Tour pro takes 17… on one hole


Andrey Pavlov has recorded the second-worst score for one in European Tour history, taking 17 on the pr 5 first in the second round of the Austria Open.

The Russian hit six into the water on the opening hole and joins Chris Gane, who scored 17 on a hole at Gleneagles in 2003, though still trails the all-time record of 20, set by Philippe Porquier’s at the 1978 French Open. 

PGA Tour High Hole Scores

18 – John Daly on par-5 at 1998 Bay Hill Invitational

16 – Kevin Na on par-4 at 2011 Valero Texas Open

16 – Gary McCord on par-5 at 1986 FedEx St. Jude Classic

There are reports of similar and even higher scores from previous years, however. Tommy Armour made a 23 on a par-5 at the 1927 Shawnee Open. Ed “Porky” Oliver made 16 on a par-3 in the 1954 Bing Crosby Pro-Am. Dale Douglass made a 19 on the par-4 10th at Pebble Beach in the 1963 Crosby.

Daly’s 18 happened on the sixth hole at Bay Hill and was earned by putting six balls into the water. Na’s 16 started with a drive way right into the trees and Texas scrub brush, and included a couple unplayables and a penalty for the ball hitting the player.

European Tour High Hole Scores

20 – Philippe Porquier on par-3 at 1978 French Open

17 – Chris Gane at 2003 Diageo Championship at Gleneagles

Other Tours and Majors

The highest single-hole score recorded in a US Open is 19, scored by Ray Ainsley on a par-4 in 1938. On other tours, Mitsuhiro Tateyama scored 19 on a par-3 during the 2006 Acom International on the Japan Tour. 

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