Lowest Winning Scores in the U.S. Open

Rory McIlroy shares two US Open records for low score
Which golfers hold the U.S. Open golf tournament records for lowest winning stroke total and most strokes under par? One golfer holds the first record and shares the second with one other.

In the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional, Rory McIlroy carded rounds of 65, 66, 68 and 69. That total of 268 is the lowest winning score in tournament history, and by three strokes.

McIlroy lowered the previous record of 272, first set by Jack Nicklaus in 1980 and later tied by several others.

And McIlroy's 268 was 16-under-par on the par-71 Blue Course at Congressional, which, at that time, lowered the previous record by four strokes.

But McIlroy has to share this record with Brooks Koepka. At the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Koepka tied McIlroy's record for most strokes under par in a U.S. Open, finishing at 16-under 272 on the par-72 course.

Here are the best marks in both categories:

Lowest Score, 72 Holes

  • 268 — Rory McIlroy (65-66-68-69), Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011
  • 271 — Martin Kaymer (65-65-72-69), Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2 Course), Village of Pinehurst, N.C., 2014
  • 272 — Jack Nicklaus (63-71-70-68), Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, N.J., 1980
  • 272 — Lee Janzen (67-67-69-69), Baltusrol Golf Club (Lower Course), Springfield, N.J., 1993
  • 272 — Tiger Woods (65-69-71-67), Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, 2000
  • 272 — Jim Furyk (67-66-67-72), Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club (North Course), 2003
  • 272 — Brooks Koepka (67-70-68-67), Erin Hills, Erin, Wis., 2017
Most Strokes Under Par, 72 Holes
  • 16-under — Rory McIlroy (268), Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011
  • 16-under — Brooks Koepka (272), Erin Hills, Erin, Wis., 2017
  • 12-under — Tiger Woods (272), Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, 2000
  • 9-under — Martin Kaymer (271), Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C., 2014

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