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Jim Furyk named United States Ryder Cup captain for 2018
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Jim Furyk named United States Ryder Cup captain for 2018

The United States will be led by a veteran of the competition when it attempts to retain the Ryder Cup on European soil next year.

Jim Furyk has been named as the United States captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National.

Furyk was vice captain when the United States regained the trophy with a resounding 17-11 victory over Europe at Hazeltine last year and was confirmed as Davis Love III's successor Wednesday.

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Fred Couples was also a contender for the role, but it is the 2003 U.S. Open champion who will lead his country in the prestigious biennial event near Paris against a Europe team which will be captained by Thomas Bjorn.

Furyk, who has played in nine Ryder Cups, revealed that Love will be a vice captain in France in a role reversal from last year.

"This is such an honor, I'm overwhelmed," Furyk said. "This has been my favorite event in my career. It embodies everything that is special about golf.


"The experiences this event gives me, I get chills thinking about it and to be sitting here as captain is a great honor."

Furyk has been on more Ryder Cup teams than any other United States captain, but has only won the competition twice as a player.

The United States has not won the event overseas since a 15-13 success at The Belfry back in 1993.

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