BMW Championship: Jim Furyk cards historic 59 in second round to tie lead
By Mark Kendall - Twitter: @SkySportsMK. Last Updated: 15/09/13 7:16am
Jim Furyk wrote his name into golfing folklore as he fired a dramatic round of 59 which moved him into a tie for the halfway lead at the BMW Championship in Illinois.
The 43-year-old became only the sixth man to break 60 in the history of the PGA Tour as he rolled home for birdie at his final hole to complete a remarkable 12-under-par round at Conway Farms.
Furyk had started the day nine shots behind overnight leader Brandt Snedeker, but charged through field as he collected eleven birdies and an eagle, as well as a solitary bogey, to draw level with the defending FedEx Cup champion.
Starting at the tenth hole, Furyk needed just 28 strokes for his opening nine as he mixed six birdies and an eagle which came when he holed his second from 115 yards at the par-four 15th.
Having got himself 11-under for the day through just 13 holes after further birdies at two, three and four, Furyk's bid for the history books looked in jeopardy after a three-putt at the fifth led to the only blemish on his scorecard.
He regrouped with another birdie at the seventh but, after only making par at the par-five eighth from the middle of the fairway, knew he needed a birdie down the ninth to break the magical 60 barrier.
He did so in some style as he stiffed a wedge from 103 yards and then coolly rolled home the subsequent two-foot putt to become the first man since Australia's Stuart Appleby at the Greenbrier Classic three years ago to post a 59.
Snedeker followed his opening 63 with a three-under-par 68, with five birdies offset by dropped shots at the ninth and 16th.
Moment of history
He was watching as Furyk holed out for his moment of history, and responded with a warm smile despite seeing his rival move level with his 36-hole total.
The next best on Friday was a 65 that saw youngster Jordan Spieth force his way up into a five-way tie for fourth at six-under, two back of Zach Johnson (70) in third.
Spieth sits alongside Nick Watney, Kevin Streelman, Ryan Moore and Charl Schwartzel, while Tiger Woods finds himself seven shots off the pace after a one-over round of 72.
Woods thought he had finished on six under until he was informed that he had incurred a two-shot penalty on the opening hole, turning a double-bogey six into an eight.
The world No 1 was adjudged to have moved his ball as he remove some loose impediments before hitting his third shot from within a group of trees at the rear of the green.