Furyk fires 59 at BMW Championship

Jim Furyk became just the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 during the second round of the BMW Championship today.

Furyk, who started on the back nine and made the turn in a sizzling 8-under 28, drained a 3-foot putt on the 9th, his final hole, to card the 59 and move into a tie with Brandt Snedeker for the lead at 11-under.

Jim Furyk Jim Furyk celebrates with his caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan after putting on the ninth green to shoot a 59 during the second round of the BMW Championship (Credit: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Hitting fourteen of fourteen fairways and averaging 239 metres off the tee, not long by modern day tour standards, it was Furyk’s crisp iron and wedge play and his putting that got the job done with the world number 15 hitting 100% of greens in regulation and needing just 23 putts.

The 2003 US Open Champion would sign a card for 11 birdies and eagle on the 7,149-yard, par-71 Conway Farms Golf Club near Chicago. The only blemish, a bogey on the par 5th.

“It’s a magic number,” said Furyk during his post round television interview.

“It’s hard to get under 30 on nine. It’s definitely hard to get under 60 [on 18]. So it definitely was playing tricks on my mind. I told myself on 9, ‘How many opportunities are you going to have to do this in your life.’”

Aussie Stuart Appleby was the most recent to shoot a 59 in a PGA Tour event, at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.

Others to accomplish the feat are Paul Goydos (2010 John Deere Classic), David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic), Chip Beck (1991 Las Vegas Invitational) and Al Geiberger (1977 Memphis Classic).

Aussie Jason Day pushed his way into the top-10 after a five-under, 66, left him at five-under in a tie for 9th, while Adam Scott slipped down the leaderboard after a 73 dropped him to two-under for the tournament and in a tie for 17th.

Matt Jones (70) joined Scott in a tie for 17th to keep his slim hopes of survival alive (the top-30 points leaders advance to the Tour Championship next week), while Marc Leishman (70) remained at two-over in a tie for 45th.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy carded 77 for a two-round total of 13 over on a day he would rather forget.