Furyk’s 58 sets PGA Tour record
CROMWELL, Conn. — Jim Furyk has a place in PGA Tour history all to himself with a new magic number in golf.
Three years after Furyk became the sixth player on tour with a 59, he took it even lower Sunday in the Travelers Championship with a 12-under 58.
The 46-year-old American bounced in an eagle from 135 yards on his third hole, ran off seven straight birdies around the turn and picked up his final birdie on the 16th hole with a putt from just inside 24 feet. He rolled in a short par putt on the final hole at TPC River Highlands, thrust his arms in the air and waved his cap to salute thousands of fans who had rushed to the amphitheater around the 18th green to catch a stunning slice of history.
"There's a lot of rounds by a lot of great players ahead of me that have never reached 58, so to hold that record alone right now, on the PGA Tour at least ... is phenomenal," Furyk said. "To have a little, small place in history is something you dream of."
And it could have been even lower.
Furyk reached 11 under on the par-70 course with his seventh straight birdie at No. 12. He missed a 12-foot birdie attempt on the 14th hole, and after nearly driving the par-4 15th, his 8-foot birdie putt lipped out.
It might be one of the best rounds hardly anyone saw.
Furyk, who started the final round 16 shots out of the lead, had less than a dozen fans watching when he teed off at 8:41 a.m. He finished his round before Golf Channel coverage began.
The news traveled far.
"Amazing, eh?" Justin Rose said from the practice range at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro. "Amazing that he did it without birdieing the 13th (par 5) and 15th. Pretty cool."
It might not have happened if Furyk had not gone this road before. He shot a 59 at Conway Farms in the second round of the 2013 BMW Championship with a bogey on his card.
"I guess had I never shot 59 before, I probably would have been thinking 59, the barrier," he said. "But the fact that I did it three years ago, you know, in the back of my mind I've got 11-under through 12; I've got six holes to play. If I play them under par, I'm going to break another barrier."
CHAMPIONS: At Blaine, Minn., Joe Durant made a 10-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff with Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the PGA Tour Champions' 3M Championship.
The 52-year-old Durant won on the par-5 18th after closing with a birdie on the hole in regulation for a 9-under 63. After a double bogey on the par-4 14th, Jimenez birdied the last four holes for a 67 to match Durant at 19-under 197 at TPC Twins Cities.
Jimenez birdied the 18th in the playoff, too, before Durant rolled in the right-to-left winner.
U.S. WOMEN’S AMATEUR: At Springfield, Pa., South Korea's Eun Jeong Seong won the U.S. Women's Amateur at Rolling Green to become the first player to win the event and U.S. Girls' Junior in the same year.
The 16-year-old Seong outlasted Italy's Virginia Elena Carta 1 up in hot conditions in the 36-hole final, the first all-international championship match in 106 years.