At the pre-tournament press conference for the Barclays, Jim Furyk told a funny joke from the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.
Furyk said, “The best one I heard, it was really foggy last time we were at Celtic Manor (2010) and we couldn’t see the fairway, and they were holding up play on the first hole. And someone yelled out, ‘Just follow your nose, Jim,’ which I thought it was perfect. I about fell over laughing, and the crowd I think enjoyed the fact that I saw the humor.”
There’s nothing like self-deprecating humor. However, before Furyk told the story, he told his own joke about European songs during The Ryder Cup. “There is no good song. Soccer stuff. I’m a football fan. So there are no good songs because it’s still soccer. And I mean that jokingly.”
Side note, I seriously think American soccer fans are more sensitive about soccer jokes than European fans.
Back to The Ryder Cup. Furyk also gave props to the European fans for being noisier. “3,000 European fans at The Ryder Cup can make more noise than 3,000 American fans, there’s no doubt about it.”
Team USA will have to overcome a hostile atmosphere in Scotland as well as a European team that is hitting on all cylinders to claim The Cup.
The end of the presser included a discussion about Tiger Woods’ legacy, and Furyk was asked a couple borderline inappropriate questions.
Here is the exchange:
Would Tiger be a failure if he didn’t get 18 [majors]?
JIM FURYK: How could he? I mean maybe, arguably, the best player ever, so I don’t know. I wouldn’t say so. No, I would say he doesn’t have to tee it up again and he’s going to be possibly the greatest all‑time, and if not, I think inarguably the top three of all time.
Do you think people could look upon him as not succeeding if he doesn’t reach 18?
JIM FURYK: Well, I’m never surprised at how people view things. So do I think it’s wrong that someone would view that as a failure or not a win? Yeah, I think it’s wrong, but I wouldn’t be surprised by someone saying it. Just because people are entitled to their own opinions.
Furyk is the man, and I can’t wait to see him continue his great play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)