Furyk capped his round at the par-71 Conway Farms Golf Club with a three-foot birdie at the ninth hole, his last of the day. He had 11 birdies, one eagle and one bogey and joined Brandt Snedeker atop the leaderboard.
“There’s not much I could have improved on today,” said Furyk, who got off to a sizzling start with birdies at his first three holes, the 10th, 11th and 12th. Another birdie at the par-five 14th was followed by an eagle at the par-four 15th, where he holed a wedge from 115 yards out in the fairway.
Birdies at 17 and 18 saw him make the turn in 28. From there, the eight-time Ryder Cup player said, he tried to forget about his first nine holes and just focus on his inward run.
He birdied three in a row starting at the second before his only miscue of the day, a bogey at the par-four fifth. Furyk is the first US PGA Tour player to post a 59 since 2010, when both Paul Goydos and Australian Stuart Appleby achieved the feat. David Duval, Chip Beck and Al Geiberger have also done it.