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|Top 10 Moments of the 2013 PGA TOUR Season|
||Nov. 18||Garcia hits shot from a tree at Arnold Palmer Invitational|
||Nov. 19||Reed escapes from the trees to win Wyndham Championship|
||Nov. 20||Woods dominates elite field at Bridgestone Invitational|
||Nov. 21||Dufner ties majors scoring record, wins PGA Championship|
||Nov. 22||Rose's historic approach on No. 18 at Merion to secure U.S. Open|
||Nov. 25||Spieth's incredible bunker shot during John Deere playoff|
||Nov. 26||Stenson wins the FedExCup|
||Nov. 27||Furyk shoots 59 in second round of BMW Championship|
||Nov. 28||Mickelson cards final-round 66 to win The Open Championship|
||Nov. 29||Scott's putt to force a playoff at The Masters|
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- When Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker tee off in the final pairing of Monday's final round at the BMW Championship, it will be the first time in more than five years they've been paired at a PGA TOUR event.
Not since the first three rounds of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in 2008 have Furyk and Stricker played in the same group. That year, they also played together in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open.
They were paired in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, an off-season event that's not part of the official PGA TOUR schedule, in 2010 and 2011.
Furyk will take a one-shot lead over Stricker heading into their round, which was pushed back a day due to heavy rains that suspended play Sunday before they could tee off. A total of 11 twosomes were unable to start their rounds before play was halted in the afternoon. The round resumed Monday morning at 9 a.m. ET, with no further weather issues expected.
Furyk is looking to break a three-year drought on TOUR; he hasn't won since the 2010 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola when he won the FedExCup. Stricker, who began playing a reduced schedule this year in order to spend more time with his family, last won in 2012 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Both players are currently projected to move inside the top five in FedExCup points, which would allow each one to win the FedExCup with a win next week at East Lake.
"I won't pay attention to that part so much as trying to win the tournament," Stricker said.
Furyk is taking the same approach.
"It would be nice, obviously, but that's kind of putting the cart before the horse," he said.
The twosome tee off at 10:40 a.m. ET (9:40 a.m. local).
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The latest member of the 59 club has heard from the original member.
Jim Furyk said Sunday that Al Geiberger sent him a text message on Saturday night. Geiberger was the first PGA TOUR pro to shoot 59 in a single round at the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic and is known simply as Mr. 59.
Furyk became the sixth member of the exclusive club on Friday when he shot a 59 in the second round of the BMW Championship.
"Pretty cool," Furyk said about hearing from Geiberger. "He said he was the honorary chairman of the club, and he wanted to say congrats. So that was nice to hear from him.
"And I sent back the message it just felt weird to be called Mr. 59, that he was 'the' Mr. 59 and we all just get to borrow it once in a while."
Geiberger wasn't the only member of the 59 club to contact Furyk. Paul Goydos, who shot his 59 at the 2010 John Deere Classic, congratulated Furyk earlier this week.
Although not a member of the 59 club on the PGA TOUR, Russell Knox did shoot 59 on the Web.com Tour this year and also sent a message to Furyk.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Following up a 59 was the easy part.
Trying to win for the first time in three years is another story.
"How upset are you going to get today?" said Jim Furyk a day after his historic round. "I think there's probably a mental battle to (the next round). I felt good with my swing today. I felt like I played a solid round of golf.
"I think winning a golf tournament is obviously the tougher one. It's been a while. I'm going to put pressure on myself. That'll be the struggle."
Except for a mental lapse early in his round -- he played his first four holes in 1 over -- Furyk did anything but struggle on Saturday.
He stuck his approach shot on the par-4 seventh to 7 feet for the first of three birdies in a five-hole stretch and went on to add one more on the par-4 15th after hitting it to 4 feet.
The only other hiccup came on the par-5 18th, where Furyk drove it in the rough, laid up then three-putted. Still, it was the first fairway Furyk had missed in 32 holes and he'll take a one-shot lead over Steve Stricker to the final round after a 2-under 69.
The rest of the time he just soaked in all the adulation that came with reaching golf's magic number.
"I had probably twice as many emails and texts last night than I have ever had after winning a golf tournament," said Furyk, who got messages from Russell Knox, who shot 59 on the Web.com Tour earlier this summer, and from Paul Goydos, who did it at the John Deere Classic in 2010 and told Furyk, "Nice playing, my friend."
Furyk answered them all and will try to answer to himself on Sunday.
Since his victory at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in 2010, Furyk has had multiple opportunities to win: at Tampa, the U.S. Open, Firestone and Sea Island last year; at the PGA Championship this season.
