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10 PGA Championship Records You Should Know

The 98th PGA Championship begins this Thursday at the Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey. Traditionally held in early August, the PGA Championship has been moved up by two weeks to accommodate golf’s return to the Olympics.

Here are 10 PGA Championship records you may find interesting.

1. The Youngest Winner

 
Gene Sarazen won his first PGA Championship in 1922 at the Oakmont Country Club. He was just 20 years, 5 months and 22 days old on the day of his victory.

2. The Oldest Winner

 
Julios Boros is not only the oldest winner of the PGA Championship but also the oldest winner of any Major. He was 48 years, 4 months and 18 days old when he won at the Pecan Valley Golf Club in 1968.

3. Most Wins

 
Both Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen have five victories at the PGA Championship, and hold the record for the most wins at this event. All of Nicklaus’ wins came in the Stroke Play format, while all of Hagen’s wins came in the Match Play format (stroke play became format in 1958). Nicklaus’ five wins came in ’63, ’71, ’73, ’75 and ’80. Hagen’s wins came in ’21, ’24, ’25, ’26 and ’27.

4. Highest Margin – Stroke Play

 
Rory McIlroy’s second Major victory came in 2012 at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, and was quite a blowout. His 8-shot win is the highest margin of victory at the PGA championship.

5. Highest Margin – Match Play

 
Often regarded as the greatest short game player of all time, Paul Runyan holds the record for the highest margin of the victory in the Match Play format. In 1938, he beat the great Sam Snead 8 & 7 in the finals at the Shawnee Country Club.

6. Lowest Winning Score – Aggregate

 
David Toms won the 2001 PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club with a winning score of 265 (-15). He holds the record for the lowest aggregate score at this major. Up until last Sunday, Toms’ score of 265 was also the lowest aggregate score at any of the major championships, until Henrik Stenson (264) broke it at Royal Troon.

7. Lowest Winning Score – Against Par

 
Jason Day holds the record for the lowest score in relation to par at the PGA Championship. Last year he won by shooting 20-under par (268) at Whistling Straits. His score is still the lowest score in relation to par at any of the majors, but is now tied with Stenson’s score (-20) set last week at the British Open.

8. Best 18-Hole Scores

 
13 players have shot 63s at the PGA Championship.
63 (7 under) by Bruce Crampton, second round, 1975
63 (7 under) by Raymond Floyd, first round, 1982
63 (9 under) by Gary Player, second round, 1984
63 (8 under) by Vijay Singh, second round, 1993
63 (8 under) by Michael Bradley, first round, 1993
63 (8 under) by Brad Faxon, final round, 1995
63 (9 under) by Jose Maria Olazabal, third round, 2000
63 (7 under) by Mark O’Meara, second round, 2001
63 (7 under) by Thomas Bjorn, third round, 2005
63 (7 under) by Tiger Woods, second round, 2007
63 (7 under) by Steve Stricker, first round, 2011
63 (7 under) by Jason Dufner, second round, 2013
63 (9 under) by Hiroshi Iwata, second round, 2015

9. Career Scoring Averages

 
The biggest names in golf, all have really low scoring averages at this championship.
a. Minimum 20 Rounds
Rory McIlroy – 69.75
Jason Day – 69.90
b. Minimum 50 Rounds
Tiger Woods – 70.50
Steve Stricker – 71.13
c. Minimum 75 Rounds
Phil Mickelson – 70.87
Jim Furyk – 71.24
d. Minimum 100 Rounds
Jack Nicklaus – 71.37
Tom Watson – 71.73

10. Winning the PGA Championship in Debut

 
8 players have won the PGA Championship on their debut.
Jim Barnes in 1916
Tom Creavy in 1931
Bob Hamilton in 1944
Doug Ford in 1955
Bob Tway in 1986
John Daly in 1991
Shaun Micheel in 2003
Keegan Bradley in 2011

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Saurav Ghosh

Saurav is Pro Golf Weekly's Statistics Content Editor.

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