Jim Furyk named new U.S. Ryder Cup captain; mulls playing role

The PGA of America officially named Jim Furyk the captain of the United States Ryder Cup team that will take on Europe on September 28-30, 2018, at Le Golf National in Guyancourt, France.

Arnold Palmer was the last playing captain in 1963 on the US Ryder Cup team.

Furyk has featured in nine Ryder Cups for the United States as a player, but has only two wins under his belt during a period of European dominance.

The 46-year-old's vice-captain will be Davis Love, a losing captain in 2012 but victorious in 2016 when the U.S. beat Europe 17-11 to regain the trophy.

Furyk was a member of the task force set up in the wake of the US's third defeat in a row and sixth in seven events at Gleneagles. The man with the amusing swing, who has won 17 PGA Tour titles including the 2003 U.S. Open, still has plenty of game at 46.

"He's going to be a very tough act to follow", Furyk said from PGA of America headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Furyk is now world No 37 and a regular competitor on the PGA Tour, but Beem doesn't believe it's possible to split playing and captaincy commitments. A 17-time victor on the PGA Tour, Furyk also played in seven Presidents Cups, an event at which he served as a Captain's Assistant in 2015.

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Furyk, the 2003 US Open champion, offers continuity and boasts plenty of Ryder Cup experience. It's exciting, and it's a new day and age for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

'If I had a shot to finish in the top eight in points we can bridge that gap next year.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn will be the opposing European captain, already named to the role in December 2016.

The USA head to France looking for their first away win since they last defended the trophy in 1993, where Tom Watson's side won 15-13 at the Belfry. I get chills thinking about the events that I have been able to participate in.

"When you look at my record", Furyk said Wednesday, "I've learned a lot". It's no secret; this has been my favorite event throughout my entire career. I'm actually a little overwhelmed; I didn't think it would be that way.

"I wanted to be relevant on the PGA Tour", Furyk said about the timing of being named captain.

"I'm excited for him to want to be back playing, to have that hunger to be playing, I know he's working hard".