Jim Furyk says the pressure differences between Presidents Cup & Ryder Cup is real

By Fly Pin High |
May 5, 2023

Jim Furyk is well aware that he has a much better record in the Presidents Cup than the Ryder Cup.

The overall U.S. performance is also impressive.

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The Jacksonville resident stated earlier this week that “we’ve had lots of success with the Presidents Cup…not the Ryder Cup”.

Furyk has a record of 20-10-3 in the Presidents Cup which pits the U.S. against an International team.

He has also played on Presidents Cup teams which have been 5-1-1.

Furyk has a record of 10-20-4 in the Ryder Cup, and the U.S. are 2-7 whenever he plays. Furyk is not the only one with a losing Ryder Cup record. Tiger Woods (13-21-3), Phil Mickelson (19-22-7)and Davis Love III (9-12-5), all have winning Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup records.

Furyk said that it was a matter for history. Furyk was the U.S. Ryder Cup Captain in a loss to France in 2018. The Ryder Cup dates back to 1927, and has grown in popularity since 1987 when Continental Europe joined the competition.

Both sides have felt the pressure.

The Presidents Cup was first played in 1994. The U.S. has a 12-1-1 record in this event, and a 4-9 record in Ryder Cups. The European team has had its share of stars, including Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Seve Balesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Sandy Lyle, and others. However, the International team includes Hall of Famer Greg Norman, Nick Price and Retief Goosen, as well as those who are waiting for their call one day, like Jason Day, Adam Scott, and Hideki Matsuzaki.

It’s not a question of which team is better. It seems that the weight of history is what makes the difference.

Furyk stated, “I believe we’ve always entered the Presidents Cup with a bit more laxness.” “We were so desperate for our Ryder Cup team to win that I believe we went in too tight.”

Tiger Woods, of the U.S., shakes hands after Woods won the Presidents Cup by beating Aaron Baddeley 4-and-3.

The U.S. is much more competitive since the PGA of America created its Ryder Cup task force following a defeat in 2014. The U.S. won two of the three Ryder Cups in the past, but this fall will try to win the Ryder Cup on European soil, for the first since 1993, in Italy, under the captain Zach Johnson from St. Simons Island.

Furyk stated that even though there are two different organizations running the two match play events (the PGA of America runs the Ryder Cup, and the PGA Tour operates the Presidents Cup), the captains of both events have shared the best practices.

The captaincies are interchangeable. Since the Ryder Cup Task Force was formed, Furyk (the current Presidents Cup captain) and Love (the 2018 Ryder Cup captain) have led Ryder Cup, and Presidents Cup, teams. Woods, who is the 2019 Presidents Cup Captain, is the presumptive favourite to lead the U.S. at the 2025 Ryder Cup in Bethpage State Park.

Furyk stated, “We do this every single year and have built a great program in the last 10 years.” “You can do both events the same way, year after year. We have a rotation captains who know the players, and the players also know the captains.”

Since the Ryder Cup Task Force formed, the U.S. has a combined record of 5-1 in international matches.

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