Jim Furyk announced Friday that he has pulled out of the 2015 Presidents Cup, to be played next week in South Korea, citing a wrist injury. Afforded a selection to replace Furyk, U.S. captain Jay Haas added J.B. Holmes to the team.
“There is nothing I take more pride in than representing the United States in The Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup, and I am deeply disappointed that I will have to withdraw from playing because my wrist, although improving, is still not where it needs to be at this point,” said Furyk in a release.
Furyk suffered the bone contusion around the Deutsche Bank Championship, when he started feeling pain during the tournament pro-am. A week off after the Boston-area event did not improve the injury, and Furyk withdrew from the BMW Championship, the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, after six holes in the first round. It was the first time Furyk had withdrawn from a PGA Tour event since the 1995 Western Open. Furyk then withdrew from last week's Tour Championship with the hope that rest would make him able to play in the Presidents Cup.
Instead, Furyk, who has been a part of seven Presidents Cup teams with a record of 20-10-3, will be a captain's assistant.
“Jim did everything he could to be ready, and I'm sad that he won't be able to play," said Haas. "He’s a totally selfless team player who will be missed. He’s had another great year, and I believe he was pointing toward this event to cap it off."
Holmes, who finished 12th in the points standings, will make his Presidents Cup debut.
“My heart goes out to Jim because I know how much the Presidents Cup means to him,” said Holmes. “Obviously, he has been a leader for our team for many years and he will be greatly missed. I am, however, very honored and excited to get the call from Captain Haas to make the trip to South Korea to help the U.S. team retain the cup."
The Kentucky native represented the U.S. in the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla in his home state, going 2-0-1 that week, the last time the U.S. won the Ryder Cup.