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Jim Furyk and David Duval are Zurich Classic’s oldie but goodies

VIA The Times-Picayune

There’s not a team in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with more combined experience than Jim Furyk and David Duval.

“What are you trying to say?” Furyk said with a laugh Tuesday.

Furyk, 47, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain, has been a pro since 1992. Duval, 46, turned pro in 1993.

So that’s 51 years combined experience from two golfers who have the most tour wins of anybody in the Zurich field (Furyk 17, Duval 13) and the only players in the field who have sub-rounds (Furyk shot a PGA record of 58 in 2016, Duval shot a 59 in 1999).

“Some of these kids are young enough to be our children,” Furyk said of the wave of young golfers.

Duval is impressed by the up-and-coming talent.

“I don’t think there’s any question it’s the best generation of players there has ever been,” he said. “There are more and more of them and I think it a lot of it is the advent of the Golf Channel.

“They’ve grown up their whole lives watching Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, so they come out (on the PGA Tour) with no intimidation. They feel like they know them. They just jump in like they’re playing their local club tournaments. I think it’s fascinating.”

One of the youngsters is Sam Burns, a 21-year-old former LSU golfer who turned pro last August after his sophomore season.

He’s playing this week with 38-year old William McGirt, who turned pro in 2004 and who has one career PGA Tour win (2016 Memorial).

McGirt and Burns played a practice round together Tuesday that McGirt found funny.

“He (Burns) literally hit it (his tee shot) 60, 70 yards by me sometimes,” McGirt said.

Louisiana golfers: Current Masters champion Patrick Reed and three former LSU golfers will Louisiana flavor to the Zurich.

Reed helped University High of Baton Rouge to two high school state championships.

 



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