Jim Furyk almost loses out on historic 58 thanks to playing competitor's scoring error

Jim Furyk almost loses out on historic 58 thanks to playing competitor's scoring error

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Jim Furyk almost loses out on historic 58 thanks to playing competitor's scoring error

What an amazing day it was for Jim Furyk. And what an amazing day it almost wasn’t.

Furyk posted an incredible, record-breaking 12-under 58 on Sunday at the Travelers Championship. While six players had previously shot 59 in a PGA Tour round, Furyk became the first to shoot 58, earning him the “Mr. 58” distinction. Oh, and he became the first player to ever shoot TWO sub-60 rounds in official golf tournaments (one of those six PGA Tour 59s belongs to Furyk, who posted his during the second round of the 2013 BMW Championship).

How awful it would have been if that had all been taken away. That wasn’t far from happening.

Miguel Angel Carballo was Furyk’s playing competitor for the day, and as is protocol, he kept Furyk’s scorecard. Only, with the 46-year-old pretty much putting up a birdie a hole most of the round, Carballo may have gotten too caught up in the excitement.

One of Furyk’s few pars for the day came on the par-4 14th. But as you can see in the video below, Carballo originally put Furyk down for a 3.

Fortunately, as the footage details, the mistake was realized and fixed before the players signed the card. But what if the error had been caught only after they signed? Oh, boy. Furyk not only wouldn’t have been given a 58, he would’ve been disqualified – as if none of this ever happened.

Again, luckily, everything was OK in the end. But it’s a good reminder, even after such a happy day, you still have to be diligent and check your scorecard closely.

– Kevin Casey

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