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Golfer Jim Furyk makes PGA history with score of 58 – SportsUntapped.com
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Added August 9th, 2016 by Ian

Golfer Jim Furyk makes PGA history with score of 58
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American golfer Jim Furyk made PGA history on August 7th by shooting a round of 58 at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. The 46-year-old had an eagle and 10 birdies on the 70-par round to finish it at 12 under. However, even though he managed a record-setting round in the tournament, Furyk didn’t win it as he finished in fifth place, three strokes behind Scotland’s Russell Knox. Furyk also went into the event as one of just six male golfers to previously score under-60 on an 18-hole round. All previous players had scored a 59 once in their careers. Furyk managed to shoot a round of 59 at the BMW Championship back in 2013.

After his one-of-a-kind performance at the TPC River Highlands course, Furyk told the assembled media, “A million and a half rounds played in the history of the PGA Tour and you look at the great names ahead of me. It’s humbling to stand alone at 58 is really a cool accomplishment.” Furyk hit for par on the first, fifth, 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th holes while he had an eagle on the third. He managed to birdie the other 10 holes. Furyk isn’t the only male golfer or the first to shoot a 58 though as Stephan Jaeger of Germany managed the feat 11 days earlier on the Web.com Tour at the Ellie Mae Classic tournament at TPC Stoneware.

The Web.com Tour is the second tier of the PGA and Jaeger was the first male to achieve it in a PGA, Web.com, Champions or European Tour. Other golfers have shot a 58 before in other competitions. These include Ryo Ishikawa on the 2010 Japan Tour as well as Shigeki Maruyama at a 2000 US Open sectional qualifier as well as Jason Bohn on the 2001 Canadian Tour. The five other players who shot a 59 previously on the PGA tour were Chip Beck, Al Geiberger, Paul Goydos, Stuart Appleby and David Duval.

Furyk, of West Chester Pennsylvania, went into the final round of the recent Travelers Championship at one-over par and his 12-under on Sunday saw him finish the event at 11-under. He managed seven straight birdies from the sixth to 12th holes. Furyk, who won the U.S. Open in 2003, was sidelined from last September to this May because of wrist surgery and has now returned to the links in a big and historic way. He is also scheduled to be a vice-captain this September for the American Ryder Cup team. Furyk is currently the 23rd-ranked male golfer in the world by the PGA.

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