Jim Furyk finally gets the call, named PGA Player of the Yearby Christopher C. Wuensch on Dec. 05, 2010, under Sports
It was mid-April and Jim Furyk had just slipped on his new red tartan jacket.
The perennial favorite at South Carolina’s annual PGA Tour stop, the unsightly jacket — the same coat he’ll don next spring when he returns to Hilton Head Island to fire the ceremonial canon as defending champ of the Verizon Heritage — always seemed to elude the former Arizona Wildcat.
Back then, the 2010 season was still young, but already the campaign (Tiger Woods, no Tiger Woods or only partial Tiger Woods) had a different feel for the 40-year-old Furyk.
On Saturday, Furyk’s peers made 2010 officially the best of this 17-year career by voting him the PGA Tour Player of the Year.
Furyk finishes with three Tour wins, a Ryder Cup appearance, the FedEx Cup championship, and the PGA Tour of America’s Player of the Year honors (a points-based award).
“The year just keeps getting better is all I can say,” said Furyk via PGATour.com on Sunday. “I’m not sure I want 2010 to end at this point.”
“This one is very meaningful being the PGA TOUR Player of the Year and having all my peers and colleagues, basically the guys I play against week in and week out, and to have them vote for me as Player of the Year is what’s special.”
Special is the appropriate word to describe a season that seen new highs and dubious distinctions in the quirky golf lore for Furyk, who admitted that he probably played more consistent golf the previous two seasons.
In September, Furyk was disqualified from the Barclays for arriving minutes late to the Wednesday Pro-Am. His alarm clock — aka his cell phone battery — expired in the middle of the night.
But the setback didn’t hinder him, and perhaps even fueled his strong finish. Getting DQ’s and his class in the face of martyrdom that followed (not every player in that tournament was selected to play in that pro-am) could have possibly earned points among his peers who voted him as their POY.
“You know what, you all have asked me that all week and I still haven’t answered,” Furyk said to reporters at this week’s Chevron World Challenge, where he shot a 1-over-par, 216 through the first three rounds.
“So pretty much I still feel like I’m getting out of here without telling you.
“I wouldn’t even really want to tell you who I voted for. You wouldn’t guess, you probably couldn’t guess. But I wouldn’t tell you who I voted for for Rookie of the Year, either. That’s why it’s a concealed ballot, right?”