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The record for the lowest 18-hole score in an official PGA Tour round is 58, and in the long history of the tour there have been 11 rounds with scores below 60.
What is the lowest round of golf ever recorded?
The lowest officially recorded round is 55 by Rhein Gibson (12 birdies and 2 eagles on a par 71) and this score is recognized by the Guinness World Records. Three other rounds of 55 are documented, but these are commonly discounted due to the length of the course or the nature of the round.
What score does the average golfer shoot?
The standard par for a course is 72, meaning the average golfer shoots 28 strokes over par to shoot her 100. A milestone such as becoming a bogey golfer, meaning you average shooting 1 over par on every hole, would lead to an average score of 90 strokes.
What is a bad golf score?
A good golf score is a maximum of 108 strokes, while a bad score is considered to be 120 strokes or higher. Since golf is such a complex sport, there are many degrees of skill levels.
Has anyone shot a 58 in golf?
20 years ago, David Duval became the third player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 59 in an official event at the Bob Hope Classic. Since then there have been five more 59s and one 58 shot on the PGA Tour — including two of them shot by 2018 Ryder Cup USA Captain Jim Furyk.