Jim Furyk joins the 59 club
September, 13, 2013
By Justin Ray | ESPN.com
AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastJim Furyk shot an 8-under 28 on his first nine holes at the BMW Championship on Friday.Jim Furyk joined a prestigious club on Friday -– the 59 club.
Furyk shot a 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship to become the sixth player to shoot a round of 59 on the PGA Tour. He's the first player to do so since Stuart Appleby in the fourth round of the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.
Furyk, 43, is the first player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 with a bogey in the round. Furyk, who shot a 62 four times, bested his previous career-low round by three strokes. He shot six strokes better than any other player at the BMW Championship on Friday.
He hit all 14 fairways, hit 17 of 18 greens, had an impressive 12 one-putts, and totaled just 23 putts. He shot 16-for-17 on putts 15 feet and in, and led the field in Strokes Gained Putting at +4.1.
Furyk is only the second player to shoot a 59 specifically in the second round of a PGA Tour event, the first since Al Geiberger in 1977 at the Memphis Classic.
Despite his record-tying round, Furyk does not have the outright lead through two rounds. He's tied with Brandt Snedeker at 11-under par. Furyk is the second player to shoot a 59 and not have the outright lead after that day. The other player to do so was Chip Beck, who was tied for the lead after the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational.