Lowest Winning Scores in Men's Golf Major Championships

PGA Tour Records: Low Stroke Total in Major

Henrik Stenson of Sweden celebrates a birdie putt on the 10th during the final round on day four of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon
Henrik Stenson during the 2016 British Open, where he set the all-time major championship scoring record. Stuart Franklin/Getty Image

This record concerns the lowest aggregate score (fewest strokes over 72 holes) in men's major championships. Six of the seven lowest totals came in just three events. We'll start with the current record-holder, then show the list of nine lowest scores, and then the list of lowest scores by major.

Current Record for Lowest Winning Score is 264

The lowest score yet posted for 72 holes in one of the majors of men's golf is 264, and it was set by Henrik Stenson at the 2016 British Open.

Stenson's scores in each round were 68, 65, 68 and 63. Stenson tied the record for lowest 18-holes in a major with that final-round 63, and he capped off his two records (18 holes, 72 holes) and the victory with a final-hole birdie.

Overall Lowest 72-Hole Stroke Totals in Majors

  • 264 - Henrik Stenson, 2016 British Open
  • 265 - David Toms, 2001 PGA Championship
  • 266 - Phil Mickelson, 2001 PGA Championship
  • 266 - Jimmy Walker, 2016 PGA Championship
  • 267 - Steve Elkington, 1995 PGA Championship
  • 267 - Colin Montgomerie, 1995 PGA Championship
  • 267 - Greg Norman, 1993 British Open
  • 267 - Phil Mickelson, 2016 British Open
  • 267 - Jason Day, 2016 PGA Championship

Pity poor Mickelson, Montgomerie and Day, who make this list yet didn't even win the tournaments! Mickelson finished a stroke back of Toms when Toms established the record. And then, 15 years later, Mickelson finished three behind Stenson when Stenson set the new record.

Monty lost to Elkington in a playoff. And Day finished one behind Walker at the 2016 PGA.

Record Low Winning Totals By Major

Here are the records for lowest total scores in each of the four majors:

  • Masters: 270, Tiger Woods, 1997; and Jordan Spieth, 2015
  • U.S. Open: 268, Rory McIlroy, 2011
  • British Open: 264, Henrik Stenson, 2016
  • PGA Championship: 265, David Toms, 2001