Jim Furyk is an American professional golfer with over two decades experience on the PGA Tour. He is known for his excellent short game, consistency and for being one of the Tour’s true “nice guys.”
Furyk was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in May 1970. In high school, he won the Pennsylvania state golf title and also played basketball. He attended the University of Arizona, where he was a two-time All-America selection.
Furyk began putting cross-handed at a very young age and has always putted this way, with excellent results.
Another thing Furyk is known for is his unorthodox swing. A technique he learned from his father, Mike, a club pro at Uniontown Country Club near Pittsburgh. Described as a looping swing, Furyk takes the club back very steeply and very high, then severely reroutes on the way back down. It doesn’t produce immense power, but does yield great accuracy off the tee.
Golf broadcaster David Feherty famously said that the golfer’s swing resembles “an octopus falling out of a tree.” While another commentator, Gary McCord, said it looked like Furyk was trying to swing inside a phone booth.
Whatever it looks like, it works - Furyk is a double-digit winner on the PGA Tour, including one major championship.
After turning pro in 1992 Furyk played on the Nationwide Tour in 1993, winning once and finishing 26th on the money list. He earned his Tour card at Q-School and completed his rookie season in 1994.
Furyk’s first PGA Tour win came at the 1995 Las Vegas Invitational, a tournament that was the site of three of his first four tour victories.
The American’s first big-money year was 1997. Even though he didn’t win a tournament that year, he managed to finish fourth on the money list. Since that time Furyk has been extremely consistent, finishing third on the money list in 1998, second in 2006 and never outside the Top 20 when playing a full year.
Furyk found major success at the 2003 U.S. Open at Olympia Fields in Chicago, where he set a 36-hole scoring record (133), a 54-hole record (200) and tied the 72-hole record (272).
An injured wrist required surgery at the start of 2004 and Furyk missed the first half of the season (his only year outside of the Top 20 in money since 1996). But he soon got back on track, winning the Western Open in 2005.
Furyk’s talent continued to shine in 2006, when he won twice, posted 14 top 10s, finished second in money and won the Vardon Trophy for low scoring average. He also reached No. 2 in the world rankings that year.
2010 proved to be the most successful yet for Furyk. After two seasons without a win, the Callaway player secured three victories and won the coveted FedEx Cup as well as being named the PGA Tour Player of the Year.
Furyk continues to be a driving force on the PGA Tour. While he hasn’t secured a win since 2010, the golfer is a regular feature in the top-10.
In September 2013 Furyk shot a 12-under 59 during the second round of the BMW Championship, making him just the 6th player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 during a tournament.
1995 – Las Vegas Invitational
1996 – United Airlines Hawaiian Open
1998 – Las Vegas Invitational
1999 – Las Vegas Invitational
2000 – Doral-Ryder Open
2001 – Mercedes Championships
2002 – Memorial Tournament
2003 – U.S. Open
2003 – Buick Open
2005 – Cialis Western Open
2006 – Wachovia Championship
2006 – Canadian Open
2007 – Canadian Open
2010 – Transitions Championship
2010 – Verizon Heritage
2010 – The Tour Championship