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Jim Furyk’s wallet didn’t literally split its stitches in late September, when the 40-year-old golfer snatched the PGA Tour Championships’ $10 million (presumably ruby-encrusted) purse.
But it’s fun to imagine a Costanza-sized wallet bursting with large bills, instead of Irish money or coupons for an Orlando-area Exxon station — even though it would be plausible in Furyk’s case.
The Ponte Vedra, Fla., resident recently earned some major euros, pounds and/or dollars playing for Team USA in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.
But, where George was famously frugal, Furyk alliterates nicely with philanthropy.
The former University of Arizona Wildcat opened his wallet recently and out fell a generous donation of $25,000 to his alma mater.
His generosity is part of a PGA Tour charity program that’s fueled by $200,000 donations from each Ryder Cup player and coach. This year they’ll donate close to $2.6 million to various organizations of the team’s choosing.
Furyk has earmarked funds for Arizona after all seven of his Ryder Cup and after both his President’s Cup appearances.
Despite their generosity, Team USA fell just short of beating Team Europe in the Ryder Cup.
People often ask Lorena Ochoa when is the next golf tournament she’s playing?
The Arizona Wildcat alum and former No. 1-ranked woman in the world always answers the same:
The difference these days is, instead of fending off all-comers in the LPGA, Ochoa is playing for her own philanthropic causes.
The United States Golf Association took notice and awarded the 28 year old with its highest honor, the 2011 Bob Jones Award.
Ochoa is the 56th recipient of the annual award given to those the USGA feels demonstrates a distinguished level of sportsmanship.
Though retired as of this summer, Ochoa certainly isn’t sitting at home on the couch.
“Every time I travel and do a tournament, the funds go into my foundation,” Ochoa said via the USGA official press release. “And I’m writing a book. It’s an exciting time and I’m very happy.”
Ochoa’s foundation has helped hundreds of underprivileged Mexican school children throughout her home country.