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PGA Championship records

PGA Championship records: A major broken into numbers

We have broken down the PGA Championship into numbers and picked out the best statistics of one of golf’s big four events…

 

It is a major championship week we have looked forward to since its inception in 1916.

From the match play era to the stroke play era of today, the PGA Championship is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the PGA Tour calendar.

We’ve decided to look back on the statistics and numbers. Who has the most Wanamaker trophies? Who shot the lowest score? Who’s the oldest-ever winner? And the youngest too!

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Most wins

5 – Walter Hagen 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927
5 – Jack Nicklaus 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980
4 – Tiger Woods 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007
3 – Gene Sarazen 1922, 1923, 1933
3 – Sam Snead 1942, 1949, 1951
3 – Brooks Koepka 2018, 2019, 2023

Lowest winning total

264, Brooks Koepka – 2018 PGA Championship, Bellerive

Highest winning total

282, Phil Mickelson – 2021
281, Jay Herbert – 1960
281, Julius Boros – 1968
281, Gary Player – 1972
281, Dave Stockton – 1976

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Oldest winner

50 years, 11 months, 8 days – Phil Mickelson, 2021
48 years, 4 months, 18 days – Julius Boros, 1968
45 years, 3 months, 6 days – Jerry Barber, 1961
44 years, 8 months, 18 days – Lee Trevino, 1984 
41 years, 5 months, 21 days – Vijay Singh, 2004 
40 years, 6 months, 20 days – Jack Nicklaus, 1980 

Youngest Winners

20 Years, 5 months, 22 days – Gene Sarazen, 1922
20 years, 7 months, 17 days – Tom Creavy, 1931 
21 years, 7 months, 2 days – Gene Sarazen, 1923 
23 years, 3 months, 8 days – Rory McIlroy, 2012 
23 years, 6 months – Jack Nicklaus,1963
23 years, 6 months – Collin Morikawa, 2020 

Best 72-Hole Total Score

264 – Brooks Koepka (69-63-66-66) 2018 
265 – David Toms (66-65-65-69) 2001 
266 – Tiger Woods* (70-66-66-64) 2018 
266 – Jimmy Walker (65-66-68-67) 2016 
266 – Phil Mickelson (66-66-66-68) 2001 
267 – Collin Morikawa (69-69-65-64) 2020
267 – Adam Scott* (70-65-65-67) 2018
267 – Steve Elkington (68-67-68-64) 1995 
267 – Colin Montgomerie* (68-67-67-65) 1995
267 – Jason Day* (68-65-67-67) 2016 
268 – Steve Lowery (67-67-66-68) 2001 
268 – Rory Mcilroy (66-67-67-68) 2014 
268 – Jason Day (68-67-66-67) 2015 

*denotes no winner

Best 72-Hole Score in Relation to Par

20 under – Jason Day (68-67-66-67) 2015
18 under – Tiger Woods (66-67-70-67) 2000 
18 under – Tiger Woods (69-68-65-68) 2006 
18 under – Bob May* (72-66-66-66) 2000 
17 under – Steve Elkington (68-67-68-64) 1995
17 under – Colin Montgomerie* (68-67-67-65) 1995 
17 under – Jordan Spieth* (71-67-65-68) 2015 
16 under – Brooks Koepka (69-63-66-66) 2018 
16 under – Rory McIlroy (66-67-67-68) 2014
15 under – Lee Trevino (69-68-67-69) 1984 
15 under – Ernie Els* (66-65-66-72) 1995
15 under – Jeff Maggert* (66-69-65-69) 1995
15 under – David Toms (66-65-65-69) 2001 
15 under – Phil Mickelson* (69-67-67-66) 2014 
15 under – Branden Grace* (71-69-64-69) 2015 

*denotes non-winning score

Back-to-back wins

Tiger Woods – only golfer to have won the PGA Championship in back-to-back years
                             1999-2000 and 2006-2007.

Runners-up

Most Second-Place Finishes

4Jack Nicklaus 1964, 1965, 1974, 1983
3 Byron Nelson 1939, 1941, 1944
3Arnold Palmer 1964, 1968, 1970
3 Billy Casper 1958, 1965, 1971
3Lanny Watkins 1982, 1984, 1987
3Tiger Woods 2002, 2009, 2018

Lowest nine-hole score

28 – Brad Faxon 1995 
29 – Fred Couples 1982
29 – Gibby Gilbert 1983 
29 – John Adams 1995
29 – Hiroshi Iwata 2015

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