Holmes to replace ailing Furyk on U.S. Presidents Cup team

Fri Oct 2, 2015 1:50pm EDT
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(Reuters) - J.B. Holmes will replace the injured Jim Furyk on the U.S. Presidents Cup team for next week's matches in South Korea, with Furyk attending the biennial team competition as an assistant captain, U.S. captain Jay Haas said on Friday.

Furyk was unable to compete in the match play event against the International Team in Incheon starting on Oct. 8 because of an ongoing wrist injury. He becomes the fourth assistant, joining Fred Couples, Davis Love III and Steve Stricker.

The long-hitting, four-times PGA Tour winner Holmes, who was 12th in the final U.S. Cup standings, will round out the 12-man team.

"Jim did everything he could to be ready, and I'm sad that he won't be able to play," Haas said in a statement about Furyk, who would have been playing in his eighth Presidents Cup. "He's a totally selfless team player who will be missed.

"Even though he won't be able to play, to have both (wife) Tabitha and him in Korea will be a boost to the entire team."

Haas noted that Holmes is in good form, having logged two top 10s to end the PGA Tour's four-event FedExCup Playoffs with a flourish and cap a successful season.

"J.B. is excited for the opportunity and will be ready to play," said the captain.

Holmes, who won this year's Shell Houston Open and had two runner-up finishes on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, felt badly for Furyk.

"My heart goes out to Jim because I know how much the Presidents Cup means to him," said Holmes, who played on the winning U.S. Ryder Cup team at Valhalla in Kentucky in 2008.   Continued...

Sep 24, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; J.B. Holmes tees off the third hole during the first round of the Tour Championship by Coca-Cola at East Lake Golf Club.  John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports