Lowest Winning Scores in Women's PGA Championship

What is the 72-hole scoring record in the Women's PGA Championship? The lowest winning score in this major championship of women's professional golf is 266, and the currect record was set in 2020.

The record-holder is Sei Young Kim, who won that 2020 Women's PGA Championship. It was played at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania, where Kim's 266 was 14-under par.

The List: Lowest Scores to Win the Women's PGA

  • 266 — Sei Young Kim (14-under), 2020, at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
  • 267 — Betsy King (17-under), 1992, at Bethesda Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 268 — Juli Inkster (16-under), 1999, at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 269 — Cristie Kerr (19-under), 2010, at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York
  • 269 — Yani Tseng (19-under), 2011, at Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York
  • 269 — Nelly Korda ((19-under), 2021, at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Georgia
  • 270 — Karrie Webb (14-under), 2001, at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware
Kim opened the 2020 tournament with a 71. In the second round, a 65 moved her into the lead. A 67 in Round 3 pushed her lead to two strokes. And in the final round, Kim carded a 63 to win by five strokes. That 63 also tied the tournament's 18-hole record, and, by two strokes, was the lowest final-round score ever by a winner of the Women's PGA Championship.

Kim lowered the record by one stroke, beating the score of 267 that Betsy King won with in 1992.

Progression of Women's PGA Championship 72-Hole Record

The Women's PGA Championship was first played in 1955. (It was named the LPGA Championship from 1955-2014.) The first one used a match-play format. This is how the record for lowest winning score has progressed since the first stroke-play tournament in 1956:

291 — Marlene Hagge and Patty Berg, 1956
285 — Louise Suggs, 1957
282 — Judy Kimball, 1962
278 — Mary Mills, 1964
275 — Nancy Lopez, 1978
272 — Patty Sheehan, 1984
267 — Betsy King, 1992
266 — Sei Young Kim, 2020

Related articles:

Associated Press. "Patty, Marlene tie up LPGA," Daytona Beach Morning Journal, June 24, 1956, https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=gZwoAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fMsEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1534%2C3070749
Associated Press. "Sei Young Kim fires 63 to seal KPMG Women's PGA, first major win," espn.com, Oct. 11, 2020, https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/page/kpmgchamp-October112020/sei-young-kim-fires-63-seal-kpmg-women-pga-first-major-win
PGA of America. KPMG Women's PGA Championship Media Guide, 2024.

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