Jim Furyk Returns to the PGA Tour

It is his first tournament in eight months

Furyk hasn't played since he pulled out of the BMW Championship in September with a wrist injury

Jim Furyk makes his first PGA Tour appearance in eight months this week at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

Furyk pulled out of the BMW Championship in September, the second event of the 2015 FedEx Cup Playoffs, with a left-wrist injury which he later had surgery on in February.

It has been the longest break of his 24-year career, and the second time he's had surgery on that wrist after missing three months in 2004.

At the time of pulling out of the BMW Championship, Furyk was seventh in the world and ninth in the FedEx Cup, a trophy he won in 2010.

He had also finished fourth the week before at the Deutsche Bank Championship and had qualified for the Presidents Cup which for the first time ever was being held in South Korea.

Instead of playing on the USA team he became an assistant-captain to Jay Haas.

The 45-year-old missed the rest of the FedEx Cup Playoffs, the 2015 Presidents Cup, the Masters and the RBC Heritage, where he would have been defending champion.

Jim Furyk

Furyk at the 2015 Presidents Cup with his fellow assistant-captains Fred Couples (middle) and Steve Stricker (left)

He has over 200 bogey free rounds on the PGA Tour, the most of any golfer in history.

In 2013, at the BMW Championship, Jim Furyk shot a 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship to become only the sixth player in history to shoot the magic score on the PGA Tour.

Unbelievably his 59 isn't even included in his 200+ bogey-free rounds, as it included a blemish on his back-nine.

Add to that he's a major champion, winning the 2003 US Open, has 15 top-five finishes in majors, was once ranked second in the Official World Golf Rankings and spent more than 380 weeks in the world's top 10 between 1999 and 2015 - Furyk is one of this generations greatest players.

He is surely a future Hall of Famer.

Even now, after eight months without any competition, he is still ranked 25th in the world.

Furyk went through a disappointing stretch where he held the 54-hole lead on tour nine times in a row without winning, although he finally got the W at last year's RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links.

BMW Championship - Round Two

Furyk is only the sixth man to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour

That was his first win in almost five years since the 2010 Tour Championship.

On to this week - the Wells Fargo Championship - Quail Hollow is a place he knows well. He won the tournament in 2006 and was runner-up in 2005 and 2014.

Furyk said “It feels different. To leave the family last night, to get on a plane, to get up this morning, my wife joked it was like the first day of school. She wanted to know if I’d have my best outfit on”




Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV