Jim Furyk fires first 58 on PGA Tour

Jim Furyk celebrates after firing a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship. Picture: AP
Jim Furyk celebrates after firing a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship. Picture: AP
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Jim Furyk recorded the lowest round in PGA Tour history as he signed for a stunning 58 at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

The American came into the event as one of only six men to have posted a sub-60 total over 18 holes on the United States’ top tour after his 59 at the 2013 BMW Championship, and recorded an eagle and 10 birdies to lower that mark by one at TPC River Highlands.

The feat comes just 11 days after Germany’s Stephan Jaeger shot a 58 at the Ellie Mae Classic on the Web.com Tour - the PGA’s second tier - the first time it had ever been achieved in a sanctioned event on the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour, European Tour or Champions Tour.

“It’s pretty cool,” Furyk told Sky Sports 4. “Winning a major championship is at the top of my list, playing and winning on Ryder Cup teams and Presidents Cup teams and winning golf tournaments. This is really special.

“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’s 58 meant he was 12 under for his round on the par-70 layout and moved the 46-year-old to 11 under for the tournament after he had started the day over par.

After a par on the first, Furyk went birdie-eagle-birdie and then recorded seven birdies in a row after a second par on the fifth. Three pars followed but the 2003 US Open winner rolled in a 24-foot putt on the 16th and parred his way home to seal his place in the history books.

“I never thought I’d have the opportunity to shoot 59 so once we accomplished that goal I said, ‘I had my one chance, I was able to go ahead and birdie the last hole and do it, it’ll probably never happen again’, and lo and behold, I made the turn today and said, ‘here we go again’,” he added..

“It’s fun to break that barrier and be the first one. I know I turned at eight under par. I birdied 10, birdied 11, birdie 12 and then it becomes a mental struggle.”

Furyk - who did not make an appearance between September and May due to a wrist injury that required surgery - needed just 24 putts and hit all 18 greens in regulation.

Other examples of 58s in competition include Ryo Ishikawa on the Japan Tour in 2010, Shigeki Maruyama at a US Open sectional qualifier in 2000 and Jason Bohn on the Canadian Tour in 2001.

Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby are the other players to have shot sub-60 on the PGA Tour.

Furyk is set to act as a vice-captain for the United States Ryder Cup team at Hazeltine in September.