Furyk the favourite to take over the Ryder reins
In two weeks outgoing captain Davis Love, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and three PGA of America officials will sit down to begin discussing the next Ryder Cup captain. The favourite for many is Jim Furyk, still the No 34 in the world, this year’s US Open runner-up and the owner of the first 58 on the PGA Tour, was one of Love’s vice-captains at Hazeltine.
The 46-year-old plans to cut back on his schedule to 18 events a year which would significantly limit his chances.
“I would accept the job,” Furyk said. “It’s all hypothetical. I haven’t had a conversation with Tiger, Phil, Davis. I haven’t had any conversation with the PGA of America, so I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.”
Furyk was part of the original task force that decided on a return of Love as captain so he knows not to sing his own praises, rather put his trust in the committee.
“Unless I’m wrong, I don’t think you publicly pine for the job or promote yourself or say, ‘I really want the job’.
“I think that’s the highest compliment you can be paid. He didn’t ask for the job. That committee went to him and said, ‘Hey, we want you to take the job. Would you like it?’… Those six folks will try to figure out who the next guy is. They’re going to try to figure out who the absolute best person is for the job.”
Mickelson himself will be 48 when Paris comes around but he is keen to make it as a player for a 12th straight match.