With a shot at golf's magic number, Jim Furyk had no trouble finishing the job.
Furyk birdied two of his last three holes Friday in the BMW Championship to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59. Needing a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill., he stuffed a gap wedge into just over 3 feet and calmly knocked it in.
"A very cool card," Furyk said as he gazed at the scores, which included an eagle when he holed out with a 9-iron.
It was a day he won't forget, in the same town -- the Chicago suburbs, anyway -- where he won his lone major at the U.S. Open in 2003.
Standing in the ninth fairway at Conway Farms, 103 yards from a front pin, Furyk didn't want to let his chance get away from him.
"I said, 'How many opportunities are you going to have in life to do this again?' " he said. "Got to take advantage of it. Tried to knock it in there tight and make it as easy on yourself as you can."
Furyk is tied for the lead with Brandt Snedeker, who was nine shots clear of Furyk at the start of the second round and shot 68.
Zach Johnson was alone in third after a 70, three shots behind. No one else was closer than five shots.
Tiger Woods thought he finished with a 70 to be five back, only to be given a two-shot penalty when video showed his ball moved while he was removing twigs around it on the first hole. That gave him a quadruple-bogey 8 on the opening hole and a 72, leaving him seven shots behind -- and paired with Sergio Garcia in the third round.
Furyk's was the first 59 on the PGA Tour since Stuart Appleby in the final round of The Greenbrier Classic in 2010.
"There's not much I could have improved on today," Furyk said.
LPGA Tour/Ladies European Tour: Mika Miyazato of Japan shot a 6-under 65 to take the lead after the rain-delayed first round of the Evian Championship, the year's fifth and final major. The tournament in Evian-Les-Bains, France, was shortened to 54 holes after Thursday's play was washed out. Top-ranked Inbee Park, making a bid for golf history, got off to a bad start with a 74. The 25-year-old South Korean is trying to become the first professional to win four majors in a season. But she double bogeyed the second hole and capped a frustrating day with a bogey on the 18th.
European Tour: Pablo Larrazabal shot a 4-under 66 to join fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez atop the leader board after the second round at the KLM Open in Sandvoort, Netherlands. The co-leaders are at 9-under totals of 131. Jimenez, 49, is chasing his 20th European Tour title.