Furyk cards historic 59
Jim Furyk carded a historic 59 on day two of the BMW Championship in Illinois.
The eight-time Ryder Cup player holed out nervelessly from inside three feet at his last hole, the ninth, to crown a round featuring 11 birdies, an eagle and a bogey.
The 12-under-par card at Conway Farms lifted Furyk, 43, level with Brandt Snedeker for the tournament lead and represented only the sixth sub-60 round on the PGA Tour.
Starting from the 10th, the 2003 US Open champion played the back nine in 28 - highlighted when he holed a 115-yard wedge for eagle at the par-four 15th - and kept up his charge after the turn.
He made three birdies in succession from the second, although a dropped shot at the fifth threatened to derail him.
He got back on track with birdie at the seventh, though, meaning he needed to play the final two holes in one under par.
He missed his chance at the par-five eighth - although he was fortunate to avoid a deep bunker just in front of the green - but he hit his approach to the next right at the pin and drilled the short putt into the centre of the hole.
Snedeker followed his opening 63 with a three-under-par 68, with five birdies offset by dropped shots at the ninth and 16th.
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.
Furyk told Sky Sports 3: "It was a little hectic down the stretch.
"I had the three-putt at five and you could see the nerves at the sixth, leaving the putt short.
"I got myself back on track at seven, then I was kind of between clubs at eight with a pretty good chance to make my birdie.
"I told myself at nine, 'how many chances are you going to have in your life to do this again?'.
"It'll sink in later. I'm excited.''
Furyk's previous best round on the tour was 62 - a mark he has achieved five times.
Asked if this was his best, as well as his lowest, round, he nodded immediately before adding: "I've played a couple of good ones. I remember a 62 at Doral where the next best was something like 67. I think that defines the real good rounds - a guy shoots four or five shots better than the rest of the field.''
That was certainly the case on this occasion, with the 65s recorded by Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker being the nearest rivals to Furyk's score.