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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.

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Seve Ballesteros and Winners of The Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

Seve Ballesteros on the 18th Hole at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1988

Seve Ballesteros on the 18th Hole at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1988

The Open Championship, known more familiarly stateside as the British Open, has been played on 14 different courses over its 151-year history:

1. Carnoustie Golf Links

2. Muirfield

3. Musselbrugh Links

4. Prestwick Golf Club

5. Prince’s Golf Club

6. Royal Birkdale Golf Club

7. Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

8. Royal Liverpool Golf Club

9. Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club

10. Royal Portrush Golf Club

11. Royal St. George’s Golf Club

12. Royal Troon Golf Club

13. St Andrews

14. Turnberry

This year’s Open is being played at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, where it has been played a total of ten times before, the last in 2001 when David Duval secured his only major win.

Amateur Bobby Jones won the first Open at Royal Lytham over 80 years ago.

Seve Ballesteros is the only golfer to win twice here, a remarkable “back-to-back” in 1979 and 1988.

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2001 David Duval  United States 274 (-10)
1996 Tom Lehman  United States 271 (-13)
1988 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 273 (-11)
1979 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 283 (-1)
1974 Gary Player  South Africa 282 (-2)
1969 Tony Jacklin  England 280 (-4)
1963 Bob Charles  New Zealand 277 (-7) Playoff
1958 Peter Thomson  Australia 278 (-10) Playoff
1952 Bobby Locke  South Africa 287 (-1)
1926 Bobby Jones  United States 291

Photo: todaysgolfer.co.uk

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