On TOUR: Mr. 58 & Hartford, CT for the Travelers Championship

Sunday I witnessed sports history –following along inside the ropes for the lowest score EVER recorded in PGA TOUR history. Sunday I covered Jim Furyk’s magical 58. Sunday is a day I’ll never forget.

I’ve covered multiple World Series games, the Cotton Bowl and other big sporting events, but this was like nothing I’ve ever witness in my sports career. I was sitting in the media center when I overheard someone say that Jim Furyk had just shot a 27 on the Front 9. I immediately had to follow up with them on that. I mean, that’s just crazy! A 27?!

After I had confirmed that it was true and that he had just set the Front 9 record by two strokes, I knew I had to get out there. I came up on Jim’s group as he putted in for birdie on 10. Then saw him go right at the pin on the par 3, 11th hole and knew I was about to witness something special.

Our live broadcast had me Skype in several times to depict what I was seeing on the ground.

The live Skype hit you saw there was on 15, where he pared the par 4. But the next hole on 16, was where the magic happened. I was standing down by the green on the par 3 with other PGA TOUR employees and we witness Furyk sink an incredible putt for birdie. He was officially going after 58, maybe even 56 or 57.

We couldn’t believe what we had just seen! We were so excited, I had to record our reaction to what we had just witnessed.

The most amazing thing we had witnessed all day then occurred on 18. As we were walking up the fairway with Jim, the entire golf course was gathered in the grandstands and up the fairway. He received a standing ovation as he walked up his final fairway of the day. It gives me goosebumps, even still, to think about it. It was like walking up 18 at The Open Championship. Unreal.

It was amazing to see the joy on Jim’s face after he finished his round. It was a media circus but he didn’t care, he had just made sports history.

Days later it never gets old telling the story of that magical day and I don’t think it ever will.

I joined John Swantek on his “Talk of the TOUR” podcast to give my first-hand account and it was a lot of fun to relive the day with him and our listeners.

My co-workers even surprised me with a giant photo of my interview with Furyk and he came into the office on Tuesday to receive the Payne Stewart Award and kindly signed a flag for me. (You can see both in the photo gallery of the day below.)

Even leading up to that day, I thoroughly enjoyed the tournament. The Travelers Championship is a wonderfully run little tournament on TOUR and one I highly recommend checking out.

I was able to do all sorts of fun challenges! Like try out the 15 1/2 hole:

…take on Retief Goosen at the Chipping Challenge:

…And help emcee the Celebrity Mini Golf Competition that included actor Luke Wilson, just to name a few:

We even tested out our new Skype technology that allowed me to instantly go live in the broadcast from anywhere on the course, including the top of a rock wall…

Overall it was a fun week at the tournament, complete with an Ernie Els ace to go with Furyk’s 58!

As you can see by the tournament photos in the gallery above, I LOVE food. In addition to testing out the food at the tournament with my fellow PGA TOUR host Kelly Hawkins…

…Kelly and I also discovered the neighborhood of West Hartford where we tried several AWESOME restaurants. If you are ever in the Hartford area, you must go check out this neighborhood lined with shops, restaurants and bars. Such a cute area!

Among the places we tried and that I highly recommend:

  • Barcelona (tapas)
  • Bartaco (Mexican cuisine)
  • Blue Elephant Trail (Thai food)
  • Restaurant Bricco (Italian)
  • Elbow Room (bar)

Not on the list in West Hartford, but something you should definitely try in the area is the pizza in New Haven. It’s to die for! I tried Pepe’s but Sally’s & Modern were also recommended to me and they all fight to be on the list of the Top 10 best pizza places in the U.S. year-in and year-out.

Overall, I had a fabulous time in Hartford. And if you can’t tell, I LOVE my job. Everyone’s dream job is attainable. You just have to work your butt off, put in the hours, blood, sweat and tears and you can get there.


About Teryn Gregson

Teryn Gregson (formerly Schaefer) is an award-winning journalist, golf presenter, on-camera host, wife and blogger. Connecting with golf fans world-wide, Teryn is best known for her role as a broadcaster for the PGA TOUR.