Furyk birdies last, shoots 59 at BMW Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 13, 2013, 9:47 pm

Jim Furyk birdied his final hole Friday to shoot 12-under 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship.

Furyk hit a wedge shot to 3 feet on the par-4 ninth, his 18th hole, to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to break 60 in an official event.

'It's a magic number,' Furyk said. When asked if it was his greatest-ever round, he replied: 'Absolutely.'

After opening in 1-over 72, Furyk now shares the 36-hole lead with Brandt Snedeker (68) at 11 under.

Beginning on the back nine at Conway Farms, Furyk birdied four of his first five holes and then holed his approach shot for eagle on the par-4 15th. He wrapped up his opening nine with back-to-back birdies for an 8-under 28.


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After a par on the first hole, his 10th, Furyk birdied Nos. 2, 3 and 4. At that point, Furyk was 11 under through 13 holes and needed to play his final five holes in 2 under to become the first-ever player to shoot 58 in a Tour event.

Furyk, who was recently snubbed by U.S. captain Fred Couples as a Presidents Cup wild card, three-putted for bogey at the par-4 fifth but recovered with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9. His previous best score on Tour was 62 (five times).

'Just said to myself on (No.) 9, how many opportunities are you going to have in your life to shoot 59,' Furyk said.

'I'll enjoy this for a few hours at least. ... There is still a tournament to try and win.'

The 16-time PGA Tour winner is seeking his first Tour title since the 2010 Tour Championship, which earned him FedEx Cup champion honors.

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Rory: Phil said RC task force just copied Europe

By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2018, 7:21 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy quizzed Phil Mickelson about what the Americans got out of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force’s overhaul.

McIlroy and Mickelson were paired together at Pebble Beach.

“Basically, all they are doing is copying what the Europeans have done,” McIlroy said.  “That's what he said.”

The Europeans claimed their sixth of seven Ryder Cups with their victory at Gleneagles in 2014. That brought about a sea change in the way the United States approached the Ryder Cup. Mickelson called out the tactics in Gleneagles of captain Tom Watson, who was outmaneuvered by European captain Paul McGinley.


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The Americans defeated Europe at Hazeltine two years ago with that new European model.

“He said the first thing they did in that task force was Phil played a video, a 12-minute video of Paul McGinley to all of them,” McIlroy said. “So, they are copying what we do, and it's working for them. It's more cohesive, and the team and the core of that team are more in control of what they are doing, instead of the PGA of America recruiting and someone telling them what to do.”

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Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic

By Tiger TrackerFebruary 21, 2018, 7:00 pm

Tiger Woods is making his third start of the year at the Honda Classic. We're tracking him at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.


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Woods happy to help Furyk at Ryder Cup

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:58 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods didn't hesitate when Jim Furyk asked him to become a vice captain at the upcoming Ryder Cup.

Woods said Wednesday that Furyk asked he and Steve Stricker “a while ago” whether they were interested in being assistants in Paris as the Americans try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.

“He’s one of my best friends,” Woods said of Furyk, “and whatever he wants, whatever he needs, I’m there to help him. We’re worked well the last couple of years in the cups together.”


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Though Woods has said that he wants to be a playing vice captain, he has been an assistant at each of the past two international team competitions.

Furyk, Woods and Stricker were all assistants at Hazeltine, where the U.S. won in a rout.

“Jim is very detailed, very smart, very analytical, and he’s just a fantastic leader,” Woods said. “For him to ask Stricks and I together, it will be special for both of us.”

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Woods to hit '4 or 5' drivers each day at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 6:25 pm

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Those hoping Tiger Woods will wield the driver early and often this week at PGA National likely will be disappointed.

Depending on wind direction, he said he will only hit “four or five” drivers each round.

During Wednesday’s pro-am, Woods hit driver on six holes. He found two fairways with the big stick and found the right rough four times, though a few of those misses were only a few yards off the fairway.


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In two starts this year, Woods has struggled mightily with every club off the tee, but driver has been especially troublesome. He has found only 36 percent of the fairways so far (30 of 84).

The Champion Course here is a par 70, with water and bunkers often lining the fairways. Putting the ball in play off the tee will be at a premium, and so Woods opted for a low, penetrating 2-iron six times in the pro-am.

Woods said he did not make any equipment changes following the missed cut at Riviera.