Jim Furyk is the first player to ever shoot 58 on the PGA Tour. In fact, he has the last two sub-60 rounds on Tour. Furyk shot 59 in 2013 at the BMW Championship, and posted his 58 yesterday at the Travelers Championship. 59 has been done a handful of times on both the PGA and Web.com tours. 58? That has never been done on either tour…until just last week.
Stephan Jaeger posted either tour’s first 58 on July 28th, 2016 in the first round of the Web’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. How do you follow the first ever 58??? With a 65, 64, 63 of course.
Fast forward a week and two days. Furyk is 1-over going into Sunday at the Travelers Championship. 1-over. Then fires a 12-under 58 to jump 65 spots into a T-5 finish. In a year of missed starts for Furyk from injury, he has done the job recently to put himself in conversation for the Ryder Cup squad.
Some have countered that he shot 58 on a day where he felt no pressure by being so far out of the lead (16 shots). No pressure? There was plenty. Furyk backed off a par putt on 17 twice (once from routine as he normally does). When you are in the 58 zone, it’s on the mind as much as one can imagine.
But what are the chances that these 58’s happen in back-to-back weeks? That’s like, getting struck by lightning, right? Well, maybe even lesser odds historically speaking. Two 58’s in a row. That’s insane. Did Furyk feed off of that knowing it had been done the week before? Did that take some pressure off of being at the 58 mark knowing pars on the last few holes would do it? Maybe slightly. But not enough to change the significance of it. Not enough to take any credit away from Furyk of being the first to do it on the PGA Tour. But to Jaeger, he will always be “the first.”
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