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What is the 18-Hole Scoring Record in a US Open?


Johnny Miller 1976

Johnny Miller was the first golfer to shoot 63 in a US Open.

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Question: What is the 18-Hole Scoring Record in a US Open?
Answer: The 18-hole, or single round, scoring record in the U.S. Open is 63, a score that has been posted four times in the tournament's history. It was first recorded in 1973 and last achieved in 2003.

Here are the four golfers who share the record:

  • Vijay Singh: Second round, 2003 U.S. Open, Olympia Fields
  • Jack Nicklaus: First round, 1980 U.S. Open, Baltusrol
  • Tom Weiskopf: First round, 1980 U.S. Open, Baltusrol
  • Johnny Miller: Fourth round, 1973 U.S. Open, Oakmont

That first 63 by Miller is often ranked as one of the handful of greatest rounds in golf history because it wasn't just the first 63 at a U.S. Open - it was the first 63 in any major. It happened in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open and propelled Miller to victory.

Nicklaus and Weiskopf matched 63s in the first round of the 1980 U.S. Open, a tournament Nickklaus went on to win.

Related FAQs:
72-hole U.S. Open scoring record
U.S. Open scoring record in relation to par

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