9-Hole Scoring Record on the Champions Tour

What is the lowest score for nine holes — the front nine or the back nine — in a Champions Tour round? That record score is 27 and it has, so far, only been recorded twice in Champions Tour history ... and not since 2002.

These are the two golfers who share the senior circuit's 9-hole scoring record of 27:

  • Jay Sigel, 1998 Bell Atlantic Classic, front nine, second round (9-under)
  • Seiji Ebihara, 2002 Senior PGA Championship, front nine, fourth round (8-under)
Sigel's achievement is extra-special because he went on to win the tournament. After opening with a 74, Sigel scored 62 in the second round, the one in which he became the first Champions Tour golfer to score 27 for nine holes. Then he closed with a 69 to finish at 11-under 205, and beat Jose Maria Canizares in a playoff.

In the 2002 Senior PGA Championship, Ebihara tied for 18th. His 27 on the front nine in the final round was nine strokes lower than he scored on any other nine during the tournament. His overall score in that round was 65.

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