Furyk says FedExCup playoffs didn't impair U.S. team's performance

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Jim Furyk was upbeat in his interaction with the galleries early on during the Ryder Cup, but ended up disappointed that he couldn't score more points for Team USA.
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Published: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 | 4:57 p.m.

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.”



Furyk is only saying what is politically correct. At least half the US team looked tired and sluggish. In my opinion they were Furky, Mickelson, D. Johnson, B Watson, Cink and Z. Johnson. Mahan also looked out of sorts, don't know what from, maybe just not playing well.

This Fed Ex Cup is something most of the public doesn't care about, just used to entice the better players to play after the PGA concludes. I believe the schedule did hurt our teams emotional and physical readiness. Oh, and for the last time I hope, Cink cost us this RC and has been a major contributor to other losses. Time for him to either earn his way on or stay home.


I am furious at Corey Pavin. Why didn't he put more experienced golfers who are used to and can handle the pressure on Sunday? I feel bad for Hunter- he's a great young golfer but has never been put in that kind of position and shouldn't have been put in that position... what was Corey thinking? Now you have a young Hunter Mahan who probably will battle confidence issues for a long time! Why?