As professional golfers reach the career junction of the reality of the Champion’s tour firmly on the horizon and interacting marvelously with a dwindling skill-set and a plausible permanent assignment as a consultant at the local driving range, a universally powerful idea invades the subconsciousness.
Can the golden accomplishment of shooting one’s age remain a viable and attainable goal?
On Sunday, aging PGA veteran Jim Furyk gave an influx of validity to this notion, and in glorious fashion, netting a legendary round of 58 Sunday at the Traveler Championship. Furyk’s 12 under round at the par 70 TPC River Highlands in Connecticut was nothing less than phenomenal as the one-time major winner utilized a miraculous eagle from 135 yards on the way to earning his spot in the tapestry of golfing lore.
As a true afterthought to an act of pure brilliance, the 46-year-old failed to claim the overall tournament title, and finished 3 shots back to eventual winner Russel Knox.
In the process Furyk became the first PGA golfer to net two sub-60 rounds in tour history, a mere three years after his initial masterpiece of 59. The mainstay of golf’s global stage is known for having one of the most awkward and technically flawed swings, but is a testament to the wisdom of the phrase, “if it works, don’t change it.”
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