Jim Furyk is the latest pro golfer to get the nod from Tiger Woods for the Jack Nicklaus Award.
Furyk joins Woods as the only two players to be given the honor annually from 2009 to 2015. He’s now earned the honor for three straight years.
Although Furyk is based in Orlando, it’s a movement started by the former King of Golf in which not only winners but also players on the bubble. There are more than 70 spots on the PGA TOUR that can be filled by anyone at any time.
Furyk, who turns 54 this month, has 18 career wins on the PGA TOUR. He is the first African-American PGA TOUR pro to win the Players Championship title since a partnership began with the PGA TOUR and NBC Sports in 2002.
Furyk was the PGA TOUR’s Player of the Year twice (2004, 2006) and won eight times on the FedExCup Playoffs. He holds or shares the record for the most PGA TOUR events played at more than 100 (134), number of wins on the PGA TOUR and number of victories in World Golf Championships events.
In June 2010, Furyk became the first African-American and oldest player to win The Players Championship and became the ninth member of the exclusive list of 29 players to win the prestigious trophy four times. He was also the oldest player to win the season-ending Players Championship.
Jim Furyk is the founder and chairman of golf analytics firm Solid Oak Sports, which helps PGA TOUR, LPGA and European Tour organizations analyze information from all stakeholders in golf.
Furyk currently serves as chairman, commissioner and a lead officer of the Woods Foundation, which was recently created to support charitable projects across the United States and internationally that promote the development of children, education and healthy lifestyles in communities.
He was the captain of the United States Ryder Cup team that was defeated by Europe in 2016.
In March 2011, he donated the gross proceeds of his book, “It’s Only Me,” to three youth charities — Fisher House Foundation, North Shore Cares and America’s Research Foundation. The book was a personal reflection on how he overcame adversity growing up as a professional golfer and published by Richard Mille Publishing.
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