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The Tour Report

August 9 2013

12:19 PM

Can Simpson make major history?

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Webb Simpson needs one more birdie to set the major championship scoring record.

He's currently 7 under through 15 holes at Oak Hill and two strokes behind Adam Scott. Simpson has three par 4s remaining on the par-70 layout.

The lowest score ever shot in a major championship is 63 -- accomplished 25 times in history (two times at the Masters, four at the U.S. Open, eight at The Open Championship and 11 at the PGA).

The last player to shoot 63 at a major was Steve Stricker at the 2011 PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

Simpson started on the back nine and opened with two  birdies. He added another at the 14th hole to turn in 32 and has birdied four of his last five holes to give himself the shot at history.

The Oak Hill record is 64, shot by Curtis Strange (1989 U.S. Open) and Ben Hogan (1942 Rochester Open).