BOSTON – Here’s a golf trivia question that no one seems to answer correctly. What player is fourth in the all-time career earnings category behind Tiger, Phil and Vijay?
If you guessed 2018 Ryder Cup captain and 2010 FedEx Cup winner Jim Furyk, with over $67 million throughout a 24-year career, congratulations, you’re a golf genius and know your golf stats. But, you’re probably thinking: How the heck could a guy with such a God-awful swing become such a world-class player?
Jim Furyk is coming to Boston Tuesday, March 27. He is the 2018 honoree at the 21st Francis Ouimet Award for Lifelong Contributions to Golf at the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund’s 67th Annual Banquet. The Banquet, which has become the largest annual golf dinner in America, with expectations of over 1,200 paid guests, will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. The Richard Connolly Group – Morgan Stanley is the Presenting Sponsor.
“Jim Furyk continues the tradition of tremendous Ouimet honorees,” said Ouimet Fund President James Blue. “Jim Furyk has been one of the top players on the PGA TOUR for the past 24 years, has played on nine Ryder Cup teams including here in Boston in 1999, and is greatly respected for his charitable work. We are all looking forward to him leading the US Team in Paris in September.”
The Ouimet Banquet has a great history and its awardees have included the late Arnold Palmer, former President George H.W. Bush, Peter Jacobsen, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Annika Sorenstam and Nick Price.
Jim Furyk, 47, is one of the game’s most recognizable stars, known for his distinct, unorthodox swing. The Ponte Vedre, Florida resident joined the PGA Tour in 1994 and his only coach has been his father, Mike. He has a superlative and consistent record, including 17 TOUR victories including the 2003 US Open, and the 2010 TOUR and Fed Ex Cup Playoffs. He has finished in the top ten money winners list nine times. In 2016 he shot the only 58 in PGA TOUR history at the Travelers Championship.
Furyk grew up in Western Pennsylvania where his father was a golf professional. He and his wife, Tabitha, are very active with their Jim and Tabitha Furyk Foundation which was created to help families and children in need, and supports numerous projects in Northern Florida. In 2016 he was honored by the PGA TOUR with its prestigious Payne Stewart Award for his charitable efforts.
Founded in 1949, the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund is considered the Golf Charity of Massachusetts. A 501 (c) (3) organization, The Ouimet Fund’s purpose is to help deserving young men and women who have worked at golf courses in Massachusetts obtain a college education. The Fund provides need-based undergraduate scholarships which are renewable and can be worth up to $10,000 – $40,000 (or more) for four years. The Ouimet Fund is the largest independent scholarship fund in New England.
Ticket and sponsorship information can be found on the Ouimet Fund’s website: www.ouimet.org