PGA Championship history and records
Most championships won at both match play and stroke play
Both Walter Hagen (pictured) and Jack Nicklaus are tied for the most victories at the PGA Championship with five apiece, but they earned their triumphs in different ways. When Hagen was competing, the tournament still was entirely match play; he won in 1921 and four years straight from 1924-1927. Nicklaus captured his five PGA Championship titles with wins in 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1980.
Most times runner-up
He shares the record for most PGA Championship titles, but Jack Nicklaus had many chances to hold the honor outright. He also holds the record for the most runner-up finishes at the tournament, coming in second place four times.
When Tiger Woods (pictured) defended his PGA Championship title in 2000, he positioned himself at the front of the pack at the very beginning and held on to that advantage throughout the tournament. Woods is one of four golfers to lead from start to finish at the PGA Championship. Other wire-to-wire winners are Bobby Nichols (1964), Raymond Floyd (1969 and 1982) and Hal Sutton (1983).
Largest winning margin
In the 2012 PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy had a three-stroke lead heading into the final round. By the time he had drained his final putt, his lead had ballooned to eight strokes, one better than Jack Nicklaus' previous mark set in 1980.
Best 72-hole score
David Toms (2001)
With rounds of 66, 65, 65 and 69 in 2001, David Toms finished the PGA Championship with a record aggregate score of 265 and the title at the Atlanta Athletic Club (Highlands Course).
Best 72-hole score (to par)
At the end of 72 holes in the 2000 PGA Championship, Tiger Woods (right) and Bob May were tied at 18 under. No other golfers in tournament history have posted scores as far under par as that (although they have posted lower aggregate scores).
Winners in their first PGA Championship appearance
In his first major championship appearance, Keegan Bradley (pictured) won the PGA Championship in 2011. He joined Jim Barnes (1916), Tom Creavy (1931), Bob Hamilton (1944), Doug Ford (1955), Bob Tway (1986), John Daly (1991) and Shaun Micheel (2003) as winners in their first appearance at the event.
Winners in their second PGA Championship appearance
The first time Rich Beem (pictured) played at the PGA Championship, he finished in a tie for 70th. After two years of not playing the event, he returned in 2002 and captured the championship. Such second-time fortune is shared by Hal Sutton (who tied for 29th in 1982 then won in 1983), Jack Nicklaus (who tied for third in 1962 and won in 1963), Gary Player (who tied for 29th in 1961 before winning in 1962) and Bob Rosburg (who tied for 11th in 1958 and won in 1959).
Julius Boros (1968)
In 1968, Julius Boros won the PGA Championship for the first and only time. He was 48 years, 4 months and 18 days old at the time, a distinction that makes him the oldest PGA Championship victor in history.
Gene Sarazen (1922)
At the age of 20 years, 5 months and 22 days old, Gene Sarazen won the 1922 PGA Championship with a 4 & 3 victory over Emmet French. He is the youngest champion in tournament history.
No golfer has played in more PGA Championships than Sam Snead (pictured), who appeared in the event's field 38 times. The only other golfers to play in the PGA Championship field more than 30 times are Arnold Palmer (37), Jack Nicklaus (37), Raymond Floyd (31), Gene Sarazen (31) and Tom Watson (31).
Most cuts made
Both Jack Nicklaus (pictured) and Raymond Floyd have made the cut 27 times at the PGA Championship. Nicklaus missed the cut 10 times, while Floyd went home after two rounds just four times in his career at the event.
Most rounds played
Jack Nicklaus has played more rounds in the PGA Championship than any other golfer, recording 128 rounds in his professional career.
Most top-three, top-five, top-10 and top-25 finishes
A dominant golfer throughout his career, Jack Nicklaus was especially impressive at the PGA Championship. He has 12 top-three finishes at the event, while no other golfer has more than five. He has 14 top-five finishes, and no other golfer has more than six. He has 15 top-10 finishes, while just one other golfer is in double digits (Tom Watson with 10). Finally, as the only player with over 20 top-25 finishes, he also holds that record with 23.
Most rounds in the 60s
Jack Nicklaus (pictured) has shot rounds in the 60s 41 times at the PGA Championship. That is 13 rounds better than Jay Haas, who is second on the list with 28.
Highest 72-hole score by a winner
Larry Nelson (1987)
When Larry Nelson won the PGA Championship in 1987, he did so with an aggregate 72-hole score of 287 (courtesy of rounds of 70, 72, 73 and 72). He went on to earn the title in a playoff, thereby earning the highest score by a winner.
Best 72-hole score by a non-winner
Phil Mickelson (2001)
Phil Mickelson had an excellent campaign at the 2001 PGA Championship, shooting rounds of 66, 66, 66 and 68 to finish with an aggregate score of 266. Unfortunately for him, David Toms was just a little bit better at the Georgia course. Mickelson's score is the best by a non-winner over 72 holes.
Best nine-hole score
Brad Faxon (1995)
Brad Faxon never won a major title, but he does hold records at the PGA Championship. Faxon recorded a 28 on the front side of the final round in 1995, setting the nine-hole record by one stroke.
