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Furyk nearly robbed of historic 58 after playing partner's marking blunder

By Adam McKendry

Jim Furyk made golfing history on Sunday when he shot 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship, the lowest single round score ever recorded on the PGA Tour.

But there was a brief moment after Furyk's sensational round when that score, and his place in golfing folklore, was in jeopardy after his scorecard was marked incorrectly.

Furyk's playing partner, Argentine Miguel Angel Carballo, had mistakenly marked down the 46-year old for a birdie on the par-four 14th when Furyk had in fact made a par.

An innocent mistake, but one that would have seen Furyk disqualified from the tournament for submitting the incorrect score and the golfing history books staying as they were.

However, luckily, the two golfers spotted the counting error before they handed in their scorecards at the recording office after the round.

It was a lucky escape for Furyk, who had come close to the feat in 2013 when he shot a 59 around Conway Farms in the BMW Championship.

In fact, the American was rather lucky to be in a position to play on Sunday in the first place after he only just managed to make Friday's cut.

As a result, he found himself 16 shots back on Sunday morning, burdened with an early tee time of 8:41am, making him one of the first starters of the final day.

Undeterred, Furyk simply got down to work, racking up 10 birdies and an excellent eagle on his way to his stunning record-breaking 12-under par 58.

By the time he had finished his round, the overnight leaders were still to tee off on the first, and Furyk had leapt from the bottom of the leaderboard to fifth, where he would eventually finish, three shots behind winner Russell Knox.

It means the likes of Al Geiberger, the first man to ever shoot a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour, and former World No.1 David Duval no longer hold the record for the lowest round on the PGA Tour.

That honour now belongs to Furyk alone.

"I'm still a little stunned and a little flabbergasted," the veteran golfer said afterwards.

"It's a kind of reminder that no matter how bad you feel with your swing, you're never that far away, or no matter how good you feel you're never that far away from playing poorly as well."

Playing partner Carballo, who himself went round in 67 at TPC River Highlands, can be forgiven for his marking error given he was probably in awe of what he was witnessing.

His caddie, Martin Musarsez, said he knew when Furyk holed out from the fairway for eagle on the third that they were witnessing something special.

"When he made that shot on three, we said to ourselves, 'This guy's in the zone today'," Musarsez said.

"You couldn't ask for a better round than (that)."

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