Worst Single-Hole Scores in Champions Tour History

Fred Funk has the highest score on a par 3 holes in Champions Tour history
What are the highest scores ever recorded in a Champions Tour tournament for a single hole? The all-time record is 16, shared by three golfers: Mason Rudolph, Terry Dill and Bruce Crampton.

Let's break it down by par-5s, par-4s and par3s. (Note that the tour, founded in 1980, has kept this record only since 1985.)

Highest Par-5 Hole Scores on the Champions Tour

  • 16 — Mason Rudolph, 1985 Greenbrier American Express Championship (The Greenbrier), No. 18, third round
  • 15 — John Murphy, 1985 Greenbrier American Express Championship (The Greenbrier), No. 18, third round
  • 15 — Joe Inman, 2005 Senior PGA Championship (Laurel Valley GC), No. 18, fourth round
Note that the scores of Rudolph and Murphy happened in the same tournament in the same round. Rudolph shot 83 and Murphy 82 in that round. Rudolph finished last in the tournament, Murphy next-to-last.

Highest Par-4 Hole Scores on the Champions Tour

  • 16 — Terry Dill, 1989 Ameritech Senior Open (Canterbury GC), No. 8, first round
  • 16 — Bruce Crampton, 1996 First of America Classic (Egypt Valley GC), No. 10, first round
Dill's 16 happened in a tournament that he won two years later. But in the 1989 event, during the first round, his 16 on the 382-yard par-4 included (as reported in the Chicago Tribune), "four penalty shots, one shot that hit a tree and ricocheted back to hit him in the chest, and a gash on his arm from hitting a tree on a follow-through."

As for Crampton, in the same tournament three years earlier he set tourney records for 18 holes (63) and the first 36 holes (132). But 1996 wasn't as kind to him. His drive went into the woods and he took five strokes to get out. It didn't get any better from there.

Highest Par-3 Hole Scores on the Champions Tour

  • 12 — Fred Funk, 2012 Boeing Classic (TPC Snoqualmie Ridge), No. 13, third round
  • 11 — Nick Locke, 1986 Senior PGA Championship (PGA National GC), No. 15, first round
  • 11 — Raymond Streeter, 1992 Senior PGA Championship (PGA National GC), No. 17, first round
  • 11 — Chi Chi Rodriguez, 1998 The Transamerica (Silverado CC), No. 5 first round
  • 11 — Leonard Thompson, 2000 Senior PGA Championship (PGA National GC), No. 15, third round

Photo credit: Fred Funk photo by Matt Muskovac/Wikimedia Commons/CC-by-SA-3.0 license

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