Golf: Injured Furyk pulls out of Presidents Cup

Furyk (above) will still travel to South Korea as a fourth assistant to US captain Jay Haas.
Furyk (above) will still travel to South Korea as a fourth assistant to US captain Jay Haas.AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Jim Furyk withdrew from the United States team for the upcoming Presidents Cup in South Korea on Friday citing an ongoing wrist injury.

Furyk, one of the most experienced members of the US team who would have been playing in his eighth Presidents Cup, has been replaced by J.B. Holmes who only narrowly missed out on an automatic place in the team.

Furyk will still travel to Korea, however, as a fourth assistant to US captain Jay Haas, working alongside Fred Couples, Davis Love III and Steve Stricker.

"There is nothing I take more pride in than representing the United States in the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup, and I am deeply disappointed that I will have to withdraw from playing because my wrist, although improving, is still not where it needs to be at this point," Furyk said.

"There are few people I respect more than Jay Haas, who I partnered with in the Presidents Cup in 2003 in South Africa, and I'm very grateful to accept the invitation to be part of the team as assistant captain."

The Presidents Cup, a Ryder Cup-style team matchplay tournament, is to be held at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea from Oct 8-11, the first time the event has been held in Asia.