59 Watch! Jim Furyk's front-nine 28 has him on verge of history
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59 Watch! Jim Furyk’s front-nine 28 has him on verge of history

Jim Furyk was snubbed for a captain's pick for the American Presidents Cup team two weeks ago. His response? On the path to shooting 59 or lower at the BMW Championship.

In his second round at Conway Farms on Friday, Furyk made eight birdies on his front nine -- the back nine of the course -- to shoot 8-under 28. The course is a par-71 track, meaning Furyk will need to play his final nine holes in 4 under par in order to break 60 for the sixth time in PGA Tour history.

[accordion] [tab title="59 on the PGA Tour"] Five players have shot 59 in the history of the PGA Tour:

  • Al Geiberger: 1977 Memphis Classic (29-30), Colonial Country Club (par 72)
  • Chip Beck: 1991 Las Vegas Invitational (30-29), Sunrise Golf Club (par 72)
  • David Duval: 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (31-28), PGA West (Palmer Course) (par 72)
  • Paul Goydos: 2010 John Deere Classic (31-28), TPC Deere Run (par 71)
  • Stuart Appleby: 2010 Greenbrier Classic (28-31), The Old White TPC (par 70)
[tab title="59 in 2013"] A 59 has already been shot twice in professional golf this year. Will Wilcox shot 59 to close the Utah Championship, then shortly thereafter, Russell Knox equaled that tally in the second round of the Boise Open on the Web.com Tour.[/tab] [/accordion]

That nine holes is the lowest in relationship to par this season on the PGA Tour and ties two other players for the lowest nine-hole score in 2013. Phil Mickelson shot 7-under 28 for the first nine in Round 1 of the Deutsche Bank Championship two weeks ago, while Charley Hoffman shot the same number at TPC River Highlands in the first round of the Travelers Championship in June.

Furyk was denied a spot on the American Presidents Cup team by captain Fred Couples two weeks ago, when Couples selected No. 11 Webb Simpson and 20-year-old stud Jordan Spieth with his two wild-card selections.

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