Furyk picked to lead USA bid

11 January 2017 14:22:44 EST
Tom Watson was the last USA captain to taste victory on European soil.

Jim Furyk has been named as the captain of the United States team who will try and retain the Ryder Cup against Europe at Le Golf National in 2018.

Furyk, a nine-time veteran of the competition, acted as a vice-captain to Davis Love III last year when the hosts took back the trophy with a 17-11 victory at Hazeltine and he will return the favour by making Love one of his assistants in France next year.

In my opinion the Ryder Cup embodies everything that is special about golf.

Jim Furyk

The 46-year-old former US Open champion will be matched against Dane Thomas Bjorn, who was named as captain of the European team just over a month ago.

And Furyk is clearly relishing the job in hand, telling the assembled press: "This is such an honour. It's no secret, it's been my favourite event my entire career.

"In my opinion the Ryder Cup embodies everything that is special about golf. It has the teamwork, the camaraderie, the competition, the passion - it brings fans together from worldwide.

"I just get chills thinking about all the events I've been able to participate in and now to sit here as the captain for 2018 is such an honour."

Furyk will be charged with trying to become the first US captain since Tom Watson in 1993 to win a Ryder Cup match away from home, although a draw would be good enough to retain the trophy.

The USA are 8/11 to retain the trophy and 1/1 to claim an outright victory, with Europe 1/1 to win back the Ryder Cup.

Meanwhile, USA star Jordan Spieth had already given his verdict on Furyk ahead of confirmation of his appointment.

The former Masters and US Open champion said: "He's a guy that can step into that captain's role and listen to what everyone has to say and make you think that there are bits and pieces he likes and bit pieces where he's thinking differently.

"He's an easy guy to talk to and to believe when he tells you what he's thinking."

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