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Lookback: Remembering Jim Furyk’s 58 at the Travelers

Jim Furyk began the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship a full 16 shots off the lead, with an 8:41 a.m. tee time and hopes maybe his plane could get airborne a little early.

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The PGA Tour’s first 58 has a way of changing those plans. Though he didn’t win – Russell Knox did – Furyk’s history-making feat stole the thunder at TPC River Highlands.

“It’s kind of a reminder no matter how bad you feel with your swing you’re never that far away,” said Furyk, who hit all 14 fairways and was a perfect 18-for-18 in greens in regulation.

The fireworks began at No.3, holing a wedge from 135 yards away for eagle. He followed with five birdies in his next six holes, completing the front nine in 8-under-par 27. Three more birdies to start the back got him to 11-under, with plenty of time to go even lower than the 59 he’d fired at the 2013 BMW Championship.

A makeable birdie chance at No.14 just missed, and a 7-foot birdie at the 15th spun out of the cup. The breakthrough came at the par-3 16th, curling a 23-footer into the hole to get to 12-under. Two more pars completed the triumph.

“I’ve got like 300 pictures at home with ‘59’ on them,” Furyk quipped in a post-round media scrum. “Gotta throw all that crap away.”

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Following the record-setting round, Furyk reviewed his scorecard, hole by hole. Here’s a transcript from an archived post.

JIM FURYK RECAPS HISTORIC ROUND

Hole 1 – Par 4 – 434 yards (Par, E)
“(No. 1) Driver, 9-iron, about 15 feet, and I missed the putt.”

Hole 2 – Par 4 – 341 yards (Birdie, -1)
“No. 2, driver, 60-degree wedge, probably about 15 feet, made the putt.”

Hole 3 – Par 4 – 341 yards (Eagle, -3)
“3 was a driver and a pitching wedge that I holed.”

Hole 4 – Par 4 – 481 yards (Birdie, -4)
“4, I hit driver, ball was in a divot and hit a 4-iron to about four feet, one of the best shots of the day.

Hole 5 – Par 3 – 223 yards (Par, -4)
“No. 5, I hit a hybrid probably to about 25 feet, two-putt.”

Hole 6 – Par 5 – 574 yards (Birdie, -5)
“No. 6, I hit a driver and a 3-wood, almost pin high, or just a little short left of the pin. Was probably about three yards off the green. I putted it up to about four feet and made that for birdie.”

Hole 7 – Par 4 – 443 yards (Birdie, -6)
“No. 7, driver, 9-iron to about a foot.”

Hole 8 – Par 3 – 202 yards (Birdie, -7)
“No. 8, 4-iron, about 12 to 15 feet, made that for birdie.”

Hole 9 – Par 3 – 406 yards (Birdie, -8)
“No. 9 was a hybrid, pitching wedge to about a foot.”

Out: 8-under par 27

Hole 10 – Par 3 – 462 yards (Birdie, -9)
“10 was driver, 8-iron, about 12 feet. Again, fix up the putt distances.”

Hole 11 – Par 3 – 158 yards (Birdie, -10)
“11 was 9-iron, probably about 15 feet, made that.”

Hole 12 – Par 4 – 411 yards (Birdie, -11)
“12 was 3-wood, 9-iron, about six feet.”

Hole 13 – Par 5 – 523 yards (Par, -11)
“13, driver, drove it in a divot, so I had to lay up, otherwise I would have had a go. I hit a 7-iron and a sand wedge to about 25 feet.”

Hole 14 – Par 4 – 421 yards (Par, -11)
“14 was driver, 9-iron to about 10 feet.”

Hole 15 – Par 4 – 296 yards (Par, -11)
“15, I hit a driver just a few yards short of the green, hit a 7-iron bump-and-run probably about eight feet past and lipped it out.”

Hole 16 – Par 3 – 171 yards (Birdie, -12)
“16 was an 8-iron to about 20 feet.”

Hole 17 – Par 4 – 420 yards (Par, -12)
“17 was hybrid, 8-iron, probably about 30 feet past.”

Hole 18 – Par 4 – 444 yards (Par, -12)
“And 18 was driver, 9-iron to about 20 feet.”

In: 4-under par 31
Total: 12-under par 58


Part of the content in this post was excerpted from The Starter

Jeff Shain

Jeff is a contributor to Pro Golf Weekly. He is the managing editor of Prime Sports, and a weekly contributor to PGATour.com. As a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America, Jeff has covered golf for nearly two decades, including stops at the Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald and The Island Packet in South Carolina.

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