The game of golf is said to be a classic but highly competitive one which rewards the very best on the course and Jim Furyk is no doubt an outstanding player. He is a veteran American golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and has won many titles in the course of his career. He has been a FedEx Cup Champion as well as one time PGA Tour Player of the Year. He further holds the 58 shot record which is the lowest score in the history of PGA Tour and also ranked second place in the 2006 “Official World Golf Ranking.” Find out more about this deserving champ below.
Jim Furyk – Bio, Age
James Michael Furyk was born on the 12th of May 1970, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. On his mother’s side, he has both polish and Czech ancestry while he has Hungarian and Ukrainian ancestry from his father side.
Jim learned how to play the game from being coached by his father, who was a Uniontown Country Club head pro. Though his early years were spent in Pittsburgh, he had to move to Lancaster County for his high school education in Manheim Township school. While he was in school, he played golf to the point of earning himself a state championship title. After graduating from high school in 1988, Jim Furyk gained admission into the University of Arizona located in Tucson. While he was there, he continued his winning streak as a golfer and led the Wildcats to clinch an NCAA title in 1992 (their first and only title). He was also named an All-American twice.
He became an official pro golf player in the year 1992 and went on to win the Nike Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic on the Nike Tour in 1993. After joining the PGA Tour in 1994, between 1998 and 2003, Jim Furyk won at least one tournament each year. This winning streak earned him a spot on the top ten list of Official World Golf Ranking and was recorded as the second best of its kind, just behind the incredible feat of a fellow professional golf player, Tiger Woods.
Jim recorded a setback in his career after he fell out of the top hundred money list because of a poor outing in 2004, where he participated in just fourteen events as a result of a cartilage damage surgery procedure he underwent. He, however, returned to top form in 2006 where he concluded the season with a Vardon Trophy for the first time in his career as well as a second place spot on the money list with statistics including; nine top-3s, two victories, 13 top 10 finishes, and four-second place finishes. Though Jim started with a one-stroke lead into the final of the 2013 PGA Championship, his lead was upstaged by Jason Dufner who later won the title by two strokes.
Family – Wife
Jim Furyk is a happily married man. He met his wife, Tabitha, at the Memorial Tournament in the year 1995. According to Jim, Tabitha caught his attention while he was walking off the green and goofing around with his friends. At the time, he admits he was shy to introduce himself or say hi but lucky for him, her boss ‘Ray’ came up to interview him almost at the same time he was pondering on making the move towards her.
Ray keenly noticed that Jim’s mind was somewhat divided between answering some questions and admiring Tabitha. He was the one who later introduced both of them, kick-starting what would lead to a romantic relationship. Having dated for over four years, the pair tied the knot in 2000 and they are both parents to two lovely kids. Their first daughter named, Caleigh Lynn, was born in 2002, while their second child, a son named Tanner James, was born in 2004.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements
Every sport has a particular requirement in terms of body build which players are expected to average if they intend to have a long and successful career. Though a game like golf is more geared towards skill and power, a little extra height or flexible body weight can’t hurt an athlete. With Jim Furyk, he is gifted with an above average height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.9 m), paired with a healthy body mass of 185 lbs(84 kg).
1. Having experienced a winning drought for some years, he came through strongly to win a career-best three tournament on the 2010 Tour.
2. He made his very first withdrawal since 1995 from the game due to a wrist injury in 2015.
3. He has come close to winning more titles in his career as a golfer.
4. His is known to “underturn” his hips in the process of a backswing while making for an “overturn” when coming down. According to gold pundit Gary McCord, Jim Furyk forms the image of “a one-armed golfer using an axe to kill a snake in a telephone booth.’