Furyk eyes place in history books
Jim Furyk was in with a chance of a 59 as he surged into contention on day two of the BMW Championship in Illinois.
The 2010 FedEx Cup winner boosted his chances of repeating the feat - but of more immediate concern at Conway Farms was the chance of a piece of history.
Starting from the 10th, the 2003 US Open champion played the back nine in 28 and kept up his charge after the turn, though a dropped shot at the fifth threatened to derail his bid for only the sixth sub-60 round in PGA Tour history.
He remained second behind leader Brandt Snedeker, who followed his opening 63 by reaching four under for the day through 15 holes and 12 under for the tournament.
Eight-time Ryder Cup player Furyk opened with three consecutive birdies and added another at the 14th before holing a 115-yard wedge for eagle at the par-four 15th.
Birdies followed at the 17th and 18th and three more in succession from the second brought a 59 closer than ever, but a three-putt at the next put it back in the balance and left him nine under for the tournament.
Should he manage to play the last three holes - including the par-five eighth - in two under par, he would join Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby as the only players to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour.
Furyk's best previous round is a 62, a mark he has achieved five times in his long career.
Snedeker made two birdies on the front nine but gave one of those shots back at the last hole before the turn.
Three birdies in four holes from the 11th took him back clear and after Furyk's blip at the fifth, the Tennessee native led by three.
A third American, Zach Johnson, and South Africa's Charl Schwartzel shared third place on seven under after 16 and 15 holes respectively, with rising star Jordan Spieth among a four-strong group a further shot back after a six-under 65.