18-Hole Scoring Record at the PGA Championship

Who has scored the lowest round in PGA Championship? Lots of guys, it turns out. The 18-hole scoring record in this major championship of men's golf is 63, and there are almost 20 golfers now who share it — even though it was first posted nearly 50 years ago.

The List: Lowest Rounds in the PGA Championship

These are listed in chronological order, from the first 63 to the most recent:
  • 63 — Bruce Crampton (31-32), second round, 1975 (7 under)
  • 63 — Raymond Floyd (33-30), first round, 1982 (7 under)
  • 63 — Gary Player (30-33), second round, 1984 (9 under)
  • 63 — Vijay Singh (32-31), second round, 1993 (8 under)
  • 63 — Michael Bradley (30-33), first round, 1995 (8 under)
  • 63 — Brad Faxon (28-35), final round, 1995 (8 under)
  • 63 — Jose Maria Olazabal (32-31), third round, 2000 (9 under)
  • 63 — Mark O’Meara (32-31), second round, 2001 (7 under)
  • 63 — Thomas Bjorn (32-31), third round, 2005 (7 under)
  • 63 — Tiger Woods (32-31), second round, 2007 (7 under)
  • 63 — Steve Stricker (33-30), first round, 2011 (7 under)
  • 63 — Jason Dufner (31-32), second round, 2013 (7 under)
  • 63 — Hiroshi Iwata (34-29), second round, 2015 (9 under)
  • 63 — Robert Streb (30-33), second round, 2016 (9 under)
  • 63 — Brooks Koepka (31-32), second round, 2018 (9 under)
  • 63 — Charl Schwartzel (32-31), second round, 2018 (7 under)
  • 63 — Brooks Koepka (31-32), first round, 2019 (7 under)

That's a lot of 63s. But, so far, only one golfer has recorded more than one 63 in the PGA Championship: Brooks Koepka, who had 63s in both his 2018 and 2019 victories. The only 63 so far that happened in the final round was Brad Faxon's in 1995.

Most of the 63s above were carded on golf courses that were par-70 or par-71. But several were recorded on par-72 courses, and those rounds share the tournament record for most strokes under par for 18 holes: Gary Player in 1984, Jose Maria Olazabal in 2000, Hiroshi Iwata in 2015, Robert Streb in 2016, plus Koepka in 2018.

The earliest 63, as shown above, was Bruce Crampton's in the 1975 PGA Championship. Whose record did Crampton break? There had been multiple rounds of 64 in tournament history by 1975. But the first 64 ever in the tournament was scored by Bobby Nichols in the first round of the 1964 PGA Championship.

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