What is the lowest single round in men’s major championship golf?

What is the lowest single round in men's major championship golf? For the best part of four-and-a-half decades, the record for the lowest single round in men’s major championship was 63, set by American Johnny Miller in the final round of the US Open at Oakmont Country Club in 1973. In a remarkable display of ball striking, on one of the toughest golf courses in the world, Miller birdied the first four holes, three-putted the par-3 eighth hole for bogey and made five further birdies on the back nine for his eight-under-par total. In so doing, he made up a six-shot deficit on the overnight leaders, which included compatriot Arnold Palmer, to win by a single shot.

Over the years, many other players shot 63 in a major championship, but 62 remained elusive. That was, of course, until July 21, 2017, when South African Branden Grace finally achieved the feat in the third round of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Having made the cut by a single shot, on four over par, Grace birdied the opening hole, followed by the fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth, to make the turn in a five-under-par total of 29. He made further birdies on the fourteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth and, with no bogeys on his card, came home in a three-under-par total of 33, for a record-breaking eight-under-par aggregate of 62. Despite his heroics in the third round, there was to be no fairytale ending for Grace; in the fourth and final round, he shot a level-par 70 to finish tied sixth, eight strokes behind wire-to-wire winner, Jordan Spieth.

Which professional golfer has played the most tournaments without winning?

Which professional golfer has played the most tournaments without winning? The PGA Tour is arguably the most important, and definitely the most lucrative, golf tour in the world. Week in, week out, between 120 and 156 of the best golfers on the planet tee it up in PGA Tour events, but only one can win. Winning on the PGA Tour remains notoriously difficult; some golfers play their entire career without ever doing so.

At the last count, the record for the most PGA Tour events without a win is held by Massachusetts-born Brett Quigley. Quigley, 49, is ranked number 2,066 in the world, according to Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) and currently plays on the developmental Web.com Tour, formerly the Nationwide Tour. Formerly U.S. Junior Amateur Champion, Quigley turned professional in 1991 and has two victories on the second tier tour – namely the Philadelphia Classic, in 1996, and the Arkansas Classic, in 2001 – to his name. However, on the main tour, Quigley has made a total of 407 starts and never finished better than second.

Of course, Quigley is not the only golfer to have made, quite literally, hundreds of starts on the PGA Tour without winning. Florida-born Michael Jancey ‘Briny’ Baird, for example, played 379 events on the PGA Tour, earning over $13 million, but the closest he ever came to winning was when losing a playoff, on the sixth extra hole, to Bryce Molder in the Frys.com Open, now the Safeway Open, in 2011. Baird hasn’t played a PGA Tour since 2014 and has since been surpassed as the highest money-winner never to win a tournament by Englishman Brian Davis, who has played 346 events.

What is the longest drive ever recorded?

What is the longest drive ever recorded? Officially – that is, according to Guinness World Records – the longest drive ever recorded in competitive golf was 515 yards, achieved by the late Michael Hoke  ‘Mike’ Austin during a qualifying tournament for the U.S. Senior National Open at Winterwood Golf Course, Las Vegas in 1974. Using an old-fashioned persimmon driver, Austin achieved a carry of over 400 yards and when his ball came to rest it was some 65 yards past the flagstick on the par-4 fifth hole.

However, unofficially, the longest drive ever recorded was an eye-watering 787 yards, achieved by Carl Hooper in the Texas Open at Oak Hills Country Club, San Antonio in 1992. Hooper used a metal driver, but a rudimentary model. Nevertheless, his tee shot on the par-4 third hole landed on a concrete cart path and began a protracted journey to a spot behind the twelfth green, some 300 yards beyond his intended target. The general consensus was that the ball had travelled at least 750 yards from the third tee and his caddy worked out the yardage as 787 yards.

Has Tiger Woods won more ‘major’ golf championships than anyone else?

Has Tiger Woods won more ‘major’ golf championships than anyone else? The simple answer is no, he has not. Nevertheless, having completed his comeback from a debilitating back injury – which saw him plummet to #1,199 in the world golf rankings and put his career at risk – by winning the Masters Tournament in April, 2019, Tiger Woods remains head and shoulders above the current crop of golfers in terms of major titles won.

Notwithstanding the admirable Tom Watson, who turns 70 in 2019, yet continues to play competitive golf – albeit limited to a handful of appearances on the senior tour – Tiger Woods has ten more ‘major’ victories to his name than any other current player. His nearest rival in that respect is Phil Mickelson, who won his fifth major at the Open in 2013, but is five years Woods’ senior and, with all due respect, is running out of time to make up ground on his illustrious rival.

Indeed, Woods’ career total of 15 majors is second in the all-time list behind only Jack Nicklaus who, between 1962 and 1986 – when he won the Masters Tournament, for a record sixth time, at the age of 46 – amassed 18 Grand Slam wins. When he won his first major championship, the Masters Tournament in 1997, at the age of 21, Woods beat Nicklaus, by then a 57-year-old veteran, by 29 strokes, but over two decades later still has work to do to pass the ‘Golden Bear’ for most major golf championships won.

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