U.S. Captain Jim Furyk on 2018 Ryder Cup: "I'm always thinking about it"

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U.S. Captain Jim Furyk on 2018 Ryder Cup: "I'm always thinking about it"

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U.S. Captain Jim Furyk on 2018 Ryder Cup: "I'm always thinking about it"

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Jim Furyk is wearing two hats these days on the PGA Tour.

There’s the black and white Callaway hat he sported Friday while competing in the second round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort, making the cut at even par.

Then there’s the metaphorical red, white and blue U.S. captain’s hat, which will remain atop his head until the final hole of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris.

“I’m always thinking about it, to be honest with you,” Furyk told Golfweek. “It’s always in the back of my mind. I’m always thinking about ways to help the team. But I also have a job to do (as a player), so it’s a little bit of a juggling act. The question I get all the time is, ‘Are you busy? Is it possible to do both?’ I really think I can have a successful couple of years playing, just need to manage my time well.”

The 46-year-old Furyk was hoping to get the captain’s nod before he turned 50 and cherishes the fact that he can play practice rounds with potential team members every week. He also has a better relationship with the younger players as a result.

“I really feel like I know the guys well,” Furyk said. “I know the young guys for having such a big age gap, being 46 now, 47 in May. Having some young guys on the team, I know the Rickie’s and the Jordan’s and some of those guys very well. If we have some younger guys on our team two years from now, I can lean on them.”

He knows how tough it will be to win on the road, giving the European team a nod for the choice of venue. But the chance to accomplish something no U.S. team has in nearly a quarter century makes it even more special. Furyk knows that, too.

“I’ve been reminded 100 times that it will have been 25 years when we get there in 2018 – last time we won on foreign soil was in 1993,” Furyk said. “I know it will be a difficult task. What I think is so brilliant on their part is they have the French Open (at Le Golf National). Most of the guys on their team play the French Open. They know the course very well. They’ve all told me it’s a difficult golf course. They think it’s fair. They think it’s one of the best three courses they have on their tour. So it’s a place they know really well. It’s a home game for them and they do really have a home course advantage. It’ll be a great task, a monumental task, to go over there and win. But it’s a great opportunity as well. We won in 1999, we won in 2008 and now we won in 2016, but we haven’t been able to follow it up and go over there and do it. So that’s the goal, but it will be a tough task.”

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