Jim Furyk is taking his role as the 2018 Ryder Cup Captain very seriously, making key changes in Team USA’s selection process.
— Jim Furyk (@jimfuryk) January 11, 2017
The most dramatic change concerns the captains picks. Originally, the captain would chose three players after the first playoff event and then the last player after the final playoff event, the Tour Championship. Last year, Davis Love III chose Ryan Moore as his final pick, and he ended up clinching the trophy with his point.
Furyk has changed this to choosing three captains picks following the Dell Technologies Championship, the second of four FedEx Cup Playoff events. He’ll make his final pick after the BMW Championship, the third playoff event.
The main reason for this change is because of the 2018 Ryder Cup destination, which will be held overseas at Le Golf National in Paris, France.
“We had great intentions and they worked out really well,” Furyk said of the late pick in 2016. “Looking to the future, that’s something we don’t have the opportunity to do going to Paris. Hopefully, we can identify the hot player like Ryan, just after the BMW.”
Furyk is being smart and making the right decisions for the situation he’s in. Just because something works out one year, doesn’t mean it’s the right way to do it the next.
The next big change he’s making is in the point system for the players throughout the season. Normally, players would receive one point (for every $1000) for the regular season tournaments and two for majors. For 2018, players will receive one point for regular events and 1.5 points for majors.
What this does is make those regular tournaments more valuable and keep attendance up for those events. This was actually suggested to him by several players last year, which shows just how much the pros care about the Ryder Cup. They’re invested.
While these changes may seem small, they will definitely impact and mix things up for the 2018 season.
Watch the full interview below.
We are LIVE with U.S Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk for some important updates on the 2018 U.S. Team! https://t.co/OB51AsdSQN
— Ryder Cup USA (@RyderCupUSA) February 8, 2017