Jim Furyk Absent From The Open

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It’s been over 20 years since Jim Furyk didn’t make the annual mid-July trip across the pond to compete in the season’s third major. This week though, instead of Royal Birkdale, Furyk finds himself stateside.

For the first time since 1995, Furyk did not qualify for a major championship. As a result, the 2018 Ryder Cup captain has chosen to tee it up at this week’s opposite field Barbasol Championship.

Since finishing the 2015 season ranked ninth in the world, Furyk has since dropped out of the top 50, falling all the way to 86. That, and the fact that he failed to make it to the Tour Championship last year, are the main reasons why he isn’t teeing it up in England this week.

Unfortunately, the struggles have continued for Fuyrk in 2017. Jim currently sits 147th in the FedEx Cup standings and has just one top-10 finish in 15 starts.

Furyk won’t be the only major winner in the field this week. Davis Love III and Retief Goosen are some of the other notable names in the field. The Barbasol Championship gets underway Thursday from the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National in Auburn/Opelika, Alabama.