NORTON, Massachusetts: It took a disappointing par for Scottie Scheffler to understand he was making enough birdies to have a shot at 59, and he seized the opportunity on Friday (Saturday in Manila) with four birdies over his last five holes to post the 12 th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history.
For the longest time, it appeared 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 without any viewers on the course.
Birdie. Eagle. Birdie. Eagle. Birdie.
He was 9 under through eight holes, and with two birdies to start the back nine, Johnson was 11 under through 11 holes.
And then he turned into a par device, with only two excellent appearances at birdie the rest of the method, and one decision he ‘d like to have back.
Johnson shot a 60, had a two-shot lead, and it practically felt as though acknowledgements remained in order.
” If I hit the fairway there, it’s a pretty easy 4. I didn’t, so shot 60,” Johnson said.
Johnson was at 15- under 127, 2 shots ahead of Scheffler and Cameron Davis (66). Scheffler ended up with two putts from throughout the 18 th green for his 12 th birdie, knocking in his last putt from 4 feet.
” You do not truly get a putt for 59 often, so I was quite nervous over the putt, however that’s absolutely nothing new,” Scheffler stated.
Not since the John Deere Classic in 2010 have 2 gamers had 60 or lower on the exact same day. That added to Tiger Woods feeling irritated by his pedestrian 71 that permitted him to make it 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, however I didn’t, so that’s a positive.”
Scheffler, the smooth 24- year-old rookie from Texas, didn’t do hardly anything wrong.
On the 18 th, his tee shot hopped out of the rough and into the first cut.
Scheffler was attempting to make as lots of birdies as possible. It was just after he missed a 10- foot birdie opportunity on the 13 th that he began to recognize what he was doing.
” I resembled, ‘Oh, man, that would have been a good one to enter’ because I was playing truly proficient at that point,” he stated. “Kind of clicked like, ‘Hey, I have a possibility to do something pretty cool today.'”
That makes five straight years with a 59 or better on the PGA Tour.
This stuck out as the 59 that generated the least amount of excitement, not on a spectator-free course with no scoreboards in the groups. Scheffler played with Kevin Streelman and Tony Finau, and only one of them knew what was going on.
” We do not have the indication bearers, so I brought it approximately Tony on 17 green, and he had no idea,” Streelman stated. “He thought it was 7 or 8 [under] and I resemble, ‘No, he resembles 11 right now.’ That’s the difference. There would definitely have been electrical energy, fans running in. He still had the pressure to step up there on 18 and make that nice up-and-down, and he played awesome.
” He played perfect golf today.”
So did Johnson.
Johnson holed a 40- foot eagle putt on No. 2.
Johnson missed 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 easiest of the day on the TPC Boston.
A 59 is no longer the record– Furyk shot 58 at the Travelers Champion in 2016– however it’s still considered golf’s magic number. It was the 2nd time Scheffler shot 59 this year. He also had one during with friends in Dallas when the trip closed down for 3 months since of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Johnson will need to wait.
” I wished to shoot59 I’ve never ever done it,” he stated.
” Not that I remember,” Johnson said, burglarizing a smile before including, “And I think I ‘d keep in mind that.”
Meanwhile, the FedEx Cup playoffs ended early for some two-dozen gamers who missed the cut and were assured of not making the top 70 who advance to the BMW Champion next week. That includes Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka, who withdrew before the competition started.