European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjørn has congratulated Jim Furyk on being named Team USA’s Ryder Cup Captain for 2018 at Le Golf National.
Both Bjørn and Furyk will be captaining their respective sides for the first time in France next year, with the Dane quick to praise his American counterpart after news of Furyk’s appointment broke.
“I am delighted to offer my congratulations to Jim Furyk on being appointed captain of the United States Ryder Cup team for 2018,” said Bjørn.
“I have known Jim for many years and as well as being a worthy opponent and a tremendous competitor, I know he shares my passion for The Ryder Cup which ensures it will be a fantastic contest when our respective teams meet at Le Golf National in 20 months’ time.”
The 46-year-old Furyk played in nine consecutive Ryder Cups (1997, ’99, 2002, ‘04, ‘06, ‘08, ‘10, ‘12, ‘14), which is the second-most appearances in U.S. Ryder Cup history, and the most of any US Captain.
The Pennsylvania native was a member of winning U.S. Ryder Cup efforts in 1999, 2008 and 2016, the latter as a Vice Captain. A 17-time winner on the PGA Tour, Furyk also played in seven Presidents Cups, an event at which he served as a Captain’s Assistant in 2015.
Furyk, who becomes the 28th U.S. Captain since the Ryder Cup began in 1927, is already looking forward to undertaking his new role.
“I am anxious to get started and recapture the momentum we enjoyed at Hazeltine, both in the team room and on the golf course,” Furyk said.
“I would like to thank Davis (Love III) and the PGA of America Ryder Cup Committee for their faith in me and my selection as United States Ryder Cup Captain.
“I’ve said many times that the Ryder Cup is part of my DNA, so this opportunity was a privilege and honour to accept. This is a special moment for my family.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve won in Europe and I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Furyk’s first act as Ryder Cup Captain was to name Davis Love III as the first of his Vice Captains. Love captained the Americans twice, in 2012 and 2016, and played in six Ryder Cups.
Last fall, the United States reclaimed the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008 by defeating Europe 17-11 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
Unveiling Furyk as captain, PGA of America President Paul Levy said: “For more than two decades, Jim Furyk has stood proud and tall on the American golf stage and we are thrilled to have him as our Ryder Cup Captain.
“His accomplishments as a player are well known, but his inherent competitive spirit and leadership traits are what made his candidacy so attractive. Jim offers the total package and is well suited for the task at hand.”