The Day After

As Tiger Woods showed on Saturday of the PGA Championship, it’s difficult to go low after a record round

By: Hunki Yun

In the third round of the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club, Tiger Woods tied another "record" of sorts. He became the fifth player to  shoot 69 after a major-record 63. "I accomplished my goal today," he said. "My goal was to shoot under par and increase my lead. Really kept myself out of trouble most of the day."

Few players had been as successful as Woods in their post-63 rounds: Including Woods, the following-day rounds' scoring average is 71.6, showing how difficult it is to go low on consecutive days.

Even in non-major events, low scores in back-to-back rounds are rare. The day after their record rounds of 59, Al Geiberger shot 72, Chip Beck shot 68 and Annika Sorenstam shot 69. (David Duval shot his 59 in the final round.)

Four of the 23 rounds of 63 in majors took place on Sunday. Here is how the other 19 followed up their standard-setting rounds (and where they finished in the event).

69    Ray Floyd, 1982 PGA (Won)
        Gary Player, 1984 PGA (T-2nd)
        Greg Norman, 1996 Masters (2nd)
        Jose Maria Olazabal, 2000 PGA (T-4th)
        Tiger Woods, 2007 PGA (54-hole leader)

70    Mark O'Meara, 2001 PGA (T-22nd)
        Nick Faldo, 1993 British Open (2nd)

71    Jack Nicklaus, 1980 U.S. Open (Won)
        Nick Price, 1986 Masters (5th)

72    Mark Hayes, 1997 British Open (T-9th) 
        Vijay Singh, 2003 U.S. Open (T-20th)
        Thomas Bjorn, 2005 PGA (T-2nd)

73    Isao Aoki, 1980 British Open (T-12th)
        Vijay Singh, 1993 PGA (4th)
        Michael Bradley, 1995 PGA (T-54th)

74    Greg Norman, 1986 British Open (Won)
        Paul Broadhurst, 1990 U.S. Open (T-12th)

75    Bruce Crampton, 1975 PGA (2nd)
        Tom Weiskopf, 1980 U.S. Open (37th)


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