"When I've won golf tournaments, I've been able to win that battle within," Furyk said. "There's always pressure to win, and I'm going to put pressure on myself because I expect myself to play well, and I expect more of myself than anyone else.
"It's been three years. No one has to remind me of the TOUR Championship in '10, and as I've had some of the close calls last year, I definitely put some more pressure on myself, and that'll be part of the mental game and the mental aspect of it (Sunday). I'll play my best if I'm focused on the task at hand, not on the results."
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Of the first five players who shot 59 in a single round on the PGA TOUR, just three had to come back the next day and play again.
Al Geiberger, the first member of the 59 club, followed up his second-round 59 in the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic with an even-par 72.
Chip Beck, at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational, followed up his third-round 59 with a 4-under 68.
Paul Goydos, at the 2010 John Deere Classic, followed up his opening-round 59 with a 3-under 68.
The other two members, David Duval and Stuart Appleby, shot their 59s on the final round (each to win the event).
Now Jim Furyk will feel what it's like to get the competitive juices flowing again after his second-round 59 on Friday at the BMW Championship.
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MEMBERS OF THE 59 CLUB
|Al Geiberger||1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic||72-59-72-70||Won|
|Chip Beck||1991 Las Vegas Invitational||65-72-59-68-67||Tied for 3rd|
|David Duval||1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||70-71-64-70-59||Won|
|Paul Goydos||2010 John Deere Classic||59-68-67-66||Second|
|Stuart Appleby||2010 Greenbrier Classic||66-68-65-59||Won|
|Jim Furyk||2013 BMW Championship||72-59-??-??||??|
By Fred Albers, PGA TOUR.COM Correspondent
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Do you know what was the coolest thing about Jim Furyk’s 59?
It wasn’t the fact he hit all 14 fairways or 17 of 18 greens in regulation. It wasn’t Furyk’s 23 putts or the fact he hit the ball a tournament-best average of 16 feet from the cup. Strokes gained-putting numbers show he gained 4.106 strokes on the field and made 123 feet, 9 inches of putts in the second round.
All that is impressive stuff but the coolest thing was to see the support of his fellow competitors and PGA TOUR staff.
Brandt Snedeker watched as Furyk birdied his 18th hole and pumped his fist in delight. He was excited even though that birdie putt on the ninth meant Snedeker was no longer in sole possession of the 36-hole lead and was now tied with Furyk.
Several players came out of the locker room to watch the historic moment. TOUR officials gathered by the green as well.
The PGA TOUR is as competitive as any professional sports league in the world. At the same time, it’s also a family. When a player is sick or when there is an illness in the family, all of the TOUR comes together in support. It also celebrates accomplishments in unison.
The entire PGA TOUR family is rejoicing in Furyk’s accomplishment.
Add two: It is always crowded and cramped in scoring and can be confusing. Reporters line up outside, waiting for players to emerge and when Tiger Woods remained longer than unusual, it was evident there was a problem. Woods’ day started with a double bogey and ended with a two-shot penalty that turned his 6 on the opening hole into a quadruple-bogey 8. Woods approach into the first green was long and ran into a patch of trees and brush behind the green. Woods played quickly, chipped the ball out and eventually made 6. However, video evidence showed Woods caused his ball to move and when he did not replace the ball, it turned into a two-shot penalty. Woods was obviously irritated as he left scoring and did not stop on his way to his car. He changed shoes in the parking lot without comment. PGA TOUR rules official Slugger White was left to explain the situation.
Hole location: Furyk’s lone bogey came on the fifth hole when he three-putted from 28 feet, 10 inches. His birdie putt slid 5 feet past the cup and he missed the comebacker. Join the club. The hole was cut on a slope in the back quadrant. Players repeatedly had their first putts slide down the hill and were then faced with lengthy par putts.
Still leading: Consider Snedeker’s situation. Furyk just shot 59 and yet Snedeker is still tied for the lead. That’s impressive. Snedeker followed up his opening round 63 with a 68 on a very windy day. He continues to lead the field in putting with rounds of 22 and 26 putts. Snedeker may have absorbed the best the field could fire at him and is still in the lead.
Putting: Long before the two-shot penalty was assessed, Woods was having a tough putting day. He has a trio of three-putts in 36 holes and is ranked 47th out of 70 players in strokes gained-putting this week. He made only 72 feet, 7 inches in putts during the second round and a third of that total came on the 16th hole with a 25-foot birdie. Perhaps most telling is Woods has missed three putts from less than five feet. Now also consider, Woods has endured inconsistent putting, has been assessed a two-shot penalty and is still T13. He might be ready for a weekend charge.
