The historical past of the Travelers Championship is perpetually marked by the resounding feat of American Jim Furyk who, in 2016, was the primary to achieve the legendary rating of 58 on the PGA Tour. That's 12 beneath par with solely 24 putts on the counter!
One of the most well-liked tournaments on the PGA Tour, the Travelers Championship which takes place on the course of the TPC River Highlands in Connecticut from Thursday, was created 70 years in the past. If the record holder is Billy Casper with 4 titles, probably the most celebrated stays a golfer who has never gained the event: Jim Furyk.
His 58 didn't grant him a title
The 2003 US Open winner made historical past in a single day August 7, 2016over the past lap of the Travelers by placing on the trifle of 1 eagle, 10 birdies and seven pars for a rating of 58, i.e. the most effective ever on the PGA Tour. Made on a par 70, this unbelievable rating didn't permit him to carry the trophy.
He crosses the reduce in extremis
His delay was far too nice on Sunday. Anyway, nothing was going proper since June and his 2nd place obtained on the US Open. His swing, so atypical, was even adrift. His first rounds are calamitous, and solely an enormous putt at 18 permits him to cross the reduce in extremis.
The initiative of his caddy modifications the sport
Unaccustomed to such poor efficiency, his iconic caddy Mike “Fluff” Cowan takes a call that's unprecedented to say the least. He sends a collection of images of his employer's swing to his father and coach Mike Furyk. Will the daddy's recommendation bear fruit? The suspense is whole…
Only one eagle on the map, however zero bogey
It is due to this fact with out the data of his personal free will that the winner of the 2010 FedEx Cup begins his final lap early within the morning, free of all stress since he's in seventieth place.
At 3, he straight enters a 120m strategy for an eagle. The feat is completed on the sly, within the absence of tv cameras which plan to take the antenna later.
Already creator of a 59 in 2013
Confidence is again. The outward journey is already a record because it passes in 27. “Big Jim” smells the scent of the feat particularly since he has already tasted this so uncommon fragrance… In 2013, he had already achieved a rating of 59 in the course of the BMW Championshipthus integrating the small caste of the “59eners” which Al Geiberger was the initiator in 1977.
” After having investigated putts at 10, 11 and 12 (that's 7 birdies in a row!) and discovering myself already at 11 beneath par, it grew to become a psychological take a look at.“, he declared on the finish of his recreation. And the top, Furyk is aware of it. It is even its major power. At 15, a comma stopping him from birdie does not appear to trouble him an excessive amount of…
With the regularity of the day – 17 fairways hit and 18 greens in regulation – he didn't weaken over the past holes, even scoring a final birdie at 16 with a wonderful putt from 7 meters. At 46, Furyk holds his final record and never the least: 58, or 12 beneath par! For the record, the US captain of the 2018 Ryder Cup completed fifth, 3 strokes behind the winner, Russell Knox.
He almost acquired disqualified!
However, the feat almost never darkened the pages of historical past. His associate of the day, Miguel Angel Carballo, little doubt disturbed by so many birdies to notice, added one too many to 14. Fortunately, the Argentinian seen the error earlier than formally submitting the scorecard. If he hadn't, Furyk would have been disqualified!
A record already overwhelmed in different circumstances
However, this isn't the primary within the historical past of golf. Strange reality, the earlier week, the German Stephan Jäger had additionally achieved a 58 on the Korn Ferry Tour like others earlier than him on different circuits. Some even made 57s, however throughout apply video games like Louis Oosthuizen on its Mossel Bay Golf Club course, Jhared Hack in 2021 or these on the college stage similar to Alex Ross on the Dogwood Invitational in Atlanta, in 2019.