Jim Furyk shoots 59
Jim Furyk birdied the last hole to shoot the sixth 59 in PGA Tour history on Friday.
Jim Furyk shot a 59 at the BMW Championship on Friday and he did it with a fantastic birdie on the final hole (just as the five othe golfers who had shot 59 on the PGA Tour had done).
Furyk told Steve Sands of Golf Channel after his round that he was nervous coming down the stretch.
"[It was] a little hectic down the stretch. The putt at seven got me going. I told myself on No. 9 'How many opportunities are you going to have in your life to do this again?'"
Furyk shot a 28 on his first nine holes (the back nine of the course) and birdied two of his last three holes. He also had a hole-out eagle on No. 15. Here's his scorecard:
There wasn't much drama on the last hole as Furyk stiffed a wedge from 103 yards out and had a kick-in for birdie. I think if I was standing over a 59 I'd probably want a kick-in for birdie.
Here's a look at his approach shot:
And his final putt:
Furyk said his three-foot putt was as nervous as he's eve been over a putt that short early in a tournament.
"Not on a Friday, maybe on a Sunday."
Furyk is just the sixth man in the history of the PGA Tour to shoot 59.
For fun, here's the full list of golfers who have shot 59 in PGA Tour history.
|59s in PGA Tour History|
|Al Geiberger||-13||Danny Thomas Memphis Classic||1977|
|Chip Beck||-13||Las Vegas Invitational||1991|
|David Duval||-13||Bob Hope Classic||1999|
|Paul Goydos||-13||John Deere Classic||2010|
|Stuart Appleby||-11||Greenbrier Classic||2010|
|Jim Furyk||-12||BMW Championship||2013|
And Furyk is the first golfer to do it with a bogey on his card.
If Jim Furyk shoots the 6th 59 in PGA TOUR history today, he'll be the first to ever do it with a bogey on his scorecard.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) September 13, 2013
Furyk's stats included 17 greens hit in regulation, 14 of 14 fairways hit, five pars, an eagle, a bogey, and 11 birdies.
The craziest part of the entire thing is that the next best score on Friday was 65 -- six shots worse than Furyk!
Furyk acknowledged that after his round.
"Absolutely. That [distance between the best score and next best score] defines really good rounds."
There's still work to be done for Furyk thought. He's tied for the lead with Brandt Snedeker and will try to become the third golfer to shoot 59 and win the tournament in which he did it (two of the first five did so).
"It'll sink in later. I'm excited. I'll have to calm down later on tonight."
Something tells me that's not usually a problem for Furyk.
It might be tonight, though.
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