Jim Furyk Shoots 6th '59' in Golf History at BMW
Jim Furyk stole the show at the second round of the BMW Championshi.
The affable golfer from West Chester, Pa. played a remarkable round and shot a 59 at Conway Farms in suburban Chicago.
Furyk came into the second round nine strokes behind leader Brandt Snedeker. Furyk was 12 under par for the day and he is just one shot behind Snedeker after 36 holes
Furyk needed a birdie on the final hole to get to his magic number. He nailed his four-foot closing putt to become the sixth golfer to shoot 59 in the PGA tour's history.
The crowd stood and roared as Furyk had his moment, and made the most of it.
Furyk joins the "59 club," a group that includes just five other members.
Those five are Al Geiberger, Stuart Appleby, Paul Goydos, David Duval and Chip Beck. Geiberger became the first to accomplish the feat when he fired his 59 in the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic in 1977.
The playing conditions at Conway Farms were quite difficult. Not only did the temperature drop to the low 60s—it had been in the 90s earlier in the week—the winds were swirling and playing with many golfers' shots.
However, those winds did not bother Furyk. He served notice this would be his day when he birdied four of his first five holes and then eagled the sixth. That gave him the momentum needed to fire the remarkable 59.
Furyk has shot some great rounds in his life, but the best prior to today's 59 had been a 62. He was able to accomplish the feat because he hit all of his greens in regulation.
It wasn't official until Furyk signed his card. He made no mistake there.
He told Golf Channel's Steve Sands that it was the best round of golf he ever played, and that 59 is a "magic number."
As Furyk made his putt, Tiger went for a birdie on the 18th. It was a 20-footer that stayed left. He made his par and he finished the round at six under par for the tournament. He fired a one-under 70 on the day and he is five shots in back of leader Brandt Snedeker.
Furyk looks over his putt and his fellow touring pros have gathered to watch him go for his 59.
He studies it hard, as he should.
He drains the putt for his 59 and the crowd roars.
Furyk sticks his shot on the ninth hole and he has just four feet for his birdie. If he makes it, he would get his 59.
Tiger makes his par at the 17th to stay at six-under, but Furyk did not make his birdie putt on the eighth hole. It slid by on the left and he has a testing four-footer. He walks away from it a couple of times before stroking it in the center of the hole. If Furyk can birdie the ninth (his 18th of the day), he will have his 59.
Furyk may have gotten the break he needed. It seemed like his approach shot found the steep bunker on the eighth hole, but it stayed in the grass. He has a very tough shot in front of him, but not the ridiculous shot he would have had if he was in the bunker. He gets it on the green, but he will have to make an 18-foot putt to get his birdie.
Tiger finds the green on the 17th hole, but he is about 45-to-50 feet from the hole. That's not the kind of birdie putt that he can count on making. He needed just a bit more on that tee shot.
Tiger with a good stroke on that one and it finds the bottom of the cup. He knew he didn't have to hit it hard because the green is so fast. Perfect aim and he is back to six-under.
Tiger's second shot on 16 is solid. He's on the green with a chance to make birdie if he can hole out a 15-foot downhill putt. If that sounds difficult on this windy day, it is. This is one of the fastest greens on the course.
ESPN's Justin Ray points out that no golfer who has shot a 59 has ever done it with a bogey on his card. Furyk would be the first to do it.
Tiger's putt on the 15th is excellent, but it stays on the left edge and rims out. He read it well but his putt was unable to make that final turn and he has to settle for a par.
Furyk makes a birdie on the 16th and he's back to 11-under on the day. If he can play the last two holes in one under par, he'll become the sixth golfer to shoot 59 on tour.
Tiger fires his dangerous shot to the back of the green, but he gets a break as the ball rolls back towards the pin. He will have a 15-foot putt and he is pin high.
Meanwhile, the short 15th is turning into a tough hole today because the tee shot is directly into the wind. Tiger hits an iron and he finds the right side of the fairway.
Not everyone thinks Furyk is going to be successful in his run for 59.
Prediction: Furyk will have a 6-footer on his final hole to shoot 59...and he'll miss it on the low-side.— Alan Shipnuck (@AlanShipnuck) September 13, 2013
Tiger with a delicate chip on the 14th and he gets it to within three feet of the hole. He takes his time and has no trouble knocking it into the center of the cup for a birdie. He is still seven strokes behind Snedeker, but that birdie may be a good step towards making another run.
Phil finishes his round by missing a short putt. He finishe with a three-over 74 and he was not smiling as he walked off the ninth green. (He started on the back nine.)
Tiger's second shot is right on line, goes past the flag on this par five and rolls off the green. He should have an excellent chance to get up and down for a birdie.
Tiger hits a stellar 3-wood off the tee at the 585-yard 14th hole. It lands in the middle of the fairway, but by the time it is done rolling, it's in the fringe. He should have a chance to go for the green in two on this one.
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