The 2003 U.S. Open champion, and a constant across the PGA Tour for the past 15 years, shot a Tour-record 58 in the Traveler’s Championship. And as Golf Digest called him, now he can answer to “Mr. 58.”
The popular American golfer from Pennsylvania became the first man to shoot two sub-60 rounds on the PGA Tour with the result, which amazingly left him T-5 and three shots behind winner Russel Knox. And while Knox’s victory was big in itself – likely sealing up his spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team – Furyk’s historic round stole the show.
He’s no stranger to great performance.
Furyk boasts 23 top-10 finishes in major championships, with four at Augusta National Golf Club, most recently a T-10 in the 2009 Masters Tournament. The American has struggled the last few years in Augusta, missing the cut in 2015 and not playing in the previous Tournament.
But as golf has shown us throughout 2016, it can be quite the fickle game: Just two weeks after missing the Masters, Furyk strung together a dominant final-round 66 to finish in a tie for second in the U.S. Open, three shots behind champion Dustin Johnson and as only one of four players under par for the championship.
As the top four players (including ties) in the other three major tournaments are automatically invited to the next Masters Tournament, the crowd favorite will be back in Augusta looking to string together masterful short game play to make a run at the Green Jacket. And we’ll be there to see Jim Furyk at the 2017 Masters Tournament – will you?