“How many opportunities are you going to have in your life to do this?” said Jim Furyk after shooting a 59 in the second round of the 2013 BMW Championship, becoming one of six players to ever do so on the PGA Tour.
Ironically enough, the now 46-year-old Furyk had another opportunity looming, and one to put up an even better score. During the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., Furyk posted a 12-under 58, the first player on the PGA Tour to ever shoot a round that low, while hitting all 18 greens in regulation.
Entering Sunday 16 shots back of the lead, Furyk got off to a torrid start, with two birdies and an eagle on his first four holes. He would birdie four more holes on the front nine alone, bringing his nine-hole score to an incredible eight-under 27.
But it didn’t stop there. He birdied the first three holes on the back nine, marking seven consecutive holes he had birdied. This brought him to 11 under for the round, meaning all he needed to do was par out for his second career score of 59.
But, Furyk wouldn’t stop there. He rolled in a 23-footer for birdie on 16, and then maintained par on the final two holes to secure his spot in history.
The lead of Daniel Berger was still too much to conquer, though, as Furyk trailed by four strokes at the end of his round. Regardless, he climbed a massive 65 spots up the leader board, and is currently in sole possession of fifth place at 11 under.
More importantly, he is now the first player to shoot a 58 on the PGA Tour, AND the first player to have two rounds of 59 or better on tour. Plus, he made a good case for why he should be picked for the Ryder Cup team.