7 incredible facts about Jim Furyk's record-breaking 58 at the Travelers Championship
Four years ago, Jim Furyk made history at the Travelers Championship, shooting the first 58 in PGA Tour history. It came nearly 40 years after Al Geiberger, aka Mr. 59, was the first to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event. Of course, then, Furyk can rightfully claim the catchy moniker Mr. 58.
When Furyk accomplished this feat in 2016, we put the record-breaking round in context. Here are a couple of facts about his incredible round.
There had been approximately 613,000 rounds in PGA Tour history at the time, and Furyk's was the lowest ever.
Oh, and while there have been four 59s since that time, no one has matched Furyk.
Furyk's 58 wasn't the first shot on a professional tour.
Furyk joined Jason Bohn (Mackenzie Tour, 2001), Ryo Ishikawa (Japan Tour, 2003) and Stephan Jaeger (Web.com Tour, 2016). Incredibly, Jaeger shot his 58 the week before Furyk did it at TPC Stonebrae en route to breaking the four-day scoring record with a 250.
Firing on all cylinders: Furyk hit all 18 greens in regulation, carded 10 birdies and one eagle and needed just 24 putts.
Furyk holed out on the third hole for eagle, and had just 10 putts on the front nine—as he made the turn in 27! That's one off the tour's record on nine holes—held by Corey Pavin (26 at 2006 U.S. Bank Championship). Furyk was 11 under through his first 12 holes, including seven birdies in a row from holes six through 12.
Experience on his side: Furyk had shot the last 59 on the PGA Tour prior to his 58—in the third round of the 2013 BMW Championship.
Furyk is the first player to shoot two sub-60 rounds—and he was the oldest to do it. The other rounds of 59: Al Geiberger (1977, Memphis Classic), Chip Beck (1991, Las Vegas Classic), David Duval (1999, Bob Hope Classic), Paul Goydos (2010, John Deere Classic), Stuart Appleby (2010, Greenbrier Classic), Justin Thomas (2017, Sony Open), Adam Hadwin (2017, CareerBuilder Challenge), Brandt Snedeker (2018, Wyndham Championship) and Kevin Chappell (2019, A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier).
Furyk started Sunday 16 shots off the lead, and made the cut on the number on Friday.
Furyk holed an eight-footer for par on his 18th hole on Friday just to make the cut. His 58 put him four shots off the lead before the leaders tee off. Just like his 59 in 2013, Furyk's sub-60 round came in a non-winning effort.
This was the ninth time Furyk hit all 18 greens in regulation.
What a ball-striking machine.
After his two-over round of 72 on Saturday, Furyk said caddie Mike (Fluff) Cowan sent pictures of Furyk's swing to his father and swing coach, Mike Furyk. Furyk said that's the FIRST time he has ever done that.
It's amazing that Furyk made history after admitting his swing was "a mess" the previous day.
Apparently, Furyk proved himself wrong on Sunday.
Back in 2013 after his 59 at the BMW Championship, Furyk said: "How many opportunities are you going to have in your life to do this?" Little did he know, he'd top that feat less than three years later.