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Posted by Radatz on August 8, 2016 at 2:10 PM


Since Jim Furyk joined the tour in 1994 he's been very good, but always snowed under by the avalanche of good golfers who emerged as his contemporaries. Tiger Woods used to get all the ink even though Furyk had compiled the second-best winning streak of the time, winning at least one tournament every year from 1998 through 2003. These days a slew of new generation stars like Jordan Spieth grab the headlines, all deservedly so.

 

But none of them has done what Furyk did, which was to shoot a 58 on the PGA tour (at the Travelers on a par-70 course). Besides recording the lowest round in tour history, he also became the first to break 60 twice.

 

I once asked a guitarist friend who the best guitarist in the world was, knowing it was a stupid question. He actually thought about it and said "some guy nobody ever heard of in a ratty apartment somewhere." Probably there are unknown golfers all over the world who shoot in the 50s regularly on unknown, ill-kept courses. I wouldn't doubt it. But Furyk has done it twice now on the tour, right in front of everybody. He has a moment nobody else can claim.


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7 Comments

Reply the immortal scurds
8:17 PM on August 8, 2016 
best in the world is a fluid question that depends on the circumstances of an exact moment in time.
but if your the only one who can/has done it, then your moment is longer. Furyk sounds like a model of consistent excellence. consistant. its the vital component to true greatness.
and yeah, its been real quiet for him. why?
Reply vapor5
11:41 AM on August 9, 2016 
58 was what I shot for nine holes when I was a teenager. Obviously golf wasn't my game. hats off to furyk
Reply Ferociousjane
4:17 PM on August 10, 2016 
All hail "The Businessman"--- another of my dad's favorites.
Is this your first ever golf blog? I swear I can't remember another from you.
Reply Radatz
8:30 PM on August 10, 2016 
Not sure I can either. But when you see '58' it grabs your attention!
Reply Ferociousjane
11:16 PM on August 10, 2016 
Yes, sir.
About the only way to get more clicks on this site is to title it "69".
Reply Radatz
11:22 PM on August 10, 2016 
Ha! I thought of that! Subliminal suggestion, like naming the computer HAL! Figured it would draw macappers like flies! No I didn't.
Reply Ferociousjane
11:40 PM on August 10, 2016 
Throw in some bikini- clad turkeys and a pool full of chocolate pudding and you'll never get rid of Scurds.