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June 6 2011

9:19 PM

Wheatcroft vs. PGA TOUR record book

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):

LOWEST SCORES

Score Player Tour Year Tournament
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

Score Player Tour Year Tournament
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

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