Jim Furyk drops out after six holes

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jim Furyk withdrew from the BMW Championship after six holes Thursday because of a wrist injury he fears could keep him out of next week's Tour Championship as well as the Presidents Cup.

Furyk, 45, who shot 59 at Conway Farms Golf Club two years ago, is ninth in the FedEx Cup standings and assured one of the 30 spots in next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta -- if he is fit to play.

"I'm very concerned," said Furyk, who captured his 17th PGA Tour title earlier this year at the RBC Heritage. "I only have two more events to finish out the season, and I would love to be ready for both of them. If I can't get ready for next week, I would like to get ready for the Presidents Cup.

"But I also want to play with a chance to compete, and right now being out here I have no chance to compete this week with the pain I was feeling."

The injury is to Furyk's left wrist, the same one on which he had surgery in 2004, costing him several months of that season. The pain is on a different side of the wrist, he said.

"It's beyond sore," said Furyk, who said the wrist started bothering him two weeks ago at the Deutsche Bank Championship. "I'm in pain out there trying to manage it. I'm not near 100 percent. I don't know if flinching is the right word, but I'm having a hard time getting through the ball on the ground right now. ... It's just not worth being out there."

It is the first time Furyk had to withdraw from a tournament since 1995.

If Furyk is unable to play at the Presidents Cup, scheduled for Oct. 8-11 in South Korea, U.S. captain Jay Haas would get to make another pick to replace him.