AWSI: A Grinder Prevails and is Inspirational…


We interrupt A-Rod’s retirement announcement to bring you something way fantastic.

Jim Furyk Makes PGA Tour History With Final-Round 58

With 10 birdies, one eagle and no bogeys, the 46-year-old became the first player to shoot lower than a 59 at a PGA Tour event

And what makes that even more impressive, he was, from what we could tell, 70th in a field of 73 when he started his round on Sunday. With his 58, he climbed to a tie for fifth (and a payday of roughly $231K).

The guy was in a zone for sure!

Reflecting on his day, Furyk told Jonathan Wall of

…You don’t wake up on Sunday morning with an 8:41 tee time thinking that anything exciting is going to happen. I mean, really on those days the most exciting thing that can happen is the group in front of you plays quick and your flight takes off a little early and you get home is usually what you’re looking to do…

Talk about “the human drama of athletic competition” (a Jedemi theme this August):

“…Every potential roadblock to the record was met with a tee shot to the fairway — Furyk only missed one during the round — or a green in regulation. In complete control of his game, Furyk would par 17 and make the walk up 18 with a chance to shoot 57.

When the birdie putt slid by the hole, Furyk cleaned up the remaining 2 feet to etch his name in history as the first player to ever shoot 58 in more than 1.5 million competitive rounds played on TOUR.

AWSI, sometimes your best work happens when nobody is watching. In Furyk’s case there was “only a smattering of fans in the gallery.”


If you want to read more, check out this from ESPN’s Jason Sobel:

Jim Furyk’s 58 is one for golf’s grinders

This one was for the grinders. This one was for everyone who keeps plugging away on the practice range, with the sole objective of getting better. This one was those who don’t look like Jason Day or Dustin Johnson or any other artist’s rendering of what a modern-era professional should be. This one was for the folks who have been told they’re too old or too short off the tee or too anything else.

This one was for any golfer — male or female, young or old, seasoned pro or unskilled amateur — who has watched Jim Furyk and said to themselves: If that guy can be that good using that swing, then maybe there’s hope for me, too.


That’s a wrap! Thanks for reading and keep grinding my friends!

—The Gang

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