Shooting 59 doesn't always lead to victory on Tour


LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Shooting 59 guarantees you a spot in the record books but not necessarily the winner’s circle.

Jim Furyk learned that at the BMW Championship, where his second-round 59 wasn’t enough to carry him to the victory. He finished solo third after a final-round 71 at Conway Farms.

“We can’t slight Jim’s week,” said BMW winner Zach Johnson. “Obviously I had a good day today. Jim had a remarkable week.”

Six players have shot a sub-60 score on the PGA Tour, and Furyk joined Chip Beck (1991) and Paul Goydos (2010) as the only other players who shot 59 but did not go on to win. (Beck and Goydos finished T-3 and solo second, respectively.) David Duval (1999) and Stuart Appleby (2010) both shot their 59s in the final round en route to victory, and Al Geiberger’s second-round 59 kick-started his week at the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic.  

“I don’t know if I used them all up on Friday and knocked them all in or what, but I just wasn’t able to get the putts to go,' Furyk said Monday.

In the aftermath of his historic achievement, Furyk said that he received a text from fellow 59er Geiberger.

“I told him that it just feels awkward to be called Mr. 59 because he is the Mr. 59, and the rest of us maybe just get to borrow it,” Furyk said. “I don’t think I’d ever get used to that. Al is going to be Mr. 59 forever.”