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Video Roundup: Furyk's 59 (With A Bogey!)

And on a golf course with firm greens, some wind and plenty of trouble. A spectacular round from Jim Furyk in the BMW makes him the 6th to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour event.

The round highlights courtesy of PGA Tour Entertainment:

The clutch shot on 18:

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Someone once said winning fixes everything. 59's fix nothing if you can't also win. Hope he wins.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
I was home sick today, and watched his second nine. Quite a show. He was hitting it close from 175 to 220 yards out. Other than the 3-putt and the next hole where he left his birdie putt short, he really looked in control of his game. Long game put him in position to shoot a 57.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt H.
I was there-windy and cold. Only 26 players out of 70 below par. Was an exceptional round.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCgar
Really great round. Beat Tiger (w/out the penalty) by 11, and Phil by 15. Not to mention beating Rory by 18 ! Great job by Jim
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Amazing in windy conditions.

That might make it the "best" 59 ever shot on tour.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Followed him for the first 12 holes. Even with him going low on the front (28), I still never thought he was going to shoot 59. Something about him, just such a grinder, that you never really thought there was anything special going on.

I left to go home, and find out he shot 59. Flip on my dvr of the telecast and there I was front and center on tv for his tee shot on #2 the par 3 (his 11th hole). What a show!

I can tell you the conditions were extremely difficult and it has to be one of the most impressive rounds of golf in modern PGA Tour history. Particularly given just how unfamiliar they are with the course. That said the greens are perfect so it was possible.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
Brandel (I hope I get Johnny Miller's job) Chamblee said it was no big deal...only 3rd
09.13.2013 | Unregistered Commentertour caddy 60
Agree with Abu Dhabi and Chicago John. This wasv the best 59 on tour and it could have been better. He caught his second shot on the par 5 8th (his 17th) a little thin and didn't carry the green. If he hits it flush 59 turns into 58 or 57.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCgar
I followed Furyk down the stretch. Amazing. He was six shots better than the next best score! The course was no pushover today with a 20 mph north wind. Absolutely epic.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
Was able to watch it all on DVR now. Simply an amazing round. His shot on the 4th holes from 220? Just crazy. Probably got a little unlucky on #8 to only make par.

There were birdies out there, but he hit just about every fairway.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
Whadya got to say about that vwgolfer?
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Gotta say, very impressive! Especially with his putting routine. Congrats JF.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
In your face, Freddie! All of you who said it was the best 59 on Tour ever, I agree wholeheartedly - it's not even close. Geiberger's round was on a very long course for its day, but it was hot and windless, and what has been (seemingly) purposely forgotten by official history is that they were playing lift, clean and place that day. Appleby's 59 was on a classic, former Ryder Cup venue, but 26 other players shot 66 or better that day which tells you the place was ripe for scoring. But this - I mean, high winds, tough pins, firm, crusty greens - just might be the best non-major Tour round ever. Simply unbelievable.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Only THREE PGA Tour golfers have (-13) rounds.

While it was a 59 (-12), it was on a Par-71 not the same as Duval, Beck or Geiberger's (-13) on Par-72 courses. Goydos was also (-12) and Appleby was actually only (-11) at the 2010 Greenbrier.
@Hawkeye.... Goydos's 59 at the John Deere was L/C/P as well. IIRC Geiberger said in some interview a long while back he never used the L/C/P that was available. Perhaps somebody can verfiy.

Furyks round was beastly today. Good for Jim. Especially since by todays professional golf standards he is not a long hitter.
09.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
Better than the other 59 rounds IMO. Not sure about Al's in '59, having said that, not seen it. Watching it, even though I don't like Furyk's twitching rountine, I was hoping he would shoot 58. On the 8th ( his 17th ) when he didn't get up and down I was dissapointed for him.

Best round ever ? I'd have to go with Norman's 63 at Turnberry in '86... ( he had had a bit of stick lately) that was in winds where a good score was 73 that day.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
@OWGR fan, Geiberger used it at least once, before his hole-out for eagle on the 1st (his 10th)
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
Norman will soon say that 63 in 86 was with a bad back, and that it should be counted as a 59.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWhopper
Lol... maybe

I recall he 3 putted the last, unless I'm mistaken. I'll go along with him it should have been a 62
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
That was clutch from Furyk. Geiberger must always get credit for the best one, having done it first. But this was in the highest profile tournament of all the 59's, on a tough course in tricky conditions. Incredible. It is comfortably second.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDG
Dear Jim,

Congrats on the 59.

