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Furyk fires remarkable 59 at BMW championship

7:16 PM, Sep 13, 2013   |    comments
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Lake Forest, IL -- Jim Furyk birdied two of his last three holes Friday to shoot 12-under 59, which gave him a share of the lead after two rounds of the BMW Championship.

Furyk, who had trouble closing out several events in 2012, including his Ryder Cup singles match, tripped to a bogey on his 14th hole to drop him to 10-under for his round.

The 43-year-old, who won the 2003 U.S. Open at nearby Olympia Fields, bounced back with an 11-foot birdie putt on the seventh, his 16th. Furyk parred the par-5 eighth at Conway Farms, then stuffed his approach at the ninth within four feet.

Furyk buried the three-foot, three-inch putt for birdie and the sixth 59 in PGA Tour history. Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby both shot 59 in 2010, but they were the first since David Duval in 1999. Chip Beck (1991) and Al Geiberger (1977) were the other two PGA Tour players to shoot 59.

Will Wilcox and Russell Knox carded the fourth and fifth 59s in Web.com Tour history earlier this year. Furyk is a graduate of that tour.

Furyk's 59 vaulted him into a share of the lead at 11-under-par 131. He was joined there by first-round leader Brandt Snedeker, who carded a 3-under 68.

Zach Johnson posted a 1-under 70 to end alone in third at minus-8.

Jordan Spieth fired a 6-under 65, the second-best round of the day, to jump into a tie for fourth at 6-under-par 136. He stands alongside Nick Watney (69), Kevin Streelman (70) and Charl Schwartzel (70).

Five-time champion Tiger Woods managed a 1-over 72 to end in a share of 13th at 4-under 138.

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