Fred Albers is a course reporter for SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio. For more information on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio, click here.
Jim Furyk, the 2010 FedExCup champion, posted the sixth 59 in PGA TOUR history Friday at the BMW Championship. You can see how he got there (after starting on No. 10) in the image above. Click below for more coverage of Furyk's big day.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Jim Furyk shot the sixth 59 in PGA TOUR history on Friday at Conway Farms and it came with an added benefit as he earned a share of the lead after the second round of the BMW Championship.
Furyk, who opened with a 72, did it with 11 birdies, one eagle and a bogey on the par-71 Tom Fazio design. Furyk's best previous round was a 62, shot five times, most recently at the 2009 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
"It'll sink in later," Furyk said. "I'm excited. The second part of that is I'll have to calm down later on tonight and realize that I've got myself in contention in a golf tournament where I was, whaver, nine back starting the day.
"I still have a good weekend ahead of me. I'm excited for that. I'll enjoy these next few hours at least, and have fun with it."
Furyk will start the third round at 11 under and tied with Brandt Snedeker, who shot 68, for the lead in the third event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs. Snedeker was waiting in the scoring area as Furyk finished off his round and the Tennessean applauded as the last putt fell.
Furyk and Snedeker, who set the first-round pace, lead Zach Johnson by three strokes. Nick Watney, Jordan Spieth, Kevin Steelman, Charl Schwartzel and Ryan Moore are five strokes off the pace at 5 under.
When someone told him that Furyk even made a bogey on this historic Friday, Snedeker could only shake his head and smile.
"That makes me feel depressed about my round," he said. "I was actually feeling pretty good about it walking up here."
Snedeker actually said he didn't mind being upstaged by the 59.
"I love it," he said. "I guess my job now is to make sure everybody forgets about it by Sunday. That's great that he went and did that. I think Jim has been the consummate professional forever. This has got to be the round of his career, just about today, in the Playoffs, it's pretty special.
"It will be fun playing with him tomorrow."
The last 59 was shot by Stuart Appleby in the final round of the 2010 Greenbrier Classic that he went on to win.
Prior to Thursday, the lowest score shot in 2013 was 60 -- by Phil Mickelson at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and Keegan Bradley at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, both in the first round. Mickelson was 11 under while Bradley was 10 under in shooting his 60.
Here are Furyk's final five holes.
No. 5 (460-yard par 4): Furyk hits his tee shot 266 yards to the left side of the fairway. His second shot lands toward the back of the green and he has 29 feet for birdie. He teases the left edge of the hole and has a 5-footer for par to save. He backs off the par putt twice, and it lips out for his first bogey. Furyk is now 10 under for the day and needs two birdies in his last four holes for the historic number.
No. 6. (208-yard par 3): Furyk's tee shot finds the green and stops 23 feet from the hole. His birdie putt stops 3 feet short and he makes it for par. Furyk remains 10 under for the day and has three holes left to make two birdies.
No. 7 (352-yard par 4): Furyk's drive travels down the right side of the fairway. He has 122 yards to the flagstick. Furyk's approach lands 11 feet, 4 inches by the hole. He makes the birdie putt. Furyk is now 11 under for the day and has a par 5 and a par 4 remaining to get the birdie he needs for a 59.
No. 8 (580-yard par 5): Furyk's drive finds the fairway some 302 yards out. He hits his second shot into the deep grass on the slope beside a gaping greenside bunker. He has 32 feet to the pin. He carries it a bit too far and has 17 feet for birdie. Furyk's putt passes left of the hole and he makes a 5-footer for par. Furyk now must birdie the last hole to shoot 59.
No. 9 (386-yard par 4): Furyk hits his drive 281 yards down the middle of the fairway. Furyk hits his approach to 3 feet, 3 inches for the potential 59 and the huge crowd roars its approval. He's smiling and appears very relaxed as he walks to the green. He makes the putt and pumps his right first in the air, then hugs his long-time caddy, Fluff Cowan.
Jim Furyk has become the sixth player to shot 59 in a PGA TOUR event. Furyk made birdies on two of his final three holes, including a 3-foot, 3-inch putt on his final hole, to break 60. Furyk, the 2010 FedExCup champion, is tied with Brandt Snedeker for the BMW Championship lead. Furyk's remarkable round not only put him in contention at the BMW Championship, but helped his chances of winning the FedExCup for a second time.
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