Jim Furyk, holding the golf world in thrall as he made a run at firing the magical 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship, sparked a dust up on Twitter about captain Fred Couples leaving the 2003 U.S. Open champion off the U.S. Presidents Cup team.
Furyk, who carded an outgoing 8-under 28, failed to qualify for the U.S. squad, which will meet the Internationals next month at Jack Nicklaus’ Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. He also lost out to rookie phenom Jordan Spieth and 2012 U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson, Couples’ two wild-card picks for the Americans’ 12-player unit.
Think people don't appreciate how well Furyk has been playing recently— Shosh Agus-Kleinman (@ShoshEAK) September 13, 2013
@ryanburr he's been great until Sun when he needs to close the deal..I think the only mistake would have been not picking Spieth— Amanda Balionis (@Amanda_Balionis) September 13, 2013
If idea of captains picks is to get 2 best at time of Ryder Cup or Pres Cup Speith & Furyk are only choice .no one else even has a argument— Ryan Burr (@ryanburr) September 13, 2013
I think Freddie lit a fire under Furyks rear. Get your scuba gear on!— Arron Oberholser (@ArronOberholser) September 13, 2013
Jim Furyk -11 today, threatening PGAT record. Will create great momentum for Prez Cup next month. Oh wait...— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) September 13, 2013
Couples preparing a text for dear Jimmy, even if you break 60 you're not the Presidents Cup team, m'lad. Lovely.— Tweeter Alliss (@TweeterAlliss) September 13, 2013
Definition of awkward: An American winnner of #FedExCup and he is not a member of President's Cup team.— Joe Ogilvie (@ogilviej) September 13, 2013
@RyanLavnerGC Furyk has been better and more importantly hotter than Webb...look at Furyk since Open...machine like— Ryan Burr (@ryanburr) September 13, 2013
The 2010 FedExCup champion, Furyk entered the third of four FEC playoff matches ranked 15th. After an opening-round 1-over 72, the 43-year-old Furyk, who has six top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, went on a scoring rampage on Friday. He made six birdies and an eagle on the outgoing nine (he started on the 10th hole) and had Golf Channel viewers on the edges of their seats as he jammed in three straight birdies on holes two through four.
A bogey on the par-4 fifth interrupted speculation that Furyk would go even lower than 59, but he got that shot back with a birdie on seven and the watch was back on. A tap-in birdie putt on his final hole, and Furyk entered the record books with a 59.