June 6 2011
Steve Wheatcroft set all kinds of Nationwide Tour records on Sunday by winning the Melwood Prince George’s County Open by shooting a 29-under 255 for a 12-stroke victory. The 255 total and the 12-stroke winning margin are the best in the Nationwide Tour’s 21-year history.
The one Nationwide Tour record he didn’t set, however, was lowest score relative to par. Daniel Chopra was 30 under when he won the Henrico County Open in 2008.
Wheatcroft’s romp got us to wondering – how do the Nationwide Tour totals stack up against the PGA TOUR’s 72-hole records?
Here’s the list of lowest 72s (incidentally, Don January has the lowest 72-hole score on the Champions Tour with a 260 at the 1983 Citizens Union Senior Golf Classic):
|254 (26 under)||Tommy Armour III||PGA TOUR||2003||Valero Texas Open|
|255 (33 under)||Steve Stricker||PGA TOUR||2009||Bob Hope Classic*|
|255 (29 under)||Steve Wheatcroft||Nationwide Tour||2011||Melwood Prince George’s County Open|
|256 (28 under)||Mark Calcavecchia||PGA TOUR||2001||Phoenix Open|
Here’s the list of lowest 72s relative to par (incidentally, Jack Nicklaus has the lowest 72-hole score relative to par on the Champions Tour; the Golden Bear was 27 under when he won the 1990 Mazda Senior Tournament Players Championship):
LOWEST TOTALS RELATIVE TO PAR
|33 under (255)||Steve Stricker||PGA TOUR||2009||Bob Hope Classic*|
|31 under (261)||Ernie Els||PGA TOUR||2003||Mercedes Championship|
|30 under (258)||Pat Perez||PGA TOUR||2009||Bob Hope Classic*|
|30 under (258)||Daniel Chopra||Nationwide Tour||2008||Henrico County Open|
|29 under (255)||Steve Wheatcroft||Nationwide Tour||2011||Melwood Prince George’s County Open|
|29 under (259||Joe Durant||PGA TOUR||2001||Bob Hope Classic*|
|29 under (259)||Tim Herron||PGA TOUR||2003||Bob Hope Classic*|
* through four rounds of 90-hole tournament