Days like today are exactly what make the FedEx Cup Playoffs so exciting.
The day after a one-over-par 72 had him nine shots back of leader Brandt Snedeker, veteran Jim Furyk played the round of his life, becoming only the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a round of 59 in an official tournament.
Starting his round on the 10th hole, Furyk made birdies on his first three holes to start off hot, and it only got better from there. When he holed his approach shot for an eagle on the par-4 15th, it became evident that this round had the makings of something special. Another streak of birdies began on the front nine, but even a lone bogey on the par-4 fifth wouldn’t stop Furyk’s run.
Even though Furyk said it wasn’t on his mind during the round, it certainly must have been nice to play such a phenomenal round after the disappointment of missing out on the President’s Cup selection. Furyk may not be one to use perceived slights for motivation, but certainly finding himself in a tie with Snedeker for the 36-hole lead will give him all the boost he needs to finish strong.
“I’ll enjoy this one for a few hours and have some fun with it,” Furyk said after the historic day. I think I’ll sleep pretty good. There’s not much I could have improved upon today, so I think I’ll sleep well tonight.”
He’s right about that. Furyk hit every fairway and 17 of 18 greens on his way to his 59. Not only that, but he also set the tournament record for best nine-hole score with a 28 on his first nine. He also has some more history on his side. Of the five other rounds of 59 in Tour history, three of them – Stuart Appleby in 2010, David Duval in 1999, and Al Geiberger in 1977 – went on to win their tournaments. None have finished lower than third.
Furyk deserves to take some time tonight to enjoy his historic accomplishment. Look for it to springboard him to more success through the weekend.