Illinois - Two years after shooting a
magical 59 in the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club, Jim Furyk was
forced to pull out of the tournament at the same venue on Thursday because of a
Furyk battled through six holes and was one
over par in the opening round before calling it quits in the third of the PGA
Tour's four FedExCup playoff events after the pain had intensified in his left
The withdrawal of the 45-year-old American,
a 17-times winner on the US circuit, casts doubt on his fitness for next
week's Tour Championship in Atlanta and also the Oct. 8-11 Presidents Cup in
"I'm very concerned," said Furyk.
"I would like to be ready for both of them, and if I can't get ready for
next week, I would like to get ready for the Presidents Cup.
"But also I want to play with a chance
to compete, and right now being out here I have no chance to compete this week
with the pain I was feeling and with what I had shot-wise."
The former US Open champion, who won the
2010 FedExCup, is placed ninth in the season-long points race and is certain to
qualify among the 30 players who would advance from a field of 70 at this
week's event to the Tour Championship finale.
Furyk said his wrist injury initially
flared up during the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second playoff event,
before it worsened after Wednesday's pro-am competition at Conway Farms.
"I'm in pain out there and I'm not
near a hundred percent," the PGA Tour veteran said. "I don't know if
flinching is the right word, but I'm having a hard time getting through the
ball on the ground right now.
"On (hole) 15, I had that little half
wedge and it was pretty painful to hit the shot. It's just not worth being out
Furyk had not withdrawn from a PGA Tour
event in 20 years, a span of 477 straight events.