He was the Ryder Cup captain responsible for everything from team dinners to uniforms, all the while keeping an eye on how the U.S. team was shaping up.
Furyk was No. 37 in the world when he was appointed captain, the best ranking of a U.S. captain since Tom Watson was selected to lead the 1993 team.
Ryder Cup captains now tend to be at the end of their careers, typically serving in their late 40s, though Furyk would hope he has plenty left.
He played nine times the following year and made one cut, once in 2010 and that was the last time he played.
He was No. 58 in the world when he was appointed captain and No. 38 in the world when the 2006 Ryder Cup ended.