Furyk’s injury flares up again
GAINESVILLE, Va. — There could be an interesting occurrence today in the Presidents Cup, although it would mean an injury to a United States team member would preclude him from participating.
Pennsylvania native Jim Furyk, who has ties to the western part of the state, hurt his ribs last week in Tuesday’s practice round prior to the 84 Lumber Classic at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington.
That hampered him considerably, causing him to miss the cut after shooting 73-73. But, according to U.S. captain Jack Nicklaus, Furyk took a couple of days off, rested, then practiced for a couple of days and said he was fine.
“He went out today and on the second shot on the first hole, he spasmed,” Nicklaus said. “He had a physiotherapist with him the whole day and he got Jim to where he actually didn’t hurt too bad when he hit a ball, but he had a horrible time trying to walk.”
At one point, Furyk was face down behind the sixth green being worked on. He gutted it out, however, and he and Fred Funk managed to halve their match against Vijay Singh and Mark Hensby.
“Today, honestly, it was the worst I’ve felt of those three days,” Furyk said. “I was swinging well on the range until the last few swings and I knew heading to No. 1 tee that I was in quite a bit of pain and it was going to be a struggle.”
Nicklaus said that while Furyk wants to play in today’s four-ball matches, his status is uncertain.
“At this point, if Jim Furyk cannot play tomorrow, then Tiger Woods (whom he’s paired with) would play a singles match against Gary (Player’s) choice of either Stuart Appleby or Hensby,” Nicklaus said.
Nicklaus also said that if Furyk starts the four-ball session and at some point can’t continue, Woods would compete in a one-against-two situation against Appleby and Hensby.