A new record has been set with Jim Furyk shooting a 58 for the first time on the PGA Tour.
Jim Furyk has become the first-ever golfer to shoot 58 on the PGA Tour after carding 12-under in his final round of the Travelers Championship. And while Scotland’s Russell Knox won the tournament, it was hard for it not to be over-shadowed by the history making moment.
Battling a swing issue, Furyk has shot a 2-over par 72 on Saturday and spent the evening at the range.
The only coach Furyk has ever had is his father, and after sending him a few videos of his golf swing it was clear his back-swing had got a little long.
“I’m still a little stunned and a little flabbergasted,” Furyk said after his history-making round.
“I think playing Baltusrol, being a long golf course, being a really wet golf course, I think put a little pressure on my game and got my swing a little long, trying to hit the ball probably a little farther and not knowing it or not doing it consciously.”
Remarkably, Furyk is no stranger to going low and was the last person to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour.
“Yeah, having that experience in the past, and this one mimicked it a lot, it was comforting for me. You don’t wake up on Sunday morning with an 8:41 tee time thinking that anything exciting is going to happen,” Furyk said.
“I mean, really on those days the most exciting thing that can happen is the group in front of you plays quick and your flight takes off a little early and you get home is usually what you’re looking to do. ”
Furyk’s 58 almost didn’t happen after his playing partner had mistakingly put him down for a 3 instead of a 4 at the 14th hole. It was only discovered inside the scorer’s hut after the round.
This was almost an epic fail.
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Russell Knox had been suggesting during the week that he wasn’t far away from his second PGA Tour victory. Knox was proven correct after draining a sensational par putt on the final hole (followed by a sensational hat throw) to beat home-town favourite Jerry Kelly by one shot.
Marc Leishman was the best of the Australians, four shots behind Knox at 10-under par.