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Furyk becomes 6th player to shoot 59 on PGA Tour

Published September 13, 2013 8:22 pm

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Lake Forest, Ill. • Jim Furyk birdied two of his last holes, stuffing a gap wedge into just over 3 feet 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 59.

Standing in the ninth fairway at Conway Farms, 103 yards from a front pin, Furyk didn't want to let his chance get away from him.

The gallery lined both sides of the fairway about 150 yards down from the green and gave him a huge ovation when he walked onto the green.

He made the putt and repeatedly pumped his fist, turning for the gallery in the grandstands to see, and then he hugged caddie Mike "Fluff" Cowan and tapped him on the head. It looked like a Sunday afternoon, and had the occasion of a winning putt.

This at least gave Furyk a share of the lead at the BMW Championship with Brandt Snedeker, who was nine shots clear of Furyk at the start of the day and shot 68.

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

The others with a 59 were Al Geiberger in the 1977 Memphis Classic; Chip Beck in the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational; David Duval in the 1999 Bob Hope Classic; and Paul Goydos in the 2010 John Deere Classic.

LPGA Tour

In Evian-Les-Bains, France, Mika Miyazato of Japan shot a 6-under 65 to take the lead after the rain-delayed first round of the Evian Championship, the year's fifth and final major.

The tournament was shortened to 54 holes after Thursday's play was washed out. —

Leaderboard

BMW Championship

Brandt Snedeker -11

Jim Furky -11

Zach Johnson -8

Five tied at -6

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