If there was an award for who traveled the farthest to get to the Presidents Cup, then Jim Furyk would be a candidate.
Furyk is playing in Shanghai before the Nov. 17-20 matches at Royal Melbourne in Australia, and he certainly won’t be the only Presidents Cup player there. The difference? Furyk is coming home to Florida in between.
CIMB ASIA PACIFIC CLASSIC
The second annual CIMB Asia Pacific Classic features a 48-man field made up of players from the PGA Tour and Asian Tour.
He is at the Shanghai Masters this week, and hopes to get in the WGC-HSBC Champions a week later in Shanghai. Then, he will fly home to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., before leaving Friday on the 9,500-mile journey to Australia.
All told, he will be in the air roughly 25,000 miles before getting to Royal Melbourne.
“When you go over and get used to the time zone for two weeks, and then you’re home for four days, it’s not going to be that hard to get back,” Furyk said. “At least that’s my theory.”
Furyk had to make international plans before he was assured of being on the Presidents Cup team. He also knew that if he had to rely on being a pick, U.S. Captain Fred Couples wanted his two selections to play the week before at the Australian Open.
“I had a chance to go to Lake Malaren (Shanghai Masters) and HSBC back to back, and for what I was trying to accomplish at the end of the year and what was best for me, I need to go play HSBC and it seemed easy to play Lake Malaren. So I committed to both,” Furyk said. “If I was 11th or 12th in the Presidents Cup, I knew I would have to play the week before. And I was prepared to do that.”
Once he made the team, Furyk was not about to back out on a commitment.
Furyk has talked to Couples about his travel schedule. The American captain only wanted to make sure his guys were ready to go.
“I’m playing three of five weeks leading up to the event,” Furyk said. “I’ll be ready to go.”