All-Time Best 18-Hole Scores on PGA Tour: All the Sub-60 Rounds

PGA Tour Record: Lowest 18-Hole Score

Jim Furyk celebrates after shooting a record setting 58 during the final round of the 2016 Travelers Championship
That's right, Jim Furyk, you celebrate that 58 - it's the lowest round in PGA Tour history. Steven Ryan/Getty Images

The record for the lowest 18-hole score in an official PGA Tour round is 58, and in the long history of the tour there have been nine rounds with scores below 60. Here's a look at the record-low score of 58, and, in addition, all the golfers who've shot 59 on the PGA Tour.

The Lowest Score in PGA Tour History is 58

  • 58 - Jim Furyk, final round, 2016 Travelers Championship (27-31), TPC River Highlands (par 70)

On Aug. 7, 2016, Furyk became the first - and so far only - golfer in PGA Tour history with a round of 58 in a tour event. That was a 12-under score at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut, a golf course that was set up at just over 6,800 yards and a par of 70 for the Travelers Championship.

Furyk actually had a putt for a 57 on the final green, which he just ran past the hole. Furyk had 10 birdies and an eagle during the round, plus seven pars. Read more about Furyk's 58.

Note that Furyk's name appears below, too, among those golfers with 59 during a PGA Tour event. He is the only golfer with two sub-60 rounds in Tour history.

All the 59s in PGA Tour History

An 18-hole score of 59 has been posted six times in tour history. Here are the golfers who've shot 59 in a PGA Tour event:

  • Al Geiberger: 1977 Memphis Classic (29-30), Colonial Country Club (par 72). Geiberger was the first to shoot 59 on the PGA Tour, and it happened in the second round. He went on to win the tournament, but his other three rounds were 72, 72 and 70. He is the only golfer in the modern era of the PGA Tour to win a tournament (outside of the majors) without a round in the 60s.
  • Chip Beck: 1991 Las Vegas Invitational (30-29), Sunrise Golf Club (par 72). Beck's 59 happened in the third round. He finished tied for third place.
  • David Duval: 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (31-28), PGA West (Palmer Course) (par 72). Duval's 59 was in the final round, and it included an eagle on the final hole. After beginning the final round seven shots off the lead, Duval's 59 and final-hole eagle gave him a 1-stroke victory.
  • Paul Goydos: 2010 John Deere Classic (31-28), TPC Deere Run (par 71). Goydos' 59 happened in the second round, and he finished the tournament tied for second place.
  • Stuart Appleby: 2010 Greenbrier Classic (28-31), The Old White Course (par 70). Appleby's 59 happened in the final round and he won the tournament by one stroke.
  • Jim Furyk: 2013 BMW Championship (31-28), Conway Farms Golf Club (par-71). Furyk's 59 came in the second round. He finished in third place.
  • Justin Thomas: 2017 Sony Open (30-29), Waialae Country Club (par 70). Thomas' 59 happened in the first round, one week after his victory at the SBS Tournament of Champions. Thomas earned the 59 by scoring an eagle on the last hole.
  • Adam Hadwin: 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge (29-30), LaQuinta Country Club (par 72). Hadwin's 59 happened in the third round.

Geiberger, Duval, Appleby and Thomas won the tournaments in which they shot 59; Beck, Goydos, Furyk and Hadwin did not. Thomas, in fact, went on to post the lowest 72-hole score in tour history.

Geiberger and Goydos shot their 59s under lift, clean and place conditions.

Geiberger, Beck, Duval and Hadwin's 59s were 13-under par scores; Goydos and Furyk were 12-under par; Appleby and Thomas were 11-under par.

The First 59 In PGA Tour History

As we've seen, the first golfer to shoot 59 in a PGA Tour tournament was Al Geiberger during the second round of the 1977 Memphis Classic (what today is known as the FedEx St. Jude Classic) at Colonial Country Club in Tennessee.

Geiberger posted that score on June 10, 1977. How did he do it? He hit 14 out of 14 fairways and 18 out of 18 greens - ballstriking perfection. But it takes more than that to shoot a 59; you also have to make a lot of putts. And Geiberger certainly did that, too: He had 23 putts total, a number that included quite a few mid-range birdie and par putts. He also holed out for an eagle from off the green on one hole.

Even with lift, clean and place in effect, Geiberger's round was very surprising to his fellow competitors because Colonial Country Club was a very long course for that time (over 7,200 yards) and had bermudagrass greens, which can lead to "bounciness" in putts.

While preferred lies were in place that day, Geiberger told Golf Digest in 2012 that he had no recollection of ever improving his lie during the round.

And Geiberger closed out the round in style, birdying the 17th and 18th holes to record the first-ever 59 in PGA Tour history. The lowest other score shot during the same round as Geiberger's 59 was a 65 by Raymond Floyd.

Whose Record Did Geiberger Break?

When Geiberger set the new PGA Tour scoring record in 1977, whose record did he break? At that time, seven golfers shared the 18-hole tour record of 60.

The first golfer who shot 60 on the PGA Tour was Al Brosch at the 1951 Texas Open. And the most-recent, prior to Geiberger's 59, was Sam Snead's 60 at the 1957 Dallas Open. In between Brosch and Snead, Bill Nary, Ted Kroll, Wally Ulrich, Tommy Bolt and Mike Souchak had also recorded 60s, so they all shared the record that Geiberger broke.

Note that it was 26 years from the time of Brosch's 60 until Geiberger set a new PGA Tour scoring record in 1977. It's been far longer than that since Geiberger's 59 and that record still stands, although multiple golfers have tied it.

Has Anyone Anywhere Shot Lower Than 58?

Yes! But not on the PGA Tour. For the all-time lowest 18-hole golf scores, see:

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