And thank you, too!

09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Bausch
Numbers don't lie: It was the best 59 in PGA Tour history. Next best twenty players had an average of 67.95.

For comparison:
Geiberger 67.70
Duval 66.45
Goydos 65.30
Appleby 65.25
Beck 65.20
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinksgolfer
Ted, given the way Tour players eat up par-5's I'd argue getting to 59 on a par 72 is no harder than getting there on a par fact, it may just be easier (more eagle opportunities).
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
If I play that slowly,, can I shoot 59 too?

- Every idiot who sees this on Sportscenter

There should be a ban on showing Furyk highlights and in live action


A hater
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDsl
For a pro on a new to him course in the wind? Great effort. Give Fluff some credit, too, it's not as if Furyk tapped in from the lip all day.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGolfFan
Outstanding! Too bad there seems to be a big distraction emanating from the scoring trailer.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
In the post round interview, they ask Jim about Fluff and he is gracious as usual. The camera pans to Fluff behind the crowd and he appears to be enjoying a well earned beer.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKG
When I started paying attention (DVR last nigt, ,Furyk had 7 more holes t play) I started pulling hard for Jim to do it, and I am not a fan of his AT ALL- I think his best days are over, and I question his ability to ver win again.

But COME ON, dig!- HE WAS AWESOME! In that wind! ,with the bogie surely eaing up most players, and with his history recently of choking -he finished.

I really thought he was going to shoot a 56 or 57 till the bogie.


One note - I FFed thru all the bs, no viewing him on the greens until he actually struck the putt.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
@ted how many of those were lift/clean/place?
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Cambro
'Give Fluff some credit, too'
GolfFan it's a bummer the HL package doesn't show the conversation before JF's final approach. It was genius caddying; Cool Hand Fluff, totally composed and imparting just the right amount of information.
Amazing round of golf. It was exciting to watch.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
Good on GC to open (rightfully so) their pre-game with Jim and his 59, giving it due credit, prior to the Tiger rules debacle.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
This from @John Antonini re. one relative merit of the 59s:

Furyk's 59 was 12.1 strokes better than the BMW field. Geiberger was 11.3 better in his 59. Beck-10.5; Duval-10.7; Goydos-10.5; Appleby-8.6
09.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
It has been noted in the "other" thread that comments there outnumber comments here by 3:1. Yes. Just checked email on the way to the golf course and my GolfWeek communication has these three stories on page one: (1) "TigerTracker", which gets the biggest photo; (2) a story about the 59; and (3) a story about when Tiger met Slugger in Lake Forest. The needle must be moved.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Hard not to call Al's the best, since he did it first, and it was on a p.72, though I agree that the difference in a par 71 and par 72 is often not an issue, since some 71's are very long, and some 72's have one more par 5 that is a 2 shot hole for most of the field.

All that said- I rank Furyks as ''the best'', since he had to overcome a bogie, and the conditions were judged relatively severe, by all whom were there.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I don't think the 59's need to be ranked; something that unique in a sport shouldn't be minimized by tedious retrospective comparison. That said, I'll say Furyk's was the best because it happened in Chicago where he won his only major ten years ago. ;)
09.14.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
While all were fantastic rounds, hard to rate one over the other. I would say that Al's was pretty impressive, not just because it was the first , but the equipment that he was playing, and the condition of the golf courses (i.e. the greens). Playing with wood and rubber seems almost Neanderthalic when comparing today's equipment. Duval's was in the final round with a crescendo ending (eagle) and he won the tournament. But who can really say which was better? Would have loved to have had any of them.

Congrats to Fluff and his man, Furyk.

Take that Freddy. Maybe next time he will consider a telephone call rather than an e-mail to tell Furyk wasn't a pick.
Furyk's preshot routines drive me nuts to watch, and given his overall play the past year or two, I agree with him not being a Captain's pick for the Pres. Cup team.

That said, he has been an excellent golfer for many years and a true professional, a guy one never reads or hears anything bad about. For that reason it is good to see him with the 59 round. In addition, his caddie has exemplified the same characteristics as Jim and is very deserving. Congrats to both of them, and I hope he wins the tournament. .
09.14.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
Thanks Hawkeye.
09.14.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
That 3-putt for bogey down the stretch was about half an inch from dropping into the hole for a birdie as well. Great round for a cagey veteran.
09.15.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz

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