Jim Furyk shoots first ever PGA Tour 58

Jim Furyk of the U.S. lines up his put on the 15th green during the final round of the Travelers Championship on Sunday in Cromwell Conn. Furyk shot a record setting 58 on the day

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You're making for the exits. I keep believing in myself, I tell myself every day that I'm good enough to be up there and win tournaments.

It was a number that existed only in golf folklore until Sunday.

But the 31-year-old Scot's second PGA Tour victory this season was overshadowed by Jim Furyk shooting a closing 58, the lowest single round score in Tour history.

On Saturday, Berger rolled in nine birdies to take sole possession of the lead at 15-under 195 at the River Highlands golf course in Cromwell, Connecticut. Eleven if you included his caddy, Mike "Fluff" Cowan. It was a valuable opportunity to rack up Ryder Cup points that went unrealized, and Berger actually ended up tied with Furyk despite starting the day 16 shots ahead.

Furyk's 27 on the front nine bested the Travelers Championship nine-hole record by two shots.

"I had a giant smile on my face (over his last putt)", Furyk said on CBS. Eight, I hit a 4-iron less than 15 feet, knocked that in, and then nearly holed a wedge on nine, where again it was a tap-in.

The $712,800 he earned as runner-up Sunday was more than in his previous 18 starts in Cromwell combined.

"There wasn't a lot of people out there, not a lot of cameras, not a lot of media".

"To think about a 1.5 million rounds and the greatest players and names in the game.I am speechless to be honest". "You've got to have skill and need a lot of luck, to pull the right club, get the right bounce, read the right putt, get the speed right, hole after hole after hole after hole".

Furyk had become the king of the terrain he was traversing.

The incredible round pushed him to 11-under par for the tournament and into contention. Yet, mentally I understand I'm on adrenaline, and I love to live on adrenaline. "Now I've got it 11-under par".

"He will be receiving this award in Atlanta during the TOUR Championship and as I recognize him, I want to congratulate him on his career both on and off the golf course", Finchem said. Any time you can finish off a tournament like that is obviously a big positive, and not necessarily a sigh of relief but just kind of a happy moment I guess you can say because I felt like I played well this whole week and just haven't gotten anything out of it.

"It's fun to break that barrier and be the first one".

After parring No. 17, Knox put his drive on No. 18 deep in the rough and his second shot in a bunker.

"Better not be opposite anything (on the Champions Tour)", said Kelly, who gave Knox a hug as the victor made his way to the scoring trailer. Furyk first said the Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation, then said he wanted it to go to the Bruce Edwards Foundation for research for ALS. Chip Beck, Paul Goydo and Furyk didn't win the tournaments in which they shot 59. Just gassed up a little bit and hit it too hard.

Bryan won with a birdie on the par-3 18th, hitting a 6-iron from 194 yards to 3 feet.

He held his nerve to hole from seven feet at the last, but he enjoyed only a one-shot lead as John Deere specialist Steve Stricker fired a 60 and went on to win the second of his three straight titles with a tournament-record score of 26 under par. "It's nice when the second ones are mindless and they're up there about a foot".

If not for Furyk's history, Thomas' 62 might have made waves.

Long his chief advisor, his father's response was that his son's notion his back swing had gotten short was wrong. "Everybody was so great and so positive", he said. "I'm anxious to see how it works (in the final round),'" Furyk said.

It worked better than any round in golf history.

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