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. See the full list of lowest 72-hole scores at the PGA Championship (and that article also includes the evolution of the tournament scoring record).

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. It first happened in 1975. See the list of golfers who share the 18-hole record in the PGA Championship.

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

More Scoring Records at the PGA Championship

  • Highest winning score: 287, Larry Nelson, 1987
  • Best score first three rounds: 196, David Toms (66-65-65), 2001
  • Best score last three rounds: 195, Brooks Koepka (63-66-66), 2018
  • Best score first two rounds: 128, Brooks Koepka (63-65), 2019
  • Best score last two rounds: 129, Collin Morikawa (65-64), 2020
  • Lowest final-round score by winner: 64, Steve Elkington, 1995; Collin Morikawa, 2020
  • Highest final-round score by winner: 76, Vijay Singh, 2004
  • Most sub-par rounds for tournament career: 53, Jack Nicklaus
  • Most rounds in 60s for career: 41, Jack Nicklaus
  • Most rounds of 65 or better for career: 4, Adam Scott
Photo credit: Brooks Koepka via instagram.com/bkoepka/

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