Jim Furyk shoots 59 on Friday at the BMW Championship #WasThisGuyPlayingGoldenTee

With the advent of “Pinnacles that spin,” you know, the Titleist Pro-V1s (reference to how long the ball distance-wise while still offering great feel and spin), there have been a plethora of pundits suggesting that the demise of the PGA Tour and golf in general is upon us, for it is far too easy of a game now with so much technology on the golfer’s side.  I mean, if you’re not driving it 340 yards and gang-nuking 220 yard 6-irons, you have no chance out there on Tour anymore, right?  Well, thank you for the reminder, pea-shooter Jim Furyk that distance isn’t an outright necessity to low scores.

Mr Furyk fired a 59 at Conway Farms in the BMW Championship on Friday, a 12-under par round that included an eagle, eleven birdies and one lone bogey.  The round was a ball-striking and putting masterpiece, punctuated by a driver, sand wedge approach to the 400 yard par 4 9th hole (his 18th) that he stuck to 3 feet, and after burying the birdie putt,  he became the 6th ever player to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour.

Furyk’s round included 14/14 fairways hit, 17/18 Greens In Reg and zero par 5s hit in two.  It was a brilliant reminder that precise and consistent play always trumps the bomb-and-gouge mentality that all too many players attempt to harness nowadays.

The craziest part about Furyk’s round on Friday?  The next best score was 65.  Sixty-freaking five!  That’s a half dozen difference for those counting on the abacus at home.  With no apologies to Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Stuart Appleby and Paul Goydos, this is numero of all-time in the 59 book.  When the rest of the field doesn’t crack 65 and the field scoring average was near 71, you have officially trumped the ultra-elite club in my book (and no I don’t care that it was “only” a Friday).

Call it snubbed-from-the-Presidents-Cup motivation (ouch captain Fred Couples) or just annual FedEx Cup mojo (Furyk won the 2010 FedEx Cup), this should and will be yet another highlight of a Hall-of-Fame bound career for Jimbo.

The man whose swing was once described by David Feherty as “an octopus falling out of a tree” has just catapulted his way into all-time golfing lore.  Congrats Jimbo, now go get ‘er done this weekend (funny to think that he’s only tied for the lead now after shooting 59- Sneds is also at -11).

Oh yeah, and a very well deserved tweet to you too: #WasThisGuyPlayingGoldenTee

Joel Harrington


  1. I do like Jimbo, but do hate to see slow play rewarded with a 59.

    • In today’s isolated case, it was slow all around. Jimbo had to wait a solid 10 minutes on the 8th tee (his 17th) for the slow groups ahead. In most cases though, he is the one causing the slowness on the course.

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