Consecutive Birdies in a Round: PGA Tour Record

What is the PGA Tour's all-time record for most consecutive birdies during a round in an official tournament? Nine birdies in a row is that record. Two golfers share the record.

Mark Calcavecchia was the first golfer to make nine consecutive birdies during a round on the PGA Tour. And Kevin Chappell was the second. Calcavecchia and Chappell are the only golfers so far to make nine in a row. Neither of them won the tournament in which their streak happened. But Chappell did make some other history: His birdie streak happened during a round of 59.

Longest Birdie Streaks on the PGA Tour

9 consecutive birdies

  • Mark Calcavecchia, 2009 RBC Canadian Open, second round. Scored 65 for the round, finished tournament tied for eighth place.
  • Kevin Chappell, 2020 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, second round. Scored 59 for the round, finished tournament tied for 47th place.

8 consecutive birdies

  • Bob Goalby, 1961 St. Petersburg Open Invitational, fourth round. Scored 65, won tournament.
  • Fuzzy Zoeller, 1976 Quad Cities Open, first round. Scored 62, finished second.
  • Dewey Arnette, 1987 Buick Open, first round. Scored 65, finished tied for 47th.
  • Edward Fryatt, 2000 Doral-Ryder Open, second round. Scored 62, tied for 10th place.
  • J.P. Hayes, 2002 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, first round. Scored 65, finished tied for 16th.
  • Jerry Kelly, 2003 Las Vegas Invitational, third round. Scored 65, tied for ninth place.
  • Chris Stroud, 2011 Mayakoba Golf Classic, second round. Scored 63, finished fourth.
  • Scott Piercy, 2011 Reno-Tahoe Open, third round. Scored 61, won tournament.
  • Adam Schenk, 2022 Farmers Insurance Open, second round. Scored 62, finished tied for 56th.
  • Nick Hardy, 2023 World Wide Technology Championship, fourth round. Scored 66, finished tied for 21st.
  • Beau Hossler, 2023 3M Open, fourth round. Scored 62, finished tied for 13th.
Bob Goalby was the first golfer to notch eight consecutive birdies during an official PGA Tour round. One could argue that Goalby's streak is the most-impressive one on the above list. First, it happened much earlier than the rest. Second, it happened during the final round of the tournament. Third, Goalby won the tournament.

Whose record did Goalby beat? When Goalby's 8-birdies-in-a-row streak happened in 1961, newspapers reported that three golfers were known to have had streaks of seven consecutive birdies in a PGA Tour event: Warren Smith in the 1954 Texas Open, Tommy Bolt in the 1955 San Diego Open, and Don Bisplinghoff in the 1961 Pensacola Open. It took 48 years after Goalby's streak for anyone to beat it — Calcavecchia in 2009.

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