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The Open Championship: Three-Way (and Four-Way) Playoffs

YEAR WINNER RUNNERS-UP COURSE
1. 1989 Mark Calcavecchia Wayne Grady Royal Troon
Greg Norman
2. 1999 Paul Lawrie Justin Leonard Carnoustie
Jean van de Velde
3. 2002 Ernie Els Stuart Appleby Muirfield
Steve Elkington
Thomas Levet
4. 2015 Zach Johnson Marc Leishman St Andrews
Louis Oosthuizen

PGA: Jason Dufner and the Lowest Rounds (63) in Golf Majors History

Jason Dufner Scored a 63 in the First Round of the 2013 PGA Championship

Jason Dufner Scored a 63 in the Second Round of the 2013 PGA Championship

Jason Dufner shot a 63 (-7) in the second round of the 2013 PGA Championship today. That’s the lowest score ever recorded for a single round in any of the four golf majors. It’s now happened 26 times: Masters (2), U.S. Open (4), The Open (8) and PGA Championship (12).

Bad news for Dufner, in a way. Fact is, if you score a round of 63 in a major, don’t expect to win it.  It’s a nifty trick, gets you in the record books and on the back pages, earns you eternal bragging rights and is a memory that lasts forever, but more often than not, the golfer who shoots a 63, doesn’t win the major.

Only five of the 26 golfers listed wound up winning the major (19 percent).

Why?

It could be pressure, especially if you shoot 63 in the first round. It could be hole placement – that day, and with a little luck, the course was setup perfectly for the golfer’s skill set. It could be the golfer just left it all out there on that day with little left in the tank. Or maybe he did it on the last day, but it wasn’t enough to catch up to the overall leader.

Then again, it could be just golf itself. It’s simply that type of game for most of us.

Greg Norman and Vijay Singh, by the way, are the only golfers to score 63 in a major round twice.

MASTERS YEAR SCORE (RD) COURSE FINAL (PLACE) WINNER
Nick Price 1986 -9 (3) Augusta National -6 (5) Jack Nicklaus (-9)
Greg Norman 1996 -9 (1) Augusta National -7 (2) Nick Faldo (-12)
           
U.S. OPEN YEAR SCORE (RD) COURSE FINAL (PLACE) WINNER
Johnny Miller* 1973 -8 (4) Oakmont -5 (1) Johnny Miller (-5)
Jack Nicklaus* 1980 -7 (1) Baltusrol -8 (1) Jack Nicklaus (-8)
Tom Weiskopf 1980 -7 (1) Baltusrol +9 (37) Jack Nicklaus (-8)
Vijay Singh 2003 -7 (2) Olympia Fields +3 (T20) Jim Furyk (-8)
           
THE OPEN YEAR SCORE (RD) COURSE FINAL (PLACE) WINNER
Mark Hayes 1977 -7 (2) Turnberry +4 (T9) Tom Watson (-12)
Isao Aoki 1980 -8 (3) Muirfield E (T12) Tom Watson (-13)
Greg Norman* 1986 -7 (2) Turnberry E (1) Greg Norman (E)
Paul Broadhurst 1990 -9 (3) St Andrews -8 (T12) Nick Faldo (-18)
Jodie Mudd 1991 -7 (4) Birkdale -3 (T5) Ian Baker-Finch (-8)
Nick Faldo 1993 -7 (2) Royal St. George’s -11 (2) Greg Norman (-13)
Payne Stewart 1993 -7 (4) Royal St. George’s -4 (12) Greg Norman (-13)
Rory McIlroy 2010 -9 (1) St Andrews -8 (T3) Louis Oosthuizen (-16)
           
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR SCORE (RD) COURSE FINAL (PLACE) WINNER
Bruce Crampton 1975 -7 (2) Firestone -2 (2) Jack Nicklaus (-4)
Raymond Floyd* 1982 -7 (1) Southern Hills -8 (1) Raymond Floyd (-8)
Gary Player 1984 -9 (2) Shoal Creek -11 (T2) Lee Trevino (-15)
Vijay Singh 1993 -8 (2) Inverness -10 (4) Paul Azinger (-12,E)**
Michael Bradley 1995 -8 (1) Riviera -1 (T54) Steve Elkington (-17, -1)^
Brad Faxon 1995 -8 (4) Riviera -13 (5) Steve Elkington (-17, -1)^
Jose Maria Olazabal 2000 -9 (3) Valhalla -12 (T4) Tiger Woods (-18, -1)^^
Mark O’Meara 2001 -7 (2) Atlanta Athletic Club -2 (T22) David Toms (-15)
Thomas Bjorn 2005 -7 (3) Baltusrol -3 (T2) Phil Mickelson (-4)
Tiger Woods* 2007 -7 (2) Southern Hills -8 (1) Tiger Woods (-8)
Steve Stricker 2011 -7 (1) Atlanta Athletic Club -1 (T12) Keegan Bradley (-8, -1)+
Jason Dufner 2013 -7 (2) Oak Hill  TBD TBD

* Won major

** over Greg Norman by one in sudden-death playoff (two holes)

^ over Colin Montgomerie by one in sudden-death playoff (one hole)

^^ over Bob May by one in three-hole playoff

+ over Jason Dufner by one in three-hole playoff

Thanks to Brent Kelley at about.com for reference data.

Photo: cbssports.com

PGA: Tiger Woods’ Career Open Championship Record and Results

Tiger Woods at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield

Tiger Woods at the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield

Slowly but surely Tiger Woods has been (subtly) clawing his way back into form. The bar is so high for Tiger, even after the scandal, that his actually solid recent majors play has not taken hold in the mainstream.

At the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, Woods is only three off the lead after the first round. He finished third (-3) last year at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

He’s also finished 4th at the Masters three of the last four years. He was 2nd at the 2009 PGA Championship just before going off the rails and 4th at the 2010 U.S. Open just after.

And in case you didn’t know, Woods is once again the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world.

For most other golfers, this would be pretty impressive, but nothing short of another major win (multiple wins even) will satisfy the masses (and Woods himself).

Time is running out, though, for Tiger. He’s 37, and not too many golfers won many majors after that age.

UPDATED July 21, 2013: Tiger Woods finished the 2013 Open Championship tied for sixth at +2. Original post above from July 18, 2013.

YEAR AGE FINISH TO PAR OPEN WINNER VENUE
1995 19 T68 +7 John Daly St Andrews
1996 20 T22 -3 Tom Lehman Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
1997 21 T24 E Justin Leonard Royal Troon Golf Club
1998 22 3 +1 Mark O’Meara Royal Birkdale Golf Club
1999 23 T7 +10 Paul Lawrie Carnoustie Golf Links
2000 24 1 -19 Tiger Woods St Andrews
2001 25 T25 -1 David Duval Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
2002 26 T28 E Ernie Els Muirfield
2003 27 T4 +1 Ben Curtis Royal St George’s Golf Club
2004 28 T9 -3 Todd Hamilton Royal Troon Golf Club
2005 29 1 -14 Tiger Woods St Andrews
2006 30 1 -18 Tiger Woods Royal Liverpool Golf Club
2007 31 T12 -2 Padraig Harrington Carnoustie Golf Links
2008 32 DNP DNP Padraig Harrington Royal Birkdale Golf Club
2009 33 CUT +5 Stewart Cink Turnberry
2010 34 T23 -3 Louis Oosthuizen St Andrews
2011 35 DNP DNP Darren Clarke Royal St George’s Golf Club
2012 36 T3 -3 Ernie Els Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
2013 37 T6 +2 Phil Mickelson Muirfield

Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images via bleacherreport.com

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