In the last two weeks, two players — Stephan Jaeger on the Web.com Tour and Jim Furyk on the PGA Tour — have shot 58 in a PGA Tour-sanctioned tournament. That had never happened previously.
Zach Johnson isn’t sure anything like that is going to happen again in his lifetime.
“What’s crazy is the fact that we’ve had two 58s in two weeks,” Johnson said Tuesday ahead of the John Deere Classic, played opposite the men’s Olympic golf tournament in Rio. “Obviously it’s never happened. Probably not going to happen again. At least not in my time.”
The two-time major winner made the obvious joke that you’ll hear from a lot of your golf buddies in the next few weeks, but Johnson talks from the experience of seeing Furyk firsthand for the first two rounds last week at the Travelers Championship.
“You just know you go to some of these tournaments, and these fields, because they’re so deep, you got to shoot low numbers,” he said. “Fifty-eight is low. I shoot 58 every day. Just depends how many holes I got left.”
While Johnson doesn’t believe we’re destined for even lower rounds in the future — at least not two like we saw in a 10-day stretch — the 2012 winner at TPC Deere Run knows the par-71 host track has surrendered a 59 in the past, to Paul Goydos in 2010. If there’s going to be another 58, Johnson thinks it’s more plausible at TPC Deere Run than it was at TPC River Highlands.
“The difference is that I think it’s much more attainable here,” he said. “You have three par 5s and a drivable par 4 here.”
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