Jim Furyk creates PGA history shooting 58
American Jim Furyk created PGA Tour with the 46-year-old golfer shooting the first-ever round of 58 on the final day of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Six players enjoyed a share of the record of having shot 59 since Al Geiberger first broke 60 at the 1977 Memphis Classic.
And Furyk, with his 12-under par 58 on the par 70 TPC River Highlands course, was also the last to post a 59 at the 2013 BMW Championship.
Now the veteran American has become the first player in the 86-year history of the PGA Tour to shoot a 58.
And Furyk’s round on the par 70 TPC Riverlands course could have been a 57 as his putt lipped out on the 15th.
All up, Furyk’s round included 10 birdies, one eagle, and seven pars.
“Having had the opportunity to shoot a 59 and managing to accomplish that goal I thought I’ve had my one chance when I birdied the last hole so that will probably never happen again but lo and behold then I made the turn today and I said to myself here we go again”, he said.
“So it was fun to break that barrier and be the first one to shoot a 58.
“Fluff and I were aware where we were at and I know I turned at eight under par and go out and birdie 10 and then birdie 11, 12 and then it becomes a mental struggle.”
“So this is pretty cool and winning a Major Championship is top of my list while playing and winning on Ryder Cup teams, and President Cup teams, and winning golf tournaments but then to shoot a 58 is very special and I don’t think it has sunk in yet as it’s been kind of whirlwind since I finished-up my round.”
“CBS Sports said there’s probably been a million-and-a-half rounds played on the PGA Tour and you look at the great names ahead of me and it is humbling to stand alone having shot a 58 and it’s a cool accomplishment.”
While Furyk created history on the PGA Tour he’s not the only player to shoot a 58.
In 2010, Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa shot a 58 – 12 birdies and no bogeys – to win The Crowns tournament on the Japan Tour while only last week Germany’s Stefan Jager shot a 58 on his way to winning the Ellie Mae Classic on the secondary Web.Com Tour.
However there has not been one sub-60 round on the European Tour since the inception of the Tour in 1972.