|Johnny Miller||US Open||1973||final||WON||Johnny Miller|
|Bruce Crampton||USPGA||1975||second||2nd||Jack Nicklaus|
|Mark Hayes||Open||1977||second||tied 9th||Tom Watson|
|Jack Nicklaus||US Open||1980||first||WON||Jack Nicklaus|
|Tom Weiskopf||US Open||1980||first||37th||Jack Nicklaus|
|Isao Aoki||Open||1980||third||tied 12th||Tom Watson|
|Raymond Floyd||USPGA||1982||first||WON||Raymond Floyd|
|Gary Player||USPGA||1984||second||tied 2nd||Lee Trevino|
|Nick Price||Masters||1986||third||5th||Jack Nicklaus|
|Greg Norman||Open||1986||second||WON||Greg Norman|
|Paul Broadhurst||Open||1990||third||tied 12th||Nick Faldo|
|Jodie Mudd||Open||1991||final||tied 5th||Ian Baker-Finch|
|Nick Faldo||Open||1993||second||2nd||Greg Norman|
|Payne Stewart||Open||1993||final||12th||Greg Norman|
|Vijay Singh||USPGA||1993||second||4th||Paul Azinger|
|Michael Bradley||USPGA||1995||first||tied 54th||Steve Elkington|
|Brad Faxon||USPGA||1995||final||5th||Steve Elkington|
|Greg Norman||Masters||1996||first||2nd||Nick Faldo|
|Jose Maria Olazabal||USPGA||2000||third||tied 4th||Tiger Woods|
|Mark O’Meara||USPGA||2001||second||tied 22nd||David Toms|
|Vijay Singh||US Open||2003||second||tied 20th||Jim Furyk|
|Thomas Bjorn||USPGA||2005||third||tied 2nd||Phil Mickelson|
|Tiger Woods||USPGA||2007||second||WON||Tiger Woods|
|Rory McIlroy||Open||2010||first||tied 3rd||Louis Oosthuizen|
|Steve Stricker||USPGA||2011||first||tied 12th||Keegan Bradley|
|Jason Dufner||USPGA||2013||second||WON||Jason Dufner|
|Hiroshi Iwata||USPGA||2015||second||tied 21st||Jason Day|
A couple of further thoughts occurred to me: firstly that you can - broadly speaking - make a 63 in two ways: either by being on for a 64 and then holing a birdie putt at the last, or by needing a par for a 63 and getting it. Iwata was in the second group, and he got there by getting up and down for par from short of the 18th green. But there must be a subset of players in the second group who two-putted for a par, and therefore had a putt for a 62. I know, for instance, that the most recent two players on the list, Stricker and Dufner, fall into this category, and both putts were very makeable ones. These two interesting articles suggest that there were people who had shorter putts than that for 62s: Mark Hayes in 1977 had a six-footer for par on the last and missed, Greg Norman three-putted the last green in 1986, the crucial