Furyk hits magical 59

Jim Furyk hit a magical 59 as he surged into contention on day two of the BMW Championship in Illinois last night.

Starting from the 10th, the 2003 US Open champion played the back nine in 28 and kept up his charge after the turn hitting a birdie on the last for only the sixth sub-60 round in PGA Tour history.

Eight-time Ryder Cup player Furyk hit 11 birdies and an eagle in his round.He joined Al Geiberger, Chip Beck, David Duval, Paul Goydos and Stuart Appleby as the only players to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour.

Meanwhile Waterford’s Kevin Phelan celebrated making the halfway cut on day two of the KLM Open.

Less than a week ago Phelan was in the States contesting the Walker Cup and he’s come to Holland looking now to make the most of a sponsors invitation in grabbing four birdies and taking two bogeys in a round of a two under par 68 to make the one under cut right on the mark.

It left the 22-year old trailing eight shots behind the Spanish duo of Miguel Angel Jimenez (67) and Pablo Larrazabal (66) who head the field on nine under par.

Three players including former double KLM Open champion Simon Dyson (63) and fellow past winner Ross Fisher (65) plus Frenchman Julien Quesne (65) share second place on eight under par.

Jimenez is looking to win a second Dutch title 19 years after a first.

Paul McGinley (67) and Damien McGrane (70) share the leading Irish honours on five under par and with McGinley, who has again having to deal with Ryder Cup “administrative issues”, delighted to again be able to display his talents inside the ropes, and to also make it three guaranteed pay cheques in succession.

“It was solid start with two birdies and just one bogey on the card when I drove into a bush at the 13th and had to take a penalty drop,” he said.

Shane Lowry was disappointed to three-putt the last for bogey in a score of 68.

Pádraig Harrington was left surprised after posting a 69 that included an eagle, two birdies but also three bogeys for a level par tally.

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