The lowest single-round score in PGA Championship history was shot by Tom Watson and he is the only player who has ever done it. The ball landed just centimeters from an outer bank, but that could not stop this slam dunk of a round.
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Tom Watson had his best career finish at 1st on the leaderboard with one round to go before finishing as runner-up overall for second place!
The lowest single-round score at the PGA Championship was shot by Tiger Woods in 1997. The score was a 9-under-par 63. Read more in detail here: lowest pga tournament score ever.
For more than a century, the PGA Championship has been held. However, we can’t utilize that century’s worth of statistics when it comes to the lowest single round in tournament history. The PGA Championship was a match-play tournament from 1916 through 1957, hence those years are excluded.
The lowest single round at Llanerch Country Club in suburban Philadelphia in 1958, the first year the tournament employed stroke play, was a 4-under 66. Walter Burkemo, the 1953 champion, shot that and ended 15 strokes behind winner Dow Finsterwald.
That record didn’t last long, as runner-up Jerry Barber broke it the following year at Minneapolis Golf Club with a 65 in the second round. In 1964, eventual champion Bobby Nichols set a new PGA Championship record when he started his week at Columbus Country Club with a 64. In the final round, Jack Nicklaus tied it.
Sixty-four remained the benchmark until 1975, when Bruce Crampton established a new record with a 7-under 63 in the second round at Firestone Country Club. And he still retains the record to this day. Since then, 15 additional golfers have tied for the record. Brooks Koepka was the most recent player to score in the first round of the 2019 Bethpage Black. He’s also the first player in history to accomplish the feat twice, pushing his total to 17.
However, since the PGA Championship does not take place on the same course every year, not all 17 of these 63s are equivalent in terms of par. However, they’re all clearly impressive.
At the PGA Championship, a 63 has been shot 17 times.
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The following is a comprehensive list of PGA Championship golfers who have scored a 63.
- Bruce Crampton, Firestone Country Club, 2nd round, 1975 (par-70)
- Southern Hills Country Club, first round, Raymond Floyd, 1982 (par-70)
- Gary Player, Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club, 2nd round, 1984 (par-72)
- Vijay Singh, second round, Inverness Club, 1993 (par-71)
- Michael Bradley, Riviera Country Club, 1st round, 1995 (par-71)
- Brad Faxon, Riviera Country Club, 4th round, 1995 (par-71)
- Jose Maria Olazabal, Valhalla Golf Club, third round, 2000 (par-72)
- Mark O’Meara, Atlanta Athletic Club, 2nd round, 2001 (par-70)
- Baltusrol Golf Club, third round, 2005: Thomas Bjorn (par-70)
- Tiger Woods, Southern Hills Country Club, 2nd round, 2007. (par-70)
- Steve Stricker, Atlanta Athletic Club, 1st round, 2011. (par-70)
- Jason Dufner, second round, Oak Hill Country Club, 2013. (par-70)
- Hiroshi Iwata, Whistling Straits, 2nd round, 2015. (par-72)
- Robert Streb, second round, Baltusrol Golf Club, 2016. (par-70)
- 2018: Charl Schwartzel, Bellerive Country Club, 2nd round (par-70)
- Brooks Koepka, Bellerive Country Club, 2nd round, 2018. (par-70)
- Brooks Koepka, Bethpage Black, 1st round, 2019. (par-70)
PGATour.com provided the statistics.
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