PGA Championship Records: Tournaments Bests

Jack Nicklaus tees off during the 1965 PGA Championship
Jack Nicklaus (teeing in 1965) holds quite a few PGA Championship records. Robert Riger/Getty Images

Here are various tournament records for the PGA Championship, one of the four major championships in men's golf:

Most PGA Championship 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)

Most Second-Place Finishes
4 - Jack Nicklaus
3 - Byron Nelson
3 - Arnold Palmer
3 - Billy Casper
3 - Lanny Wadkins

Most Cuts Made (stroke play only)
27 - Jack Nicklaus
27 - Raymond Floyd
25 - Tom Watson
24 - Hale Irwin
24 - Arnold Palmer
23 - Jay Haas
23 - Tom Kite
23 - Phil Mickelson

Most Starts in the Tournament
38 - Sam Snead
37 - Jack Nicklaus
37 - Arnold Palmer
34 - Tom Watson
31 - Raymond Floyd
31 - Gene Sarazen
29 - Denny Shute
29 - Davis Love III
28 - Vic Ghezzi
28 - Jay Haas
28 - Tom Kite
28 - Lanny Wadkins

Most Top 3 Finishes (stroke play only)
12 - Jack Nicklaus
6 - Tiger Woods
5 - Gary Player
5 - Lanny Wadkins
4 - Rory McIlroy
4 - Phil Mickelson
4 - Billy Casper
4 - Steve Elkington

Most Top 5 Finishes (stroke play only)
14 - Jack Nicklaus
7 - Tiger Woods
6 - Billy Casper
6 - Gary Player
5 - Steve Elkington
5 - Nick Price
5 - Greg Norman
5 - Lanny Wadkins

Most Top 10 Finishes (stroke play only)
15 - Jack Nicklaus
10 - Tom Watson
9 - Phil Mickelson
8 - Billy Casper
8 - Raymond Floyd
8 - Gary Player
8 - Sam Snead
8 - Tiger Woods

Most Top 25 Finishes (stroke play only)
23 - Jack Nicklaus
18 - Tom Watson
17 - Raymond Floyd
14 - Phil Mickelson
13 - Arnold Palmer
13 - Billy Casper
12 - Ernie Els
12 - Don January
12 - Tom Kite
12 - Greg Norman
12 - Gary Player
12 - Lee Trevino

Oldest Winners
Julius Boros (48 years, 4 months, 18 days), 1968
Jerry Barber (45 years, 3 months, 6 days), 1961
Lee Trevino (44 years, 8 months, 18 days), 1984
Vijay Singh (41 years, 5 months, 21 days), 2004
Jack Nicklaus (40 years, 6 months, 20 days), 1980

Youngest Winners
Gene Sarazen (20 Years, 5 months, 22 days), 1922
Tom Creavy (20 years, 7 months, 17 days), 1931
Gene Sarazen (21 years, 7 months, 2 days), 1923
Rory McIlroy (23 years, 3 months, 8 days), 2012
Jack Nicklaus (23 years, 6 months), 1963
Tiger Woods (23 years, 7 months), 1999

Best 72-Hole Total Score
265 - David Toms (66-65-65-69) in 2001
266 - Jimmy Walker (65-66-68-67) in 2016
266 - Phil Mickelson (66-66-66-68) in 2001
267 - Steve Elkington (68-67-68-64) in 1995
267 - Colin Montgomerie (68-67-67-65) in 1995
267 - Jason Day (68-65-67-67) in 2016
268 - Steve Lowery (67-67-66-68) in 2001
268 - Rory McIlroy (66-67-67-68) in 2014
268 - Jason Day (68-67-66-67) in 2015
269 - Nick Price (67-65-70-67) in 1994
269 - Ernie Els (66-65-66-72) in 1995
269 - Jeff Maggert (66-69-65-69) in 1995
269 - Davis Love III (66-71-66-66) in 1997
269 - Phil Mickelson (69-67-67-66) in 2014

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) in 2000 and (69-68-65-68) in 2006
18 under - Bob May (72-66-66-66), 2000
17 under - Steve Elkington (68-67-68-64) in 1995
17 under - Colin Montgomerie (68-67-67-65) in 1995
17 under - Jordan Spieth (71-67-65-68), 2015
16 under - Rory McIlroy (66-67-67-68) in 2014
15 under - Lee Trevino (69-68-67-69) in 1984
15 under - Ernie Els (66-65-66-72) in 1995
15 under - Jeff Maggert (66-69-65-69) in 1995
15 under - David Toms (66-65-65-69) in 2001
15 under - Phil Mickelson (69-67-67-66) in 2014
15 under - Branden Grace (71-69-64-69), 2015

Best Final Score by a Non-Winner
266 - Phil Mickelson (66-66-66-68) in 2001
267 - Colin Montgomerie (68-67-67-65) in 1995
267 - Jason Day (68-65-67-67) in 2016

Highest Final Score by Winner
287 - Larry Nelson (70-72-73-72) in 1987
282 - Lanny Wadkins (69-71-72-70) in 1977
282 - Wayne Grady (72-67-72-71) in 1990

Lowest Round
63 - Bruce Crampton (31-32) second round, 1975
63 - Raymond Floyd (33-30) first round, 1982
63 - Gary Player (30-33) second round, 1984
63 - Michael Bradley (30-33), first round, 1993
63 - Vijay Singh (32-31) second round, 1993
63 - Brad Faxon (28-35) final round, 1995
63 - Jose Maria Olazabal (32-31) third round, 2000
63 - Mark O'Meara (32-31), second round, 2001
63 - Thomas Bjorn (32-31), third round, 2005
63 - Tiger Woods (32-31), second round, 2007
63 - Steve Stricker (33-30), first round, 2011
63 - Jason Dufner (31-32), second round, 2013
63 - Hiroshi Iwata (34-29), second round, 2015
63 - Robert Streb (30-33), second round, 2016

Lowest 9-Hole Score
28 - Brad Faxon, final round, front nine, 1995
29 - Fred Couples, first round, back nine, 1982
29 - Gibby Gilbert, second round, front nine, 1983
29 - John Adams, first round, front nine, 1995
29 - Hiroshi Iwata, second round, back nine, 2015

Largest Margin of Victory
8 shots - Rory McIlroy, 2012
7 shots - Jack Nicklaus, 1980

Largest 54-Hole Lead
5 shots - Raymond Floyd, 1969
5 shots - Tom Watson, 1978
5 shots - Raymond Floyd, 1982

Largest Final-Round Comeback by Winner
7 shots - John Mahaffey, 1978
6 shots - Bob Rosburg, 1959
6 shots - Lanny Wadkins, 1977
6 shots - Payne Stewart, 1989
6 shots - Steve Elkington, 1995

Lowest Career Scoring Average (Min. 50 Rounds)
70.50 - Tiger Woods with 66 rounds
70.80 - Phil Mickelson with 94 rounds
71.03 - Steve Stricker with 66 rounds
71.20 - Adam Scott with 56 rounds
71.23 - Jim Furyk with 82 rounds
71.23 - Ernie Els with 86 rounds
71.34 - Steve Elkington with 65 rounds
71.37 - Jack Nicklaus with 128 rounds
71.45 - Sergio Garcia with 56 rounds
71.46 - Nick Price with 72 rounds

Most Rounds in the 60s
41 - Jack Nicklaus
35 - Phil Mickelson
28 - Jay Haas
27 - Tom Watson
24 - Ernie Els
24 - Raymond Floyd
24 - Jim Furyk
24 - Steve Stricker
24 - Tiger Woods
23 - Vijay Singh