HARTFORD, Conn., August 7, 2016 – History was made in multiple ways at the Travelers Championship on Sunday, setting both golf and charitable records. Jim Furyk broke the PGA TOUR single-round scoring record after shooting a 12-under-par 58. Six players in TOUR history have shot 59, including Furyk, who was the last man to do it, in 2013. But by making 10 birdies and an eagle, hitting all 18 greens in regulation and needing only 24 putts at TPC River Highlands, Furyk now stands alone in the scoring record book.
Furyk didn’t win the tournament; that honor went to Russell Knox, a 31-year-old from Scotland who broke free from a three-player tie for the lead on the back nine with birdies at Nos. 13 and 14. Knox closed with a 2-under-par 68, winning by one shot over Jerry Kelly after making a 12-foot putt for par on the 18th hole. It’s the second career TOUR win for Knox; the first came earlier this season.
Knox finished with a tournament total of 14-under-par. Kelly had a final-round 64 to claim second. Justin Thomas shot 62 and finished in third place at 12-under, tied with Patrick Rodgers, who shot 68. Third-round leader Daniel Berger, who led by three shots heading into the final round, shot a 74 and tied for fifth at 11-under.
Furyk punctuated his historic round with a two-putt par at the 18th hole, then was congratulated behind the green by Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Travelers. After signing his scorecard, Furyk was informed by Bessette and Jay Fishman, Executive Chairman of the Board, that Travelers would be donating $58,000 to the charity of Furyk’s choice in recognition of his achievement. The money will be split evenly between the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research and the Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation.
More than $2.8 million was raised for charity at this year’s Travelers Championship, a new tournament record. The primary beneficiary was the ALS Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, but more than 100 local charities and organizations will benefit.