NORTON, Mass.– It took a frustrating par for Scottie Scheffler to understand he was making sufficient birdies to have a shot at 59, and he seized on the possibility Friday with 4 birdies over his last 5 holes to post the 12 th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history.
For the longest time, it looked like his 59 may not even be the best of the day at The Northern Trust.
As Scheffler was signing his card, Dustin Johnson had currently set off on an explosive start that put some buzz into the TPC Boston even with no spectators on the course.
He was 9 under through eight holes, and with two birdies to begin the back 9, Johnson was 11 under through 11 holes.
And then he turned into a par maker, with just 2 good looks at birdie the rest of the way, and one choice he ‘d like to have back.
Johnson shot a 60, had a two-shot lead, and it almost felt as though condolences were in order.
” If I hit the fairway there, it’s a quite easy 4. However I didn’t, so shot 60,” Johnson said. “That’s OKAY. I’m quite pleased with it. Pretty pleased with my position leading into the weekend.”
Johnson was at 15- under 127, 2 shots ahead of Scheffler and Cameron Davis (66). Scheffler completed with 2 putts from throughout the 18 th green for his 12 th birdie, knocking in his last putt from 4 feet.
” You do not actually get a putt for 59 frequently, so I was quite anxious over the putt, however that’s absolutely nothing brand-new,” Scheffler said. “I get worried over every shot. That’s just playing competitive golf.”
Not considering that the John Deere Classic in 2010 have 2 players had 60 or lower on the exact same day. That added to Tiger Woods sensation inflamed by his pedestrian 71 that enabled him to make the cut on the number and left him 12 shots back.
” I simply didn’t rather have it,” Woods said. “I was close to snapping a couple clubs today, but I didn’t, so that’s a favorable.”
Scheffler, the smooth 24- year-old novice from Texas, didn’t do barely anything incorrect.
On the 18 th, his tee shot hopped out of the rough and into the very first cut. From 215 yards, he wisely intended toward the left section of the green, hit 5-iron just brief and had 2 putts from 85 feet for a59 He rolled the long eagle attempt about 4 feet short, went over to his bag for a swig of water while waiting his turn, and calmly rolled it in.
Scheffler was attempting to make as numerous birdies as possible. It was only after he missed out on a 10- foot birdie chance on the 13 th that he started to understand what he was doing.
” I resembled, ‘Oh, man, that would have been a great one to enter’ since I was playing truly good at that point,” he said. “Sort of clicked like, ‘Hey, I have a chance to do something pretty cool today.'”
That makes 5 straight years with a 59 or better on the PGA Tour.
This stuck out as the 59 that produced the least amount of enjoyment, not on a spectator-free course without any scoreboards in the groups. Scheffler played with Kevin Streelman and Tony Finau, and only one of them understood what was going on.
” We do not have the indication bearers, so I brought it up to Tony on 17 green, and he had no idea,” Streelman stated. He still had the pressure to step up there on 18 and make that good up-and-down, and he played incredible.
” He played ideal golf today.”
So did Johnson. He made it look so easy that Marc Leishman, playing in his group, starting questioning the lowest score anyone ever shot. “A 59 didn’t even look like a question,” Leishman said.
Johnson holed a 40- foot eagle putt on No. 2. He hit driver to 4 feet for eagle on No. 4. The rest of his birdie putts remained in range, mostly from 12 feet or closer. And he kept making them, up until the birdies dried up rapidly.
Johnson missed out on a 12- footer on the 13 th and a 10- footer on the 17 th. And then he stopped working to make birdie on the last hole, the most convenient of the day on the TPC Boston.
A 59 is no longer the record– Furyk shot 58 at the Travelers Champion in 2016– but it’s still considered golf’s magic number.
Johnson will need to wait.
” I wanted to shoot59 I have actually never ever done it,” he said.
” Not that I keep in mind,” Johnson said, breaking into a smile prior to adding, “And I think I ‘d bear in mind that.”
Meanwhile, the FedEx Cup playoffs ended early for some two dozen gamers who missed out on the cut and were assured of not making the top 70 who advance to the BMW Champion next week. That consists of Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka, who withdrew prior to the tournament began.
Mackenzie Hughes and Corey Conners were the only Canadians to make the cut at the tournament.
Fellow Canadians Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor both failed to reach the 3-under cut.
Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press