The PGA Tour has been around for 86 years. In that time frame, no man has dominated a round like Jim Furyk did last Sunday at the Travelers Championship.
Furyk didn’t even win the tournament, yet still he stole all of the glory and admiration, deservingly so. The veteran from West Chester, Pennsylvania, carded a final round score of 58 at TPC River Highlands and finished in a tie for fifth.
At one-over-par entering the final round, Furyk probably didn’t imagine himself being anywhere in the top five, let alone the top ten, unless a miracle happened. Well that miracle did, indeed, happen on a Sunday afternoon.
Furyk’s 12-under-par round was the lowest round in PGA Tour history.
Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus. All three of those men have multiple major championships and have changed the game of golf in some way, but Furyk did something on Sunday that these men couldn’t do.
To add to his historic round, Furyk is also one of six men to shoot a 59 on a Tour event as well.
The unorthodox swing is one that you wouldn’t teach a young golfer just beginning, but his approach to the game is something you would.
He is by no means a flashy player, but knows how to play the game without putting himself in jeopardy. He hits the ball in the fairway and stays away from hazards with regulatory, and that is something that any professional can teach.
With all of the attention of the tournament falling on Furyk’s magnificent round, credit has to be awarded to Russell Knox, who won the tournament at 14-under-par. Knox was consistent in each of his four rounds in the tournament and ended up winning by one stroke over Jerry Kelly.
Yet despite his tremendous performance, Furyk is still the man that everyone talks about. Shooting a round like he did can do a lot for a man, especially as the season winds down.
His performance throws him into the bag of names for the Ryder Cup, which begins at the end of September. Right now, Furyk would not make the cut for the team despite his record-breaking round, but there is still a lot of golf left to be played and you never know what this round could mean for the rest of the season.
You would have to think that Furyk’s struggles in the event could play a major role into him not making the team either. Knox, likewise, could have the same fate.
Despite the great tournament he had this past weekend, he has a lot of players to leap over to get into the mix on the European side. Yet, regardless of if both men make the team or don’t make the team, great news was spread around a minor tournament on the PGA Tour schedule.
When records are broken in a game where it takes as much precision and perfection as it does in golf, then it goes far beyond just a win or a loss.
Knox played tremendous and deserves a lot of praise for his win, but this tournament all hinged on one round and that belongs to a man that has battled through critics in not only the last four years, but really his whole career. Congratulations Furyk, you deserve it.