Thursday, August 11, 2016
Nexbelt Pro Jim Furyk Shoots 58 - Lowest Round in PGA TOUR History - at the Travelers Championship
Following a round of 72 on Saturday, Furyk went to the range at TPC River Highlands to try and fix a swing issue that had him frustrated and perplexed.
"I felt like someone else leaped into my body and was making the swing," Furyk said of his round. "I wasn't hitting the ball solid. I think I hit 12 drivers yesterday, hit the ball in the fairway five times. That's just not - that's not my - that's my strength, so to turn that around and make it a weakness is the reason I shot a couple over par."
Furyk made a call to the only swing instructor he's ever worked with: his dad, Mike Furyk. Jim spoke to his dad and sent him a video of his swing. After working on a shorter backswing, it appeared that a "fix" had been found.
"I looked at [the video] and was kind of a little shocked at how short it looked," Furyk said. "The club was probably more in that position. I sent it off to my dad and said, does this look too short, and he looked at it and said, not at all. In fact, he said a couple nice things to me, you look like you're really in good balance. It looks like everything is working together a lot better than what you were explaining before. He said, I think it looks great.
With this new swing thought in the back of his mind, Furyk set out to play his final round on Sunday morning, completely unaware that he was about to shoot the lowest round in PGA TOUR history.
Furyk recorded a 27 on his first nine holes and it became suddenly apparent that something very special might be on the horizon. It was at that point he started to let the thought of shooting sub-60 creep into his mind. Three years earlier, Furyk found himself in a similar position, needing two birdies in his last three holes at the 2013 BMW Championship to shoot 59. Furyk accomplished the feat, becoming just the sixth player in TOUR history to record a 59 in competition.
With three holes left for history, Furyk hit his tee shot on the par-3 16th on the green, setting up the shot of the tournament - a 23-foot putt that curled into the hole for birdie, igniting a raucous scene and a fist pump from Furyk.
"The putt at 16 was huge," Furyk said, "To see that go in and get it to 12 under par, and then it was, again, fighting emotions."
Furyk sank a 2 foot par putt on 18 to etch his name in history as the first player to ever shoot 58 in more than 1.5 million competitive rounds played on TOUR.
"We're so happy for Jim," said Eddie Rowland, Co-Founder of Nexbelt. It's an amazing story and a real testament to his work ethic. Most players would head back to their hotel room after struggling with their swing and shooting a round of 72 on Saturday. Not Jim, he heads to the range and sets his mind on figuring it out. What an accomplishment. We're so proud to have Mr. 58 on our team!"
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