Jim Furyk Shoots First-Ever 58 Round in PGA Tour History

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2016

Jim Furyk watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Jim Furyk made history Sunday at the Travelers Championship, as he recorded the first round of 58 in the history of the PGA Tour.

After hitting a long birdie putt for 57 within two feet of the hole on the 18th, Furyk easily converted par to preserve the 58, as seen in this video courtesy of the PGA Tour:


History! Jim Furyk shoots 58! It's the lowest round in PGA TOUR history. Incredible. https://t.co/mzggwHU6tT

He shot 12 under for the day in a round that included 10 birdies, one eagle and no bogeys, per Golf Channel:

Golf Channel @GolfChannel

Mr. 58!!!!! Jim Furyk shoots the first 58 in #PGATour history in the final round of the @TravelersChamp https://t.co/6e3GOFpNLz

Six golfers have carded a 59 in a PGA Tour round, and the 46-year-old American is the most recent to do so, in 2013. He's the only golfer to break 60 twice in PGA Tour events.

PGA Tour provided a GIF of Furyk's celebration as he headed toward the clubhouse to sign his scorecard and make the 58 official:


To shoot 58 ... what a feeling that must be. https://t.co/MKpc1DphvI

While he is unlikely to have any ill feelings about his performance, any score higher than a 58 may have haunted him due largely to a birdie putt that lipped out on the 15th hole:


Brutal. 3 holes left. Just needs 3 pars for 59. https://t.co/2sus6kYtkB

Furyk bounced back from that bad break, however, with a birdie on the par-three 16th. He also birdied seven consecutive holes (Nos. 6-12) to put himself in position for the record.

His play off the tee and with his irons was a big part of his success. As Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star pointed out, Furyk didn't miss a single green in regulation Sunday:

Greg Hansen @ghansen711

Furyk hits all 18 greens in regulation. Who does that? It's like a Sandy Koufax perfect game

He entered the final round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, in 70th place at one over for the tournament, but by the time he finished his day, he was in fifth place at 11 under and the clubhouse leader.

While a win is unlikely, Furyk earned something far greater by etching his name in the sport's history forever.

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