Jim Furyk kept waiting for the phone to ring to learn about the Presidents Cup. News came from the buzz of a text message, a peculiar way to find out he would not be part of an American team for the first time since Tiger Woods was still trying to get his PGA Tour card.
U.S. captain Fred Couples used his captain's picks Wednesday on Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old rookie and youngest American in Presidents Cup history.
"I'm disappointed," said Furyk, who began his streak of 15 consecutive teams at the 1997 Ryder Cup. "I'm sure Dustin Johnson is disappointed and Bubba (Watson) is disappointed. Webb and Jordan, I think they're good picks and they're going to be excited. You've got to say 'yes' to somebody and 'no' to somebody."
Getting the news through a text was awkward, especially because Furyk at first thought the picks were to be announced on Tuesday, one day after the final qualifying event at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
"I felt he would pick Webb because ...