It appears that golfer Jim Furyk has put his recent snub behind him. Just days after being told via text message that he would not be included on this year’s President’s Cup team, the 43 year old Furyk tied the PGA scoring record with a 59 at the BMW Championship. He is now tied for the lead in the tournament to boot.
A stellar day to say the least, 59 is a score most golfer’s have posted for a nine hole round at some point in their playing days, Furyk was able to calm his nerves and birdie two of the final three holes of his round in order to tie the record.
Five other PGA Tour players have broken 60 in a tournament round, but Furyk is the only one to do so with a bogey on his card.
The historic mark looked bleak after the man with the funky swing could only muster a par on number 8, a par five and the third easiest hole on the course. Not to be discouraged by the par, Furyk gave himself a pep talk.
“I just told myself, ‘How many opportunities are you going to have in your life to do this?’ ” Furyk explained. “Got to take advantage of it.”
The other five golfers who have shot 59 in a round on the PGA Tour are Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby.
The possibility of tying the record never really phased Furyk throughout the round. At least not until he walked to the green on his last hole, the par 4 ninth.
“I guess the moment kind of struck me the most at No. 9 when I hit it the wedge shot in there close, and the crowd erupted and I started looking around and it just hit me how many people had come over to that side to see the finish and how excited the crowd was. It was kind of like winning a golf tournament to be honest with you. It made it that much more fun.”
Fans flocked to watch him tie the mark on the final hole, however Furyk kept the mood light. Discussing his favorite NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, with his playing partner Gary Woodland.
Even the fans joked with him. “Jimmy, I’ll give that to you,” one fan yelled. Furyk smiled and waved, not focusing on the task at hand.
Once he approached his final three foot birdie attempt, he calmly dropped in the putt like he had so many times already that day.
Furyk now has himself in position to take home the trophy at the BMW Championship, tying Brett Snedeker for the lead heading into the weekend.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express