This year several of our past champions have enjoyed success and memorable moments in a variety of ways.
2006 champion Jim Furyk, who suffered a left-wrist injury last September, made his first start of the season at the Wells Fargo Championship. He missed the cut in Charlotte. However, he has been on fire during the summer months. He finished tied for second at the U.S. Open, marking his 16th career top-five finish in major championships. In August, Furyk became the first player in PGA TOUR history to shoot a 58, achieving the feat in the final round of the Travelers Championship. Along with his 59 at the 2013 BMW Championship, Furyk is the only player in TOUR history to break 60 twice. Furyk has also been named the recipient of this year’s Payne Stewart Award which he recieved at The TOUR Championship in September.
2009 champion Sean O’Hair has enjoyed success. After finishing tied for 35th at the Wells Fargo Championship, he made four cuts in eight starts before a tie for 22nd at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro and a runner-up finish at the FedExCup playoff Barclay’s Championship, thanks to a final-round 66.
After finishing tied for fourth at the Wells Fargo Championship this year, 2012 champion Rickie Fowler’s summer highlight was competing in the Olympic Games. He participated in the Opening Ceremony and was all over social media during his time in Rio. Fowler was one of four players representing the United States in golf’s return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904 and finished 37th. Fowler’s top-10 in Charlotte was the seventh of ten he has accumulated so far this year.
Two-time champion Rory McIlroy ended the PGA TOUR season in huge fashion with a victory at the TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. The win also earned him the season-long FedExCup title and a $10 million bonus. It was McIlroy’s second win in three starts and third overall win this year. It also marked the fourth time one of our champions has hoisted the FedExCup trophy. McIlroy joined Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk in that category.
Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods served as Vice Captains for the United States while Rickie Fowler and J.B. Holmes were selected by Captain Davis Love III to be members of the team. Our only two-time champion Rory McIlroy earned a spot on the European team