Saturday, September 14, 2013


By JIM CORRIGAN, reporting from Chicago.
 Jim Furyk shot the sixth 59 in US PGA Tour history at the BMW Championship – and his magic number was in complete contrast to Rory McIlroy’s sorry effort.
While the veteran American was compiling his 12-under magnificence, McIlroy was recording his highest two-round aggregate in the United States. 
The former world No 1 is on 13 under after a 76. McIlroy will not be in Atlanta at the FedEx finale playing for the $10 million (£6.3 million) bonus, but Furyk surely will. 
The 44-year-old left his first-round 72 behind in extraordinary style with the lowest score of his long career by three shots to join the likes of David Duval and Stuart Appleby, the last man to break 60 in 2010. 
Furyk, who was overlooked for the Presidents Cup by US captain Fred Couples, holed his second on the 15th (his sixth) with a wedge from 115 yards and a barrage of birdies took him to 11-under with five remaining . 
Furyk three-putted the next hole for bogey, but was not done. He holed an 11-footer for a birdie on his 16th (the seventh) and then, on the last (the par-four ninth), he fired in a brilliant wedge from 110 yards to three feet. 
When the putt dropped, he fell into the arms of his caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan, with so many of his fellow pros soon lining up to pass on their congratulations. His remarkable afternoon’s work gave him a share of the lead on 11-under with Brandt Snedeker, with Tiger Woods in a tie for fourth on six under. 
In last place in the 70-man field comes McIlroy. 
“I can get my head sharp, get refreshed and get ready for the last stint of the season,” McIlroy said. “I can recharge my batteries.” 
 He watched his hopes of a resurgence blow all over Conway Farms. McIlroy made his 11th double-bogey in his last 10 rounds, when he found trouble off the tee on the seventh. There was a birdie on the ninth, courtesy of a wedge to four feet, but this was a rare reminder of his quality. 
Former Masters champion Zach Johnson was three two shots off the lead at eight under after a second-round 70, while Tiger Woods lost ground after being penalised two strokes at the first.
The 14-time major champion's ball was seen on TV to have moved as he removed some loose impediments behind his ball and video footage was reviewed as he completed his round.
Slugger White, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and competition, advised Woods not to sign his card until he had seen the video himself and the American's six was turned into an eight for a 72 and four under.
"I told him not to turn it in until I talked to him, and he looked at it, and clearly felt like the ball just oscillated," said White. "It's pretty clear that the ball did move."
England's Brian Davis led the British challenge on three under after a 67, one shot ahead of compatriot Luke Donald (70).
Another Englishman Lee Westwood looked less troubled by the back and neck problems that blighted his first round as he improved from an 80 to a 73 to end 11 over.
Defending champion Rory McIlroy, 24, was unable to gain any significant ground, though, as he finished only one shot better off than his first-round 78.
The Northern Irishman, who is without a win since the World Tour Championship in November last year, reached halfway at 13 over and in last place after a round that included six bogeys, one double bogey and two birdies.
The BMW Championship is the third leg of four in the FedEx Cup end-of-season play-off series.
There is no halfway cut but only the top 30 players in the standings will qualify for next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta, where the FedEx Cup winner will claim the $10m (£6.3m) prize.



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