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Jim Furyk becomes 6th player to shoot a 59 on PGA Tour

Jim Furyk birdied two of his last three holes at the BMW Championship and became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a round of 59.

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. – With a shot at golf’s magic number, Jim Furyk had no trouble finishing the job.

Furyk birdied two of his last three holes, stuffing a gap wedge to 3 feet, 3 inches on his final hole Friday at the BMW Championship, and knocked in the putt to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a record round of 59.

Standing in the ninth fairway at Conway Farms, 103 yards from the pin, Furyk — who started on the back nine — didn’t want to let his chance get away.

“I said, ‘How many opportunities are you going to have in life to do this again?’ ” he said. “Got to take advantage of it. Tried to knock it in there tight and make it as easy on yourself as you can.”

The gallery lined both sides of the fairway about 150 yards down from the green and gave him a huge ovation. One fan screamed out, “Jimmy, I’ll give it to you!” Furyk smiled and waved at him.

Furyk, 43, made the putt and repeatedly pumped his fist, turning for the gallery in the grandstands to see, and then hugged caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan and tapped him on the head.

Furyk shared the lead with Brandt Snedeker (68) at 11-under 131 for 36 holes.

It was the first 59 on the PGA Tour since Stuart Appleby in the final round of The Greenbrier Classic in 2010.

“There’s not much I could have improved on today,” Furyk said.

Ryan Moore (69) of Puyallup was tied for fourth place at 6 under.

Top-ranked Tiger Woods (72) was at 4 under. He seemingly shot a 70, but received a two-stroke penalty because video showed his ball moved while he was removing twigs around it on the first hole. That gave him a quadruple-bogey 8 on the hole.

According to a report by Golfweek.com, the penalty might have prompted Woods to strike a wall.

“Let’s just say there was frustration,” Tour rules official Slugger White told the website, declining to confirm or deny. “He was a little disbelieving.”

Other tournament

Mika Miyazato of Japan shot a 6-under 65 to take the lead after the rain-delayed first round of the Evian Championship, the LPGA Tour’s fifth and final major of the year.

Top-ranked Inbee Park got off to a bad start with a 74. The 25-year-old South Korean is trying to become the first professional to win four majors in a season.

Ex-Washington Huskies player Paige Mackenzie shot a 75.

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These players have shot a 59 on the PGA Tour.
PlayerYearTo par
Jim Furyk2013-12
Stuart Appleby2010-11
Paul Goydos2010-12
David Duval1999-13
Chip Beck1991-13
Al Geiberger1977-13
Exclusive club
These players have shot a round of 59 on the PGA Tour:
PlayerYearTo par
Jim Furyk2013-12
Stuart Appleby2010-11
Paul Goydos2010-12
David Duval1999-13
Chip Beck1991-13
Al Geiberger1977-13
Exclusive club
These players have shot a round of 59 on the PGA Tour:
PlayerYearTo par
Jim Furyk2013-12
Stuart Appleby2010-11
Paul Goydos2010-12
David Duval1999-13
Chip Beck1991-13
Al Geiberger1977-13

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