Furyk fires 59 at BMW Championship

CHICAGO: Jim Furyk fired the sixth 59 in US PGA Tour history on Friday, reaching golf’s magic number in the second round of the BMW Championship.

Furyk capped his round at the par-71 Conway Farms Golf Club with a three-foot birdie at the ninth hole, his last of the day.

He had 11 birdies, one eagle and one bogey and joined Brandt Snedeker atop the leaderboard.

Furyk is the first US PGA Tour player to post a 59 since 2010, when both Paul Goydos and Australian Stuart Appleby achieved the feat.

David Duval, did it in 1999, Chip Beck in 1991 and Al Geiberger was the first to card a 59 on the US tour in 1977.

Furyk got to six-under through his first six holes with four birdies and an eagle.

He picked up five more birdies before a bogey at the par-four fifth, but kept his bid for a slice of golf history on track with birdies at the seventh and ninth to finish at 12-under on the day.

Furyk and Snedeker are tied atop the leaderboard on 11-under 131, three strokes in front of Zach Johnson.
The $8 million tournament is the third of four events in the US tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs, which will culminate with the Tour Championship.