The Highest Single Hole Scores In PGA Tour History

Highest Single Hole Scores In PGA Tour History

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Unveiling the Greatest Gaffes: PGA Tour’s Highest Single Hole Scores Exposed! From bunker blunders to water woes, witness how even golf’s elite succumb to the pressure. These jaw-dropping mishaps remind us that behind every professional swing lies a human vulnerability. Dive into the most unforgettable moments that redefine the limits of golfing prowess and human fallibility.

T6. Herman Tissies – 1950 Open Championship, Course: Royal Troon UK, Hole: 8th, Score: 15

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Herman Tissies faced an amateur’s ordeal at the 1950 Open Championship with a disastrous 15 on the 8th hole. A series of bunker troubles haunted him, creating a harrowing tale on the course.

T6. Bill Collins – 1958 Denver Open, Course: Wellshire CO, Hole: 17th, Score: 15

Bill Collins, with a respectable career boasting 4 PGA tour wins, encountered a nightmare at the 1958 Denver Open. The 17th hole devoured him, resulting in a staggering 15 strokes on his card.

T5. Ed Oliver – 1954 Bing Crosby Pro-Am, Course: Cypress Point CA, Hole: 16th, Score: 16

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Ed “Porky” Oliver’s unfortunate moment at the 1954 Bing Crosby Pro-Am saw him shooting a remarkable 16 on the 16th hole, a record that stood until Hans Merrell’s legendary 19 strokes.

T5. Gary McCord – 1986 Federal Express St Jude Classic, Course: Colonial TX, Hole: 16th, Score: 16

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Gary McCord’s infamous 16th hole at the 1986 Federal Express St Jude Classic became a legend, reminiscent of a scene from the movie “Tin Cup” which just so happened to be about this moment. Witness the tale unfold, where a golfer’s worst moment became unforgettable.

T5. Kevin Na – 2011 Valero Texas Open, Course: TPC San Antonio TX, Hole: 9th, Score: 16

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In a dramatic turn at the 2011 Valero Texas Open, Kevin Na’s back 9 momentum came to a halt. After a series of wayward tee shots, he navigated a chaotic hole, initially scored as a 14, but later confirmed as a 16 after video review.

4. George Bayer – 1957 Kentucky Derby Open, Course: Seneca KY, Hole: 17th, Score: 17


In a jaw-dropping move at the 1957 Kentucky Derby Open, George Bayer along with others in his group, intentionally played poorly to miss the cut and advance to the next tournament. Using his 7-Iron, he scored a staggering 17 on the hole.

3. John Daly – 1998 Bay Hill Invitational, Course: Bay Hill FL, Hole: 6th, Score: 18

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John Daly, known for his unconventional lifestyle both on and off the course, boasts an impressive 19 career tour wins. However, at the 1998 Bay Hill Invitational, Daly’s bold playstyle faltered on the 6th hole, resulting in a disastrous 18.

T2. Ray Ainsley – 1938 US Open, Course: Cherry Hills CO, Hole: 16th, Score: 19

Des Moines Register June 11 1938 | Wirephoto

In the 1938 US Open, California Club Pro Ray Ainsley took the “play it as it lies” rule quite literally, persistently attempting shots from the water hazard, demonstrating unwavering determination.

T2. Dale Douglass – 1963 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, Course: Pebble Beach CA, Hole: 10th, Score: 19

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Despite Dale Douglass’ impressive career with 14 tour wins, including 3 PGA Tour and 11 PGA Tour Champions titles, he encountered a surprising setback with a 19 at Pebble Beach’s 10th hole.

2.T2. Hans Merrell – 1959 Bing Crosby National, Course: Cypress Point CA Pro-Am Hole: 16th, Score: 19

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Hans Merrell, a Club Pro, faced a daunting challenge at the 1959 Bing Crosby National when his shot on the 16th at Cypress fell short, leaving his ball lodged in ice plants below the green.

1. Tommy Armour – 1927 Shawnee Open, Venue: Shawnee PA, Hole: 17, Score: 23


Tommy Armour, with an illustrious career boasting 25 PGA Tour wins, including major titles like the 1930 PGA Championship and 1927 US Open, proves even golfing elite face human challenges on the course.