Wednesday, January 9

Jim Furyk’s ‘Most Depressing Interview’

Jim Furyk (Allison)
IF, LIKE ME, YOU AGONIZED ABOUT Jim Furyk's failures at critical moments during the 2012 season, be sure to read the GOLF Magazine interview, "The Unraveling of Jim Furyk: Lessons Learned from a Season Marked by Failure."

Furyk comes across as brutally honest and provides insight about what went wrong at the U.S. Open, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the Ryder Cup, including how he dealt with the catastrophes immediately after and as time went by.

The interview itself was like a snap hook into the junk.

"I'm going to have to stick a knife in my heart at the end of this," Furyk said during the sitdown with Cameron Morfit.

"This is the most depressing interview I've ever given for this amount of time."

A couple of excerpts. Here's what Furyk said about dealing with defeat:
The way Greg Norman handled his defeat at the 1996 Masters -- was that a model for you, a template, sort of, for how to be graceful in defeat? 
No. I think when something happens that's upsetting for you, the last thing you think of is someone else. You feel like you're on an island, and the people that really care about you, and the people who are in your corner -- it's a small number. [Laughs] So I'm looking at my family, I'm looking at dear friends, but as I handled it and talked about it, I saw that when the questions were asked, a lot of people had soft looks in their eyes, almost like a I-feel-bad-I-have-to-ask-this-question look. Someone asked the other day, "How do you keep coming back? How do you pick yourself up?" It's just what we do! We get our asses beat week in and week out, some weeks worse than others. It's humbling.
On his son crying at Firestone:
After the WGC-Bridgestone, you mentioned seeing your 8-year-old son, Tanner, crying behind the green. Was there anything instructive about that day from a parenting perspective?

I probably handled myself better in the presence of them, having children, than I would have without being a father. One, I know they're there, I saw they're upset. He's young, he's going to be a little bit more emotional, whereas my daughter, she's older, she's a little bit more like me, hides her emotions from people. He sat there and listened to me answer questions. Even he'll say, "That's kind of annoying, isn't it?" But yeah, it's good for them to see.

1 comment:

Sweetwoods Park said...

Wow they asked him how it felt to directly have caused his son to cry? That's brutal! Poor guy, maybe he'll get some luck this year.