On this day, In 1955 Mike Souchak established the 72 hole scoring record
Pennsylvania native Mike Souchak was a 15-time winner on the PGA Tour, and for decades held the record for lowest winning tournament score. Like Armour’s current record, Souchak set the 257 mark in the Texas Open – and they were using tee mats that week due to poor course conditions.
- Mike Souchak (60-68-64-65), 1955 Texas Open *stood for 46 years*
- Tiger Woods (64-63-64-66), 2007 Tour Championship
- Jimmy Walker (66-66-62-63), 2015 Sony Open
- Mark Calcavecchia (65-60-64-67), 2001 Phoenix Open
- Russell Henley (63-63-67-63), 2013 Sony Open
- Phil Mickelson (60-65-64-67), 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open
Calcavecchia is the golfer who broke Souchak’s longstanding 257 mark that had stood since 1955. His record only lasted two years before Tommy Armour III lowered it.
- Steve Stricker (65-67-61-62), 2009 Bob Hope Classic
- Tommy Armour III (64-62-63-65), 2003 Valero Texas Open
- Justin Thomas (59-64-65-65), 2017 Sony Open; Thomas came into the 2017 season running on all cylinders as he won the SBS Tournament of Champions then dominated the field the next week at the Sony Championship to set a handful of records. Thomas became the youngest player to shoot a sub-60 round. Thomas finished with rounds of 64, 65, and 65 to win the tournament by 7 strokes. He set tournament records for 18, 36, 54, and 72 holes (59, 123, 188, and 253, respectively). He also set PGA Tour records at 36 and 72 holes and tied the 54-hole record.