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What are the Highest Scores on One Hole by Pro Golfers?

These are the single-hole worsts on tour


John Daly highest single hole scores

John Daly scored an 18 on one hole at the 1998 Bay Hill Invitational.

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The PGA Tour has only compiled individual hole scores since 1983. So since 1983, the highest scores on individual holes on the PGA Tour are:

PGA Tour High Hole Scores

  • 18 - John Daly on par-5 at 1998 Bay Hill Invitational
  • 16 - Kevin Na on par-4 at 2011 Valero Texas Open
  • 16 - Gary McCord on par-5 at 1986 FedEx St. Jude Classic

There are reports of similar and even higher scores from previous years, however. Tommy Armour made a 23 on a par-5 at the 1927 Shawnee Open. Ed "Porky" Oliver made 16 on a par-3 in the 1954 Bing Crosby Pro-Am. Dale Douglass made a 19 on the par-4 10th at Pebble Beach in the 1963 Crosby.

Daly's 18 happened on the sixth hole at Bay Hill and was earned by putting six balls into the water. Na's 16 started with a drive way right into the trees and Texas scrub brush, and included a couple unplayables and a penalty for the ball hitting the player.

European Tour High Hole Scores
On the European Tour, the worst scores are:

  • 20 - Philippe Porquier on par-3 at 1978 French Open
  • 17 - Chris Gane at 2003 Diageo Championship at Gleneagles

Other Tours and Majors
The highest single-hole score recorded in a U.S. Open is 19, scored by Ray Ainsley on a par-4 in the 1938 U.S. Open. This score is recognized by the USGA as the tournament record, and the U.S. Open is counted by the PGA Tour as a tour event. But, again, the tour has compiled hole records only since 1983, and so sticks by that date as its starting point for this stat.

On other tours, Mitsuhiro Tateyama scored 19 on a par-3 during the 2006 Acom International on the Japan Tour.

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