Handed a convenient alibi, Jim Furyk handed it right back.
Earlier in the week, the teams debated whether playing in the FedExCup would help or hurt a player. Some thought it would help them stay sharp, others that it would result in fatigue.
Nine members of the U.S. team qualified for the 30-man field for the season-ending Tour Championship compared to just one from Europe, Luke Donald. Considering the soggy course conditions and the number of matches jammed into the third session -- when Europe took 5 1/2 of a possible 6 points and built a 9 ½ - 6 1/2 lead going into Monday’s singles -- Furyk was asked whether winning the FedExCup cost him his legs here.
He earned a half-point in the alternate-shot match, but lost both his better-ball and singles matches.
“I’m not making any excuses. I didn’t play the first session, so basically, I slept all week,” Furyk said. “I got to sleep in no matter what. So I’ve got no excuse, no regrets. I’m well rested, and I said it after I won the FedExCup in the media room there, if you can’t get up for a Ryder Cup, you can’t get up.
“There’s 12 guys here that were committed to trying to win the Cup, trying to bring it back to the United States, and we have got no excuse for ‘I was worn out.’ I had a week off before going to Atlanta, so playing two weeks in a row is not tough, trust me.”