Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

58! Furyk shoots lowest round in PGA Tour history

Jim Furyk has reason to beam after his PGA Tour record 58 at the Travelers Championship.

Getty Images

Jim Furyk has reason to beam after his PGA Tour record 58 at the Travelers Championship.

CROMWELL, Conn. — Jim Furyk has a place in PGA Tour history all to himself with a new magic number in golf.

Three years after Furyk became the sixth player on tour to shoot 59, he took it even lower Sunday in the Travelers Championship with 12-under 58.

The 46-year-old native of West Chester, Pa., bounced in an eagle from 135 yards on his third hole, ran off seven straight birdies around the turn and picked up his final birdie on the 16th hole with a putt from just inside 24 feet. He rolled in a short par putt on the final hole at TPC River Highlands, thrust his arms in the air and waved his cap to salute thousands of fans who had rushed to the amphitheater around the 18th green to catch a stunning slice of history.

"There's a lot of rounds by a lot of great players ahead of me that have never reached 58, so to hold that record alone right now, on the PGA Tour at least … is phenomenal," Furyk said.

And it could have been even lower.

Furyk reached 11 under on the par-70 course with his seventh straight birdie at No. 12. He missed a 12-foot birdie on the 14th hole, and after nearly driving the par-4 15th, his 8-foot birdie putt lipped out.

It might be one of the best rounds hardly anyone saw.

Furyk, who started the final round 16 shots out of the lead, had less than a dozen fans watching when he teed off at 8:41 a.m. He finished his round before the Golf Channel's coverage began.

The news traveled far.

"Amazing, eh?" Justin Rose said from the practice range at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro. "Amazing that he did it without birdieing the 13th (par 5) and 15th. Pretty cool."

It might not have happened if Furyk had not gone this road before. He shot 59 in Lake Forest, Ill., in the second round of the 2013 BMW Championship with a bogey on his card. "I guess had I never shot 59 before, I probably would have been thinking 59, the barrier," he said.

Ryo Ishikawa shot 58 in The Crowns on the Japan Golf Tour in 2010. Shigeki Maruyama shot 58 in U.S. Open sectional qualifying in 2000. And last week Stephan Jaeger posted 58 on the Web.com Tour in the Ellie Mae Classic.

Furyk is the only player with sub-60 rounds twice. And both times, he had to settle for history, not a trophy. He was third at the 2013 BMW Championship and finished in a tie for fifth Sunday.

Now he not only has 59 on his resume, he has 58.

"No one else can say they've done that out here on the PGA Tour," said Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open winner who might be more known in the Tampa Bay area for winning the 2010 Transitions (now the Valspar Championship) at Innisbrook. "It's really special."

Hole

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Out

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Total

Par

4

4

4

4

3

5

4

3

4

35

4

3

4

5

4

4

3

4

4

70

Furyk

4

3

2

3

3

4

3

2

3

27

3

2

3

5

4

4

2

4

4

58

58! Furyk shoots lowest round in PGA Tour history 08/07/16 [Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2016 12:10am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa's Lance McCullers shows killer instinct in pitching Astros to World Series

    Ml

    HOUSTON — It felt like the beginning on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park, the arrival of a new force on the World Series stage. The Astros are back, for the first time in a dozen years, and they want to stay a while.

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers (43) throwing in the fifth inning of the game between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, July 12, 2015.
  2. Jones: Where are the difference-makers on the Bucs defense?

    Bucs

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — They can't tackle. They can't cover. They can't pressure the quarterback, let alone sack him.

    Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles past Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (98) during the first half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Bucs-Bills journal: Breakout game for Bucs tight end O.J. Howard

    Bucs

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It's obscured by the final score and a disappointing loss, but Bucs rookie tight end O.J. Howard had a breakout game Sunday, exceeding his season totals for catches and touchdowns in one afternoon.

    Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (80) celebrates a touchdown catch with quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Vladislav Namestnikov is Lightning's top-line 'secret'

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Nikita Kucherov is piling up the goals. Steven Stamkos is an assist machine. They make for an impressive pairing in a league that favors scoring pairs over the more traditional three-player scoring lines.

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Vladislav Namestnikov (90) reacts after scoring during the third period of the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.
  5. Ex-Lightning forward Brian Boyle returns to practice after cancer diagnosis

    Lightning Strikes

    NEWARK, N.J. — Brian Boyle, diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last month, was back on the ice with his Devils teammates Sunday after getting cleared to practice for the first time since his diagnosis.

    Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer that the team's doctor says can be treated with medication, the Devils announced Tuesday. [AP photo]