Score

68.86

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Furyk (USA) won the PGA of America Vardon Trophy, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour (over a minimum of 60 rounds). Adam Scott (Aus) was second with 68.95; Luke Donald (Eng) was third with 69.17. Tiger Woods (USA) averaged 68.11, but was ineligible for the Trophy having played only 55 rounds.

2006
America
276 (-12)
$1,134,000
Wachovia

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$1,134,000

Title sponsor

Wachovia

Played as the Wachovia Championship (May 4-7). Jim Furyk (USA) beat Trevor Immelman (RSA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC].

2006
Africa
276 (-12)
$1,200,000
Nedbank

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

$1,200,000

Title sponsor

Nedbank

Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Nov 30-Dec 3; Sunshine Tr 2006/07 season; limited field of 12 top tour professionals). Second-placed Henrik Stenson (Swe) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Furyk (USA). [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, RSA].

2006
America
266 (-14)
$900,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

266 (-14)

Prize money

$900,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Canadian Open (Sept 7-10). Second-placed Brad Bryant (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jim Furyk (USA). [Hamilton G&CC, Ancaster, Ontario].

2005
America
270 (-14)
$900,000
Cialis

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

270 (-14)

Prize money

$900,000

Title sponsor

Cialis

Played as the Cialis Western Open (Jun 30-Jul 3). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 2 shots behind Jim Furyk (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [No.4 Dubsdread course, Cog Hill G&CC, Lemont, nr Chicago, IL].

2005
Africa
282 (-6)
$1,200,000
Nedbank

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$1,200,000

Title sponsor

Nedbank

Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Dec 3-6; unofficial event; limited field of 12 top tour professionals). Jim Furyk (USA) beat Adam Scott (Aus) and Darren Clarke (N.Ire) at the second playoff hole. Retief Goosen (RSA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, RSA].

2003
America
135 (-9)
$400,000
PGA of America

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

135 (-9)

Prize money

$400,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Dec 5/6; 36-hole unofficial PGA Tour event for the season's four Major winners). Second-placed Mike Weir (The Masters) finished 8 shots behind Furyk (US Open). Third on 145 was Shaun Micheel (US PGA). Fourth on 146 was Ben Curtis (The Open). [Poipu Bay GC, Koloa, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands].

2003
America
Warwick Hills
267 (-21)
$720,000
Buick

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Venue

Warwick Hills

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

$720,000

Title sponsor

Buick

Played as the Buick Open (Jul 31-Aug 3). Second-placed Briny Baird (USA), Chris DiMarco (USA), Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) and defending champion Tiger Woods (USA) finished 2 shots behind Furyk (USA). [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].

2003
Majors
272 (-8)
$1,080,000
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

272 (-8)

Prize money

$1,080,000

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (103rd) (June 12-15). Second-placed Stephen Leaney (Aus) finished 3 shots behind first-time major championship winner Furyk (USA). Furyk tied Jack Nicklaus (1980), Lee Janzen (1993) and Tiger Woods' (2000) 72-hole low score record of 272 in the US Open. [North course, Olympia Fields CC, nr Chicago, IL].

2002
America
274 (-14)
$810,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$810,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as The Memorial Tournament (May 23-26). Second-placed John Cook (USA) and David Peoples (USA) finished 2 shots behind Furyk (USA). [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].

2001
America
274 (-18)
$630,000
Mercedes

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

274 (-18)

Prize money

$630,000

Title sponsor

Mercedes

Played as the Mercedes Championships (Jan 11-14). Second-placed Rory Sabbatini (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Furyk (USA). [Plantation Course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii].

2000
America
265 (-23)
$540,000
Ryder

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

$540,000

Title sponsor

Ryder

Played as the Doral Ryder Open (March 2-5). Second-placed Franklin Langham (USA) finished 2 shots behind Jim Furyk (USA), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].

1999
America
331 (-29)
$450,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

331 (-29)

Prize money

$450,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Las Vegas Invitational (Oct 13-17). Second-placed Jonathan Kaye (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Furyk (USA), who recorded his third win in this event. [TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV. Earlier rounds also at: Las Vegas CC and Desert Inn CC (now Wynn G&CC)].

1998
America
60 (-11)
$150,000
Gillette

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

60 (-11)

Prize money

$150,000

Title sponsor

Gillette

Played as the Gillette Tour Challenge (Sept 29; unofficial money best-ball event involving eight teams that comprised a PGA Tr, LPGA Tr and Snr PGA Tr player). The team of Jim Furyk (USA), Michelle McGann (USA) & Lee Trevino (USA) beat the second-placed teams of Payne Stewart (USA), Annika Sörenstam (Swe) & Jay Sigel (USA) and Robert Gamez (USA), Chris Johnson (USA) & Gil Morgan (USA) in a one-shot nearest-the-pin playoff (203-yard par-3 17th). [Mid Ocean Club, Tucker's Town, Bermuda].

1998
America
335 (-25)
$360,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

335 (-25)

Prize money

$360,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Las Vegas Invitational (Oct 14-18). Second-placed Mark Calcavecchia (USA) finished 1 shot behind Furyk (USA), who recorded his second win in this event. [TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV. Earlier rounds also at: Las Vegas CC and Desert Inn CC (now Wynn G&CC)].

1997
America
275 (-5)
US$70,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

275 (-5)

Prize money

US$70,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Argentine Open (Abierto de la Republica/Argentina). Chris DiMarco (USA), Tim Hegna (USA) and Mathias Gronberg (Swe) finished in second place behind Furyk (USA). Furyk was handed victory just before the start of a three-way playoff, when it was discovered his playoff competitors, Eduardo Romero and Vincente Fernandez, had used the wrong scorecards in the final round. [Jockey Club, Buenos Aires, Argentina].

1996
America
277 (-11)
$216,000
United Airlines

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$216,000

Title sponsor

United Airlines

Played as the United Airlines Hawaiian Open (Feb 15-18). Jim Furyk (USA) beat Brad Faxon (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole, to record his second PGA Tour win. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].

1995
America
271 (-19)
$180,000
Lincoln-Mercury

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

271 (-19)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

Lincoln-Mercury

Played as the Lincoln-Mercury Kapalua International (Nov 2-5; PGA Tour post-season unofficial money event). Second-placed Barry Lane (Eng), Jim McGovern (USA) and Russ Cochran (USA) finished 2 shots behind Furyk (USA). [Plantation course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii; Bay course also used for earlier rounds].

1995
America
331 (-28)
$270,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Furyk, Jim

Score

331 (-28)

Prize money

$270,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Las Vegas Invitational (Oct 11-15). Second-placed Billy Mayfair (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Furyk (USA). [TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV. Earlier rounds also at: Las Vegas CC and Las Vegas Hilton CC (now Las Vegas National GC)].

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