Henrik Stenson and Jason Day have done something only done twice in a men’s major championship: shoot 20 under par for 72 holes.
The Aussie reached 20 under par with a birdie on the 14th hole in the final round of the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits. That putt made him just the second player to ever reach 20 under in a major, behind Tiger Woods at the 2000 Open Championship, before Woods gave one back to finish the event at 19-under 269, which is also the lowest a player has ever finished a major in relationship to par. Day, with his win, however, became the first player to finish at 20 under par in a major championship.
Stenson shot 20-under 264 in the 2016 British Open at Royal Troon, shooting 8-under 63 in the final round to do it. He set the 72-hole scoring record total and against par to beat Phil Mickelson by three shots.
However, the overall major championship scoring record belongs to In Gee Chun, who shot 21-under-par 263 to win the 2016 Evian Championship in France. She beat the prior LPGA major championship scoring record of 19 under par, shot by five players, including:
- Dottie Pepper, 1999 Kraft Nabisco Championship (ANA Inspiration)
- Karen Stupples, 2004 Women’s British Open
- Cristie Kerr, 2010 LPGA Championship (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship)
- Yani Tseng, 2011 LPGA Championship (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship)
- Inbee Park, 2015 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
A slew of male players have finished a major at 18 under par, including:
- Nick Faldo, 1990 British Open
- Tiger Woods, 1997 Masters
- Tiger Woods, 2000 PGA Championship
- Bob May, 2000 PGA Championship
- Tiger Woods, 2006 British Open
- Tiger Woods, 2006 PGA Championship
Day, however, doesn’t have the lowest 72-hole total score in a major. That distinction belongs to David Toms, who won the 2001 PGA Championship at 15-under 265 at Atlanta Athletic Club.