Jim Furyk has been playing some of the best golf of his career lately, but on Friday during the second round of the BMW Championship, he played some of the best golf of anyone's career.
Entering the day at one-over and in a tie for 39th place, the 43-year-old became just the sixth golfer ever to break 60, finishing with an unreal 12-under 59 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forrest, Ill.
ESPN has the news:
When sports history is made, it's a great day. Congrats to Jim Furyk on his 59, only the 6th in @PGATOUR history.— ESPN (@espn) September 13, 2013
Not only did he shoot a 59, but he did it despite bogeying hole No. 5. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that's an accomplishment that has never been done before in the long history of the sport:
Jim Furyk is the 1st player ever to shoot a 59 on the PGA TOUR with a bogey on his scorecard.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 13, 2013
The PGA Tour even provided a shot of the veteran making it official and signing the historic card:
Lastly, the PGA Tour explained how he did it via Twitter:
Furyk started the day on the back nine, where he did something that only the most talented players in the world are capable of pulling off—if they're playing a video game. He went birdie, birdie, birdie, par, birdie, eagle, par, birdie, birdie on his way to an eight-under 28 before making the turn back to hole No. 1.
His pace didn't slow down there, though, as he knocked down three birdies on the next four holes to get to 11-under with five to play.
As whispers of a sub-60 began, however, he slipped up and bogeyed No. 5.
After a par on No. 6, Furyk calmly drilled this 11-foot putt on No. 7 to bring him back to 11-under with two holes remaining.
He parred the par-five No. 8, meaning he had to birdie the final hole for history. Naturally, he stuck this approach shot within a few feet like it was just another ordinary day of golf:
And here's the historic final putt:
Afterward, Furyk seemed ecstatic, if not fully aware of what he just accomplished, via the Golf Channel's Jason Sobel:
Furyk on matching history: "It'll sink in later. ... I'll enjoy this one for a few hours, at least, and have some fun with it."— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) September 13, 2013
Furyk, who has four top-10 finishes in his last five tournaments, including a runner-up at the PGA Championship, is currently tied for first with Brandt Snedeker at 11-under and looks like a lock to advance to the Tour Championship in Atlanta next week.
If he plays even a fraction as well as he did on Friday, the rest of the Tour could be in serious trouble.