Sunday 22 April 2018

Furyk makes PGA history by shooting spectacular 58

Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk

William S Callahan

Jim Furyk recorded the lowest round in PGA Tour history yesterday as he signed for a stunning 58 at the Travelers Championship.

The American came into the event as one of only six men to have posted a sub-60 total over 18 holes on the United States' top tour after his 59 at the 2013 BMW Championship, and recorded an eagle and 10 birdies to lower that mark by one at TPC River Highlands.

The feat comes just 11 days after Germany's Stephan Jaeger shot a 58 at the Ellie Mae Classic on the Tour - the PGA's second tier - the first time it had been achieved in a sanctioned event on the Tour, PGA Tour, European Tour or Champions Tour.Furyk's 58 meant he was 12-under for his round on the par-70 layout and moved the 46-year-old to 11-under for the tournament after he had started the day over-par.

After a par on the first, Furyk went birdie-eagle-birdie and then recorded seven birdies in a row after a second par on the fifth. Three pars followed but the 2003 US Open winner rolled in a 24-foot putt on the 16th and parred his way home to seal his place in the history books.

Furyk - who did not make an appearance between September and May due to a wrist injury that required surgery - needed just 24 putts and hit all 18 greens in regulation.

Other examples of 58s in competition include Ryo Ishikawa on the Japan Tour in 2010, Shigeki Maruyama at a US Open sectional qualifier in 2000 and Jason Bohn on the Canadian Tour in 2001.

Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby are the other players to have shot sub-60 on the PGA Tour.

Furyk is set to act as a vice-captain for the United States Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine in September.

"It's pretty cool," Furyk said. "Winning a major championship is at the top of my list, playing and winning on Ryder Cup teams and Presidents Cup teams and winning golf tournaments. This is really special.

"A million and a half rounds played in the history of the PGA Tour and you look at the great names ahead of me. It's humbling, to stand alone at 58 is really a cool accomplishment.

"I never thought I'd have the opportunity to shoot 59 so once we accomplished that goal I said, 'I had my one chance, I was able to go ahead and birdie the last hole and do it, it'll probably never happen again', and lo and behold, I made the turn today and said, 'here we go again'.

"It's fun to break that barrier and be the first one. I know I turned at eight-under-par. I birdied 10, birdied 11, birdied 12 and then it becomes a mental struggle."

Furyk finished three shots behind eventual winner Scotland's Russell Knox who sank a 12-foot par putt at the final hole to beat Jerry Kelly by one stroke.

Knox carded a closing 68 to finish at 14-under-par 266, 13 shots ahead of Pádraig Harrington who endured a difficult final round as he shot a disappointing 75.

Harrington - who had shot a fine 65 on Saturday - had made the turn in one-under but he struggled on the back nine with a six-over-par 41.

Elsewhere, Anthony Wall saw off Alex Noren in the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play final to win his second European Tour title.

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