Furyk conjures up lowest ever PGA Tour round of 58

Sun Aug 7, 2016 3:06pm EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Jim Furyk broke golf's magic number when he shot a record 12-under-par 58 at the Travelers Championship on Sunday, the lowest round ever on the PGA Tour.

Furyk, who previously was one of six players to card 59 on tour, also became the first player to break 60 twice on an internationally recognized tour.

"(It is) pretty humbling, to think of all the great players, great names, to be the very lowest and the only person right now (to shoot 58) is pretty special," he told Golf Channel.

Furyk compiled one eagle and 10 birdies in the final round at River Highlands, and described it as a "wonderful day" and a completely unexpected one.

"After shooting two over par yesterday, being a little confused with my game, that was the farthest thing from my imagination going out this morning but got off to a great start and got in a great rhythm and just loved the way I was hitting the ball today," the 2003 U.S. Open champion said.

Pennsylvania-born Furyk, 46, a 17-times winner on tour, has made a career out of his machine-like consistency with his unique swing, and he was in that mode on Sunday, hitting all 18 greens in regulation.

He made a sizzling start, completing the front nine in eight-under 27 thanks to six birdies, as well as an unlikely eagle at the par-four third, where he holed out from 135 yards.

The former world number two reeled off seven successive birdies from the sixth to the 12th hole and posted his score despite picking up only one birdie in the final six holes, a sharply-breaking 23-footer at the 16th.

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Aug 7, 2016; Cromwell, CT, USA;  Jim Furyk reacts after shooting a PGA tour record 58 after the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports