PGA Championship Scoring Records

Brooks Koepka holds multiple PGA Championship scoring records

Which golfers hold the big scoring records at the PGA Championship? The ones who follow in the categories below. We take a look at the 72-hole records for both total strokes and strokes under par, plus the 18-hole and 9-hole records.

72-Hole Stroke Total

The lowest winning score in PGA Championship history was set by Brooks Koepka when he won in 2018. Koepka carded rounds of 69, 63, 66 and 66 for a total of 264. That lowered the previous record by one stroke.

Here is the list of lowest 72-hole totals ever in this major:

  • 264 — Brooks Koepka (69-63-66-66, 16 under) in 2018
  • 265 — David Toms (66-65-65-69, 15 under) in 2001
  • 266 — Phil Mickelson (66-66-66-68, 14 under) in 2001
  • 266 — Jimmy Walker (65-66-68-67, 14 under) in 2016
  • 266 — Tiger Woods (70-66-66-64, 14 under) in 2018
  • 267 — Steve Elkington (68-67-68-64, 17 under) in 1995
  • 267 — Colin Montgomerie (68-67-67-65, 17 under) in 1995
  • 267 — Jason Day (68-65-67-67, 13 under) in 2016
  • 267 — Adam Scott (70-65-65-67, 13 under) in 2018
Note that of the players above, only Koepka, Toms, Walker, Elkington and Day won the tournament. Mickelson, Woods, Montgomerie and Scott were hard-luck losers.

72 Holes in Relation to Par

The record-low PGA Championship winning score in relation to par was established by Jason Day in 2015 when he won at 20-under.

  • 20-under — Jason Day (68-67-66-67—268) in 2015
  • 18-under — Tiger Woods (66-67-70-67—270) in 2000
  • 18-under — Bob May (72-66-66-66—270) in 2000
  • 18-under — Tiger Woods (69-68-65-68—270) in 2006
  • 17-under — Steve Elkington (68-67-68-64—267) in 1995
  • 17-under — Colin Montgomerie (68-67-67-65—267) in 1995
  • 17-under — Jordan Spieth (71-67-65-68—271) in 2015
  • 16-under — Rory McIlroy (66-67-67-68—268) in 2014
  • 16-under — Brooks Koepka (69-63-66-66—264) in 2018

18-Hole Scoring Record

What about the lowest round ever in the PGA Championship? That record is 63, and it is shared by many. In fact, more golfers have carded a 63 in the PGA Championship than in any of the other majors. Here is the list:

  • 63 — Bruce Crampton (31-32, 7-under), second round, 1975
  • 63 — Raymond Floyd (33-30, 7-under), first round, 1982
  • 63 — Gary Player (30-33, 9-under), second round, 1984
  • 63 — Vijay Singh (32-31, 8-under), second round, 1993
  • 63 — Michael Bradley (30-33, 8-under), first round, 1993
  • 63 — Brad Faxon (28-35, 8-under), final round, 1995
  • 63 — Jose Maria Olazabal (32-31, 9-under), third round, 2000
  • 63 — Mark O’Meara (32-31, 7-under), second round, 2001
  • 63 — Thomas Bjorn (32-31, 7-under), third round, 2005
  • 63 — Tiger Woods (32-31, 7-under), second round, 2007
  • 63 — Steve Stricker (33-30, 7-under), first round, 2011
  • 63 — Jason Dufner (31-32, 7-under), second round, 2013
  • 63 — Hiroshi Iwata (34-29, 9-under), second round, 2015
  • 63 — Robert Streb (30-33, 9-under), second round, 2016
  • 63 — Brooks Koepka (31-32, 9-under), second round, 2018
  • 63 — Charl Schwartzel (32-31, 7-under), second round, 2018
  • 63 — Brooks Koepka (31-32, 7-under), first round, 2019
Two things to note about the above: First, so far, only Koepka has posted more than one 63 in PGA Championships. Second, only Faxon's 63 in 1995 happened in the final round.

9-Hole Scoring Record

These are the only sub-30 nines yet posted in the PGA Championship:

  • 28 — Brad Faxon, front side, final round, 1995
  • 29 — Fred Couples, back nine, first round, 1982
  • 29 — Gibby Gilbert, front nine, second round, 1983
  • 29 — John Adams, front nine, first round, 1995
  • 29 — Hiroshi Iwata, back nine, second round, 2015

Photo credit: Brooks Koepka via instagram.com/bkoepka/

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