Lowest Scores in US Open History: Records for Lowest Round and Lowest 72-Hole Score

Jason Schandl
Lowest scores in US Open history, including Rory McIlroy's 268 72-hole score in 2011.
Lowest scores in US Open history, including Rory McIlroy's 268 72-hole score in 2011. / JIM WATSON/Getty Images

The 2021 US Open is upon us, and this event carries plenty of history. Over 100 years old, the US Open was first played in 1985, when Horace Rawlins won $150 by taking first place with a two-round score of 173 (91-82).

Golf has obviously come a long way since then, and the US Open has seen its fair share of legendary performances.

With that in mind, here's a look at the lowest rounds as well as the lowest 72-hole (four-round) scores in US Open history.

Lowest Scoring Round in US Open History

Six players are tied for the record for the all-time lowest-scoring US Open round, having shot a 63 β€” though some were further under par than others.

  • Justin Thomas β€” 2017 Round 3: 63 (9 under par)
  • Johnny Miller β€” 1973 Final Round: 63 (8 under par)
  • Tommy Fleetwood β€” 2018 Final Round: 63 (7 under par)
  • Jack Nicklaus β€” 1980 First Round: 63 (7 under par)
  • Tom Weiskopf β€” 1980 First Round: 63 (7 under par)
  • Vijay Singh β€” 2003 Second Round: 63 (7 under par)

Lowest Score in US Open History

7. 272 β€” Brooks Koepka (67-70-68-67), 2017

6. 272 β€” Jim Furyk (67-66-67-72), 2003

5. 272 β€” Tiger Woods (65-69-71-67), 2000

4. 272 β€” Lee Janzen (67-67-69-69), 1993

3. 272 β€” Jack Nicklaus (63-71-70-68), 1980

2. 271 β€” Martin Kaymer (65-65-72-69), 2014

1. 268 β€” Rory McIlroy (65-66-68-69), 2011

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