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Jim Furyk’s Historic Round Ties Him for the Lead at the BMW Championship

September 14th, 2013 at 7:34 AM
By Rick Siddons

Friday the 13th is supposed to mean bad luck. Not to Jim Furyk. He shook off both the disappointment of not making the President's Cup team and his lethargic first round 72 to enter the record books where only five other men had trudged. 

'Jim Furyk' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

After an opening first nine 28, Furyk flirted with setting an all time scoring record for the PGA Tour before carding a clutch birdie on the ninth hole, his last, to tie the single round PGA Tour scoring record at 59. He's the first to do it since both Paul Goydos at the John Deere Classic and Stuart Appleby at the Greenbrier Classic both posted 59's in 2010. The only other three to accomplish the feat are Al Geiberger at the Memphis Classic in 1977, Chip Beck at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational, and David Duval at the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

Furyk is unique right now because he's the only sure Golf Hall of Famer to be in that bunch. With 16 PGA Tour wins, a 2003 U.S. Open Championship, and now this, he's likely a shoe in. Furyk must like doing big things in the Chicago area, as his 2003 U.S. Open title was won at Olympia Fields.

Not only did Furyk tie the historic sub-60 mark, he also surged into a tie for the lead here at the 2013 BMW Championship. First Round leader Brandt Snedeker held on to a share with a second round 68. Both men are at -11 entering the third round.

Zach Johnson is in third by himself at -8 after a second round 70. He was already finished with his round when told that Furyk was eleven under par with two holes to play. 

"For the day? Seriously?" he replied. "He's on No. 8 to go to 59? I don't have anything to say about that. That's ridiculous."

Furyk's first nine 28 (he played the back nine first) was highlighted by an eagle where he holed out from the fairway on the par four 15th. it followed a start where he birdied four of the first five holes he played and had him at -6 after only six holes played.

The reason that Johnson and others out on the course were so incredulous at Furyk's performance was because of the windy, dry, cool playing conditions. Conway Farms played much tougher for the rest of the field on Friday. The next best scores  included rookie phenom Jordan Spieth's 65, six strokes light of Furyk's incredible performance. Spieth's solid round left him in a tie for fourth. Nick Watney (69), Kevin Streelman (70), Charl Schwartzel (70), and Ryan Moore (69) joined him there.

Jimmy Walker matched Spieth's 65, but more importantly put him in position to get inside the top 30 of the FedEx Cup points race which would send him to Atlanta to play in the Tour Championship. Walker started the tournament 45th in FedEx points. He's tied for ninth for the BMW Championship along with Jason Day (66), Robert Castro (69), and Steve Stricker (71).

Tiger Woods struggled to a 72 but still has a fighting chance in a tie for 13th with Sergio Garcia (68) at -4. Masters Champ and World #2  Adam Scott similarly had a tough day with a 73.  Phil Mickelson was even worse, as the wind driven conditions drove him to a second round 74.

FedEx points leader Henrik Stenson (70) and U.S. Open Champ Justin Rose (71) both had pedestrian rounds and are tied for 28th at even par. Rory Mcllroy continued his poor play with a second round 77. 

 

 

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Tags: 59, Adam Scott, BMW Championship, Brandt Snedeker, FedEx Cup, Golf, Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson, Rory Mcllroy, Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson

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