Someone asked Tiger Woods about the round of golf that Jim Furyk was having at the BMW Championship on Friday afternoon, and Woods wanted to know what golf course he( Furyk )was playing. Eleven birdies, an eagle, and one darn bogey at Conway Farms Golf Course should be good enough for a share of the lead, and it was. Jim Furyk becomes only the sixth player in history to card a sub-sixty round of golf in a sanctioned tournament.
For a guy who struggled to a one over par 72 on Thursday, Furyk, starting his day on the back nine Thursday afternoon got hot quickly, and stayed hot for the entire day. His only hiccup was a bogey at the fifth hole(his back nine). He teed off at number ten, made three birdies in a row, picked up an eagle at the drive-able par four 15th hole, and finished birdie-birdie to make the turn at 28.
Almost immediately after making the turn, the broadcast team started talking 59. I was sure they were going to jinx the 43-year-old former US Open champ, but he got to the eighth hole(his 17th) needing only one birdie on the last two holes to make history. He got the birdie on nine.
“It’ll sink in later,” Furyk said. “I’m excited. The second part of that is I’ll have to calm down later on tonight and realize that I’ve got myself in contention in a golf tournament where I was, nine back starting the day.
“I still have a good weekend ahead of me. I’m excited for that. I’ll enjoy these next few hours at least, and have fun with it.”
Although shooting 59 is good for making history, it is only one round of golf. The good thing that came out of the great round of golf, was a move from 15th position on the FedEx points list to fourth. If Furyk can hang onto the position, he will get to East Lake next week in the top five which allows him to control his own destiny. He will have an excellent chance to add a second FedEx Cup to his mantle, and another $10 Million dollars to his bank account.
Jim Furyk found out last Wednesday, via text message, that he was not going to make the Presidents Cup this year. Captain Fred Couples took the 20 year-old Jordan Spieth instead. Furyk has been on every Presidents Cup since the match was started, and he didn’t even get a phone call.
First round leader, Brandt Snedeker shot 68 on Friday to remain tied with Furyk at eleven under par. The two will play in the final group on Saturday, and will have a three shot lead on Zach Johnson at eight under par. There are five players two more shots back at six under par including Jordan Spieth.