Best 18-hole score
Twelve golfers have posted record-low scores of 63 in one round at the PGA Championship. Jason Dufner (pictured) was the most recent to reach that mark, shooting a bogey-free 63 in the second round in 2013. Raymond Floyd (1982) and Michael Bradley (1995) recorded 63s in the first round; Bruce Crampton (1975), Gary Player (1984), Vijay Singh (1993), Mark O'Meara (2001) and Tiger Woods (2007) etched their names in the record books with second-round 63s; Jose Maria Olazabal (2000) and Thomas Bjorn shot 63s in the third round; and Brad Faxon (1995) equalled the mark in the fourth round.
Best and worst first-round scores
Raymond Floyd (pictured) shot a tournament-low 63 in the first round of the 1982 tournament, setting himself up nicely to go on to win the PGA Championship that year. Michael Bradley matched the 63 in 1995, and Steve Stricker achieved that feat in 2011. Gary Campbell holds the worst first-round score with a 94 in 1977.
Best and worst second-round scores
Of the six golfers who shot scores of 63 in the second round, only Tiger Woods (pictured, 2007) and Jason Dufner went on to win. Bruce Crampton (1975), Gary Player (1984), Vijay Singh (1993) and Mark O'Meara (2001) all set the bar high in the second round but couldn't win. Tom Dolby's 94 in 2002 set the mark as the worst score ever in the second round.
Best and worst third-round scores
In 2005, Thomas Bjorn (pictured) equaled the mark Jose Maria Olazabal had set in 2000, shooting a 63 in the third round. Posting an 88, Frank Dobbs set the record for highest third-round score the same year Olazabal set the low honors.
Best and worst fourth-round scores
His final-round 63 in 1995 didn't give Brad Faxon (pictured) the title, but it did give him the record for lowest fourth-round score at the PGA Championship. That stands in contrast to the score of 89 posted by Ralph Johnston in 1972.
Best and worst fourth-round scores by a winner
Bob Tway shot a 64 in the final round of the 1986 PGA Championship to earn a two-stroke victory over Greg Norman. Larry Nelson (pictured) shot a 73 in the final round of the 1987 PGA Championship, but that high score still was good enough for him to capture the title that year.
Best score after the first 36 holes
With rounds of 66 and 65 in 1995, Ernie Els (pictured) shot an 11-under 131 in the PGA Championship's first two rounds to equal the low 36-hole mark set in 1983 by Hal Sutton and in 1993 by Vijay Singh. He wasn't alone in recording that score in 1995, as Mark O'Meara shot a 64 and 67. Of the four players, only Sutton went on to win. In 2001, David Toms and Shingo Katayama recorded scores of 131 through the first 36 holes to move 9-under par.
Best score after the first 54 holes
Rounds of 66, 65 and 65 gave David Toms a 14-under 196 in 2001 and set the mark for best score after the first three rounds of a PGA Championship.
Best score over final 36 holes
In 2001, Mark Calcavecchia closed the PGA Championship with rounds of 66 and 65 for a 9-under 131.
Best score over final 54 holes
After starting the 2000 PGA Championship with a 72, Bob May recorded three blistering rounds of 66. He lost the tournament in a playoff against Tiger Woods.
Best comeback by a winner
With 14 holes to go in the 1978 PGA Championship, John Mahaffey (pictured) trailed Tom Watson by seven strokes. He pulled off the biggest comeback by a PGA Championship winner, going on to win in a playoff.
Largest 18-hole lead
The biggest 18-hole lead in PGA Championship history is just three strokes. Raymond Floyd (pictured) opened up that advantage by shooting a first-round 63 in 1982, while Bobby Nichols' 64 gave him a three-stroke lead in 1964.
Largest 36-hole lead
Nick Price cruised to a six-stroke victory in 1994. A wire-to-wire winner, Price's lead after two rounds was five strokes.
Largest 54-hole lead
Three golfers have taken five-stroke leads into the final round. Raymond Floyd accomplished the feat twice, once with an aggregate score of 202 in 1969 and another time with a 200 in 1982. Tom Watson had a five-stroke lead in 1978. Floyd won both times he had that advantage heading into the final 18 holes, but Watson let his cushion slip away.
Lowest scoring average (minimum 75 rounds)
The record-holder for most rounds played at the PGA Championship, Jack Nicklaus also holds the record for lowest scoring average with a minimum of 75 rounds played. He has an average score of 71.37 during those 128 rounds.
Four rounds in the 60s
Sixteen times in PGA Championship history have golfers shot all four rounds in the 60s. Steve Lowery (pictured), who also recorded the feat in 1995, did it for the second time in 2001. Steve Elkington is the only other golfer to do it twice (1995 and 1998), while Arnold Palmer (1964), Ben Crenshaw (1979), Lee Trevino (1984), Paul Azinger (1993), Greg Norman (1993), Nick Faldo (1993), Colin Montgomerie (1995), Jeff Maggert (1995), Bob Estes (1995), David Toms (2001), Phil Mickelson (2001) and Tiger Woods (2006) have done it once.