Jim Furyk is a PGA Tour golfer and one of the PGA Tour's most recognizable golfers. It seems like Furyk was born to play golf; his father Mike as an assistant pro at Edgmont Country club, and young Jim was raised into the game. Jim Furyk’s only golf instruction came from his father; and many note that might account for his unusual—yet effective—swing. In addition to Edgmont Country Club, Mike Furyk also served as head pro at Uniontown Country Club.
Jim Furyk took that homegrown golf talent to play at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, where he was an All-American twice. He also led the Wildcats to their first (and thus far only) NCAA title in 1992. That same year, Furyk turned professional and the rest, as they say, is history. He joined the PGA TOUR in 1994 and has won at least one tournament each year between 1998 and 2003.
His streak took a little bit of a hit in 2004 when Furyk missed three months due to surgery to repair cartilage damage in his wrist. He soon came back into top form finishing a career-high second on the money list in 2006. Furyk truly hit his stride in 2010, winning a career-best three tournaments on the PGA TOUR that year. The most notable victory was the season-ending Tour Championship. That victory earned him the 2010 FedEx Cup. His stellar performance in 2010 won him both the PGA Player of the Year and PGA TOUR Player of the year.
Jim Furyk’s trademark looping golf swing and his deliberate approach to the game have earned him nicknames like “The Grinder” and “The Businessman.” His father Mike Furyk encouraged his son’s unusual swing; he didn’t want to change what felt natural and comfortable. History has gone to show that Furyk’s swing has been a great asset to his success on the PGA TOUR.
Beyond the course, Jim and his wife Tabitha created The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation to help families and children in need. The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation is a charity that is dedicated to making our communities a better place. Based out of Jacksonville, the foundation is involved in many different projects across North Florida. Collaborating with other organizations such as the Wolfson’s Children Hospital, Blessings in a Backpack and Community PedsCare, The Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation helps to provide necessary funding to help our communities become healthier, stronger, and educationally enriched.