When you think of Jim Furyk, the most common descriptions that come to mind are likely a hard-nosed, workman-like attitude. He's carved out a tremendously successful career on the PGA Tour -- one of the best of his generation -- with an unorthodox swing.
You might not have thought about Furyk as a ladies man. But after he described how he met his wife, Tabitha, at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament as a young tour pro, you might give Furyk some credit for having game off the course.
In addition, Tabitha described how Jim proposed to her -- after months of failed attempts -- along the beach during the week of the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. How cool! She described how the couple went out to dinner in Carmel, and were taking a stroll on the beach when Jim decided to get down on one knee and propose. "Going back to Pebble Beach every year is really a special occasion for us," Tabitha told SiriusXM's PGA Tour radio on Tuesday morning.
*The Furyk family posing with the Western Open trophy in 2005 after Jim's win at Cog Hill G.C. in Lemont, Ill, one of his 16 PGA Tour wins. *
Also in the interview, Furyk described how he courted Tabitha during a post-round radio interview on the grounds of Muirfield Village in Ohio.
Here's Jim describing it:
"I was a second year player on the PGA Tour, Tabitha worked at Muirfield Realty, right next to where we played the Memorial at Muirfield. Her boss at the time was a gentleman by the name of Ray Hustek, who took the week off of work to do a radio show called 'Mr. Golf.' And he would cut into the show with an update of something going on at the tournament every 20 minutes.
"I walked off the green [after my round] and was goofing around with some kids and Tabitha caught my eye, so I said hello to her. I was a little shy about going up and talking to her. Then Ray came up to interview me. So the whole while he was interview me I kind of positioned myself so that I could keep checking her out. And [Ray] noticed, and he's the one that ended up kind of introducing us and getting us started."
So next time you watch Furyk plodding along during a PGA Tour event, we now know the guy has a cunning side to him as well.
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