Jim Furyk Scores the First 58 in PGA Tour History

Jim Furyk of the U.S. comes off the course after a shooting a record setting 58 during the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship
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In the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship, Jim Furyk became the first golfer in PGA Tour history to shoot 58. It happened on Aug. 7, 2016.

There are a couple remarkable things about that, in addition to the basic, "holy cow, a guy just shot 58 on the PGA Tour!" reaction:

    How Furyk Shot 58

    How do you shoot 58? You make lots and lots of birdies, and nothing higher than par. The 46-year-old Furyk was 12-under par in his round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. That's a par-70 course for the Travelers Championship, so 12-under puts you at 58.

    Furyk had seven pars in his round, one eagle and 10 birdies.

    He started with a par, then birdied the second hole. The real fun began with a hole-out from the fairway for an eagle on the par-4 third hole. The hole-out was from 135 yards. His wedge shot hit the green and bounced into the hole.

    Then came another birdie, then a par on No. 5.

    Furyk then birdied the four remaining holes of the front nine to card a 27 on his front nine. That made Furyk the 11th golfer in PGA Tour history to shoot 27 for a nine - but 27 isn't the tour's 9-hole scoring record. That's 26, set by Corey Pavin in 2006. Furyk's 27 did, however, set a new course record for the front nine.

    But that's OK, because Furyk wasn't finished. He opened the back nine with three more birdies in a row. So he made seven consecutive birdies on holes 6-12.

    That got Furyk to 11-under par, bringing 59 into play. Furyk remained 11-under with pars on holes 13, 14 and 15. And then he made his final birdie of the round on No.

    16, rolling in a 23-foot putt to reach 12-under. And suddenly everyone realized: This isn't about 59, it's about 58.

    Furyk parred the 17th. He drove his ball down the middle of the 18th fairway, and put his approach on the green.

    He could have scored 57 with a 27-foot birdie putt on the last, but ran it about 18 inches by. Furyk then calmly knocked in the comebacker for the first 58 in PGA Tour history.

    Furyk's Finish

    Furyk began the final round in 65th place, so even with the lowest round in tour history he couldn't catch the leaders. (Furyk was 16 strokes behind the leader after Round 3.) He did vault 60 places up the leaderboard, though, finishing in a tie for fifth place. The winner was Russell Knox, and the next-lowest round of the day was Justin Thomas' 62.

    Furyk hit 13 out of 14 fairways during the round, and he hit every green. He needed 24 putts.

    Furyk Already Had a 59

    Maybe Furyk just didn't want to bother with another 59. I mean, if you've already shot 59 once, what's the thrill of doing it again? Might as well make the next one a 58, right?

    Furyk's 59 happened in the second round of the 2013 BMW Championship.

    At the time of his 58, Furyk had 17 career wins on the PGA Tour, including the 2003 U.S. Open.

    The First Web.com Tour 58 Happened Just a Week Earlier

    Scoring records are dropping fast in the world of golf. Just a week before Furyk's first-ever PGA Tour 58, the Web.com Tour had its first 58. That was by Stephan Jaegar in the 2016 Ellie Mae Classic.