Jim Furyk to miss Pres­i­dents Cup, re­placed by JB Holmes

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY DOUG FER­GU­SON

Jim Furyk’s sea­son ended ear­lier than he wanted Fri­day when he re­moved him­self from the Pres­i­dents Cup be­cause of a wrist in­jury that hasn’t fully healed.

Furyk was re­placed by J. B. Holmes on the Amer­i­can team.

“I did ev­ery­thing I could to try to heal it as fast as pos­si­ble,” Furyk said in a voice­mail mes­sage. “I tested the wrist pretty hard yesterday to see how it would re­spond and it’s not 100 per­cent healed. I’m not able to play more than one day in a row and I’m feel­ing some pain be­cause my wrist needed more time to heal.”

Furyk pulled out of the BMW Cham­pi­onship dur­ing the first round be­cause of a deep bone bruise in his left wrist. He sat out the FedEx Cup fi­nale at the Tour Cham­pi­onship last week to try to be ready for the Pres­i­dents Cup.

The matches start Thurs­day in South Korea. Furyk will be there as one of four as­sis­tants to U.S. cap­tain Jay Haas.

Haas picked Holmes as the re­place­ments. Holmes fin­ished 12th in the stand­ings.

Holmes, among the long­est hit­ters in golf, went 2-0-1 in the Ry­der Cup at Val­halla in 2008. This will be his first Pres­i­dents Cup. He lost in a play­off won by Jason Day at Tor­rey Pines, was run­ner-up at the World Golf Cham­pi­onship at Do­ral and won the Hous­ton Open in a play­off.

“My heart goes out to Jim be­cause I know how much the Pres­i­dents Cup means to him,” Holmes said. “Ob­vi­ously, he has been a leader for our team for many years and he will be greatly missed. I am, how­ever, very hon­ored and ex­cited to get the call from cap­tain Haas to make the trip to South Korea to help the U.S. team re­tain the cup.”

Furyk typ­i­cally doesn’t play much in the fall, and he said that would give his wrist time to heal.

“I’ll re­visit with the doc­tors to make sure it’s 100 per­cent be­cause I never gave it that op­por­tu­nity try­ing to get ready for the Pres­i­dents Cup,” Furyk said.

AP

Jim Furyk watches his drive on the 10th tee dur­ing the first round of the BMW Cham­pi­onship golf tour­na­ment at Con­way Farms Golf Club in Lake For­est, Illi­nois, Sept. 17. Furyk with­drew from the tour­na­ment cit­ing a left wrist in­jury.

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