Furyk fires 59, shares lead at BMW Championship

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Jim Furyk birdied two of his last holes, stuffing a gap wedge into just over 3 feet on his final hole Friday at the BMW Championship, and knocked in the putt to become the sixth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59.

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.

The gallery lined both sides of the fairway about 150 yards down from the green and gave him a huge ovation when he walked onto the green.

He made the putt and repeatedly pumped his fist, turning for the gallery in the grandstands to see, and then he hugged caddie Mike “Fluff” Cowan and tapped him on the head. It looked like a Sunday afternoon, and had the occasion of a winning putt.

This at least gave Furyk a share of the lead at the BMW Championship with Brandt Snedeker, who was nine shots clear of Furyk at the start of the day and shot 68.

LPGA Tour

MIYAZATO LEADS EVIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: In Evian-LES-Bains, France, 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 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

LARRAZABAL, JIMENEZ LEAD KLM OPEN: In Zandvoort, Netherlands, Pablo Larrazabal shot a 4-under 66 to join fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez atop the leaderboard after the second round at the KLM Open.

Web.com Tour

NOH LEADS IN OHIO: In Columbus, Ohio, Seung-Yul Noh shot a 6-under 65 in cool, breezy conditions to take a two-stroke lead in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship.

Noh had a 9-under 133 total on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course in the third of four events in the Web.com Tour Finals series. Two players were unable to finish the second round because of darkness after a long rain delay Thursday pushed back play.

The bulk of the field is made up of players in the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. The top 25 on the Web.com regular-season money list are assured PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season, while the other players are fighting for 25 additional cards through earnings in the finals.