JIM FURYK COMMITS TO 2017 TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP
HARTFORD, Conn., March 30, 2017 – The Travelers Championship today announced that Jim Furyk has committed to play in the 2017 tournament. Furyk, a 17-time winner on the PGA TOUR who will captain the United States team at the 2018 Ryder Cup Matches, made golf history during the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship when he shot 58, the lowest score ever in a PGA TOUR event.
“The Travelers Championship will always have a special connection to Jim because of what he did in that record-breaking round,” said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. “We’re looking forward to recognizing and celebrating his accomplishment, and seeing what he might have in store this year. Considering all that Jim has accomplished in his brilliant career, there are a lot of possibilities.”
On Aug. 7, 2016, Furyk carded 10 birdies and an eagle en route to shooting the lowest 18-hole score in TOUR history. He birdied the 16th hole at TPC River Highlands to reach 12 under par for the day, then made pars on the last two holes to claim his spot in golf’s record book. A number of items from Furyk’s feat remain on display at the World Golf Hall of Fame, and minutes after signing for his 58, Travelers pledged $58,000 to a charity of his choice. Half the money went to the Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation, the other half to the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research.
Among Furyk’s 17 TOUR titles is the 2003 U.S. Open, one of 16 top-5 finishes he has earned in major championships. Most recently, Furyk tied for second in the 2016 U.S. Open. He won the FedExCup title in 2010, when he was also named PGA TOUR player of the year. Furyk has been a fixture in team competitions, representing the United States seven times in the Presidents Cup and nine times in the Ryder Cup. He recently was named U.S. captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup Matches, which will be held in France.
The recipient of the PGA TOUR’s prestigious Payne Stewart Award in 2016, Furyk is the only player in TOUR history with two sub-60 rounds. He shot 59 in the 2013 BMW Championship.
Furyk joins a list of top PGA TOUR players who already have committed to play, including Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas, Zach Johnson and defending champion Russell Knox. The 2017 Travelers Championship will be held June 19-25, and tickets are now available. For more information on this year’s tournament, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.
About the Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship, held in Cromwell, Connecticut, is one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR and part of the FedExCup series. The tournament proudly supports the PGA TOUR’s Tradition of Giving Back by donating 100 percent of net proceeds to charities. Travelers, a leading provider of property and casualty insurance for home, auto and business, is the Official Property Casualty Insurance Provider of the PGA TOUR. The company became the tournament’s title sponsor in 2007. Travelers has been doing business in the Hartford community for more than 160 years and has been a corporate sponsor of this event each year since its inception in 1952. Complete details are available at www.TravelersChampionship.com.