One week ago, Jim Furyk was in rainy Atlanta, Georgia marching toward a FedEx Cup win and a nice little eight-figure check. On Sunday, Jim Furyk was in rainy Wales, marching toward oblivion.
The Euros won 2&1, but it wasn't that close. In fourball, of course, there are four balls on the course -- but all too often, Furyk's was a lot farther off the course than everyone else's. He often left Johnson, in effect, playing the Europeans by himself -- though, to be fair, Harrington wasn't much sharper.
The loss dropped Furyk's record in Ryder Cup fourball to an astonishing 1-8-1. (Overall, he's now 8-14-4 in Ryder Cup play.) That woeful record is certain to raise some eyebrows as to why U.S. captain Corey Pavin ran out Furyk in the fourball session at all. Add it to the list of second guesses that will be laid at the feet of Pavin if the U.S. should lose this tournament.
Furyk also played from behind in his Session 2 match, teaming with Rickie Fowler to halve a point against Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer. Considering the strength of that European pairing, a halve is an astonishing achievement, but still -- Furyk clearly is not at his best this week. FedEx Cup hangover, perhaps?