Jim Furyk (Mr. 58) on Bryson matching the magical figure, a humorous dig at Phil, and designing his first golf course

By Fly Pin High |
August 9, 2023

Jim Furyk is not alone after Bryson deChambeau, golf’s Mr.58, shot the magic number at the LIV Greenbrier, in West Virginia, on the Old White Course of the Greenbrier Resort.

Furyk’s record-breaking 18-hole score was set on August 7, 2016, during the final round at the Travelers Championship. Furyk did not watch the broadcast of DeChambeau’s dream round, but when he learned that he had drained a birdie putt at the final hole to shoot 58 he found the video on the internet.

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Furyk, referring to DeChambeau’s celebration of winning the 2004 Masters by a birdie shot at 18, said: “Bryson is a better jumper than Phil Mickelson. It’s not even close.” “He had some real air underneath his heels.”

Furyk’s recent performance on the golf course hasn’t been a cause for celebration. He hasn’t even played since June, when he withdrew after 80-76 rounds at the American Family Insurance Championship. Furyk has been out of action for the past few months due to a back problem and hip issues. He had a disappointing season before the injury forced him to withdraw. In his 10 previous starts, he failed to finish in the top 10, and 19 of the 21 rounds he played were in the 70s. He hopes to be back in action soon – the third edition Furyk & Friends, a Champions Tour event in Jacksonville, Florida is coming up in early October.

I’m working hard to achieve it. I’m not sure. It has just taken time. I would love to play Ally in Michigan. He said, “That’s the plan” for the PGA Tour Champions tournament that will begin in less than two weeks in Warwick Hills. The course is where he won both on the PGA Tour as well as in his senior debut. “I have never had a back problem before. This is a new one for me. “I’m learning about it.”

Furyk isn’t having any trouble filling in the gap left by not playing golf. Furyk is also working on a new golf course in Port St. Lucie. This will be his first time designing a course as a designer. Furyk was involved in consulting on course renovations before, and had two projects in 2008-09 that never took off after the U.S. real estate market crash. Furyk now teams up with architect Mike Beebe who, after working at Mark McCumber’s design firm, opened his own business in 1998.

Furyk stated that the course would be enjoyable to play and accessible to all levels of players. You have to know who you are building the course for. I hope that people will not think of a tournament or hard golf course when they see my name.

Furyk will continue to compete for the moment, but is also invested in the success the tournament that bears his name. He’s also heavily involved in his role as the U.S. Ryder Cup Vice Captain in September as well as the Presidents Cup Captain next year in Montreal. Furyk hopes to squeeze in more golf course designing work in the future.

He said, “It would be nice to only have one project at a given time.” “One project that I can spend a lot time on will be fun.”


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