Who would have believed it—two 58s within a little more than a week on the professional golf tours and one in our backyard in Hayward.
Yes, German Stephen Jaeger tore up the TPC Stonebrae Country Club course in the Hayward hills with a 58 on his opening round of the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic about two weeks ago. The Web.com players (formerly the Nationwide Tour) have found the hilltop course to their liking score-wise each time it has been held there since 2009 with winners easily finishing double-digits under par.
Tony Finau set the scoring record in 2014 at 258, 22 under par, but Jaeger kept the momentum going after the 58 by finishing at 30 under 250 on the par 70 course. His scores set the Web.com tour records for both low 72- and low 54-hole totals.
Then last Sunday, veteran PGA Tour pro Jim Furyk, playing early after barely making the cut, electrified the gallery at the Traveler’s in Connecticut by starting the front side eight under and then bringing home a 12-under 58—the first ever on the PGA Tour. He did it at age 46, three years after carding a 59.
Furyk was the last PGA Tour pro to shoot 59 and he said that experience helped during his successful quest for the 58.
He added to his laurels Tuesday when he was named the Payne Stewart Award winner.