Lowest 9-Hole Scores in the PGA Championship

What is the lowest score for a front nine or a back nine during the PGA Championship? Since 9-hole scoring has been tracked in this major, only seven golfers have broken 30 for one nine during PGA Championship play. But only one of those scored a 28.

These are the lowest 9-hole (front nine or back nine) scores recorded in the PGA Championshp (note that the PGA of America has 9-hole stats only since 1982):

  • 28 — Brad Faxon, 1995, fourth round, front nine at Riviera Country Club
  • 29 — Fred Couples, 1982, first round, back nine at Southern Hills Country Club
  • 29 — Gibby Gilbert, 1982, second round, front nine at Riviera Country Club
  • 29 — John Adams, 1995, first round, front nine at Riviera Country Club
  • 29 — Justin Rose, 2013, second round, back nine at Oak Hill Country Club
  • 29 — Hiroshi Iwata, 2015, second round, back nine at Whistling Straits
  • 29 — Kevin Kisner, 2018, second round, front nine at Bellerive Country Club
  • 29 — Shane Lowry, 2024, third round, front nine at Valhalla Golf Club
The 28 by the record-holder Brad Faxon in 1995 PGA Championship was part of a final round of 63 for Faxon. That tied this major's 18-hole scoring record. Faxon was the first golfer to score 28 for nine in a PGA Championship, and the sixth golfer to score 63.

That those scores happened in the final round made them even more impressive. Faxon moved up to finish in solo fifth place that year. And that final-day surge also earned Faxon the points that netted him his first Ryder Cup appearance.

The best finish by any of the golfers on the above list was Fred Couples' tie for third place in the 1982 PGA Championship. He finished four strokes behind the winner, Raymond Floyd.

Kevin Kisner tied for 12th place, which was the only other Top 20 finish by any of the golfers who made the list.

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PGA of America. PGA Championship Media Guide 2024.

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