The PGA Tour was founded in 1929, between World War I and World War II. Before Sunday, Aug. 7, nobody had ever shot a 58 in tournament play. There had been approximately 1.5 million rounds in the history of the PGA Tour. In that time, there had been six 59s but no 58s. Let's scratch off "nobody."
Jim Furyk shot 58 on Sunday at the Travelers Championship by going out in 27 (one off the nine-hole PGA Tour scoring record) and coming home in 31. It was literally a one-in-a-million round.
58 on PGA Tour: 1 round in approx. 1.5M— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) August 7, 2016
MLB perfect games: 23 in approx. 215,000
MLB 20K games by pitcher: 4 in approx. 215,000
Furyk, 46, holed out for eagle on the third hole and got even hotter from there. He made 10 birdies and seven pars on the par-70 course for the lowest round in PGA Tour history. For a while, it looked like he might shoot 56 or something lower, and he even had a putt at the final hole for 57.
"Late in the front nine, I felt good with my short irons," Furyk told Golf Channel after the round. "Late in that front nine, I had a special feeling. To turn in 27, you can't help but think about it. To be 11 under par with six to play, it became a mental game. There's a lot of rounds by a lot of great players ahead of me that never reached 58. To hold it on the PGA Tour is phenomenal. To have a piece of PGA Tour history is something you dream of."
He was 11 under through 12 holes! But Furyk made five pars in his last six. The only other birdie came on No. 16 to get to 12 under.
The man cannot be stopped right now.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 7, 2016
-12 thru 16. https://t.co/BgQv9N6DMN
Here's what his scorecard looked like.
Furyk was one of only six men in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 coming into Sunday and became the first golfer to shoot two different rounds in the 50s on the PGA Tour. He was also the last to shoot 59 back in 2013.
Furyk's 58 is the fourth in pro golf history and the second in U.S. pro golf history. The first unbelievably came last week on the Web.com Tour when Stephan Jaeger did it. Here are all four instances.
|2001||Jason Bohn||MacKenzie Tour||Bayer Championship||4||58|
|2010||Ryo Ishikawa||Japan Tour||The Crowns||4||58|
|2016||Stephan Jaeger||Web.com Tour||Ellie Mae Classic||1||58|
|2016||Jim Furyk||PGA Tour||Travelers Championship||4||58|
He hit all 18 greens in regulation including the last right before touching off the historic round. Here's a look at his 56th shot of the tournament into the 18th green along with the 57th and 58th shots on the green.
History!— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 7, 2016
Jim Furyk shoots 58!
It's the lowest round in PGA TOUR history.
Furyk is not going to win the tournament -- he still trailed the leaders at the time he finished -- but what he did on Sunday was one of the more spectacular peformances in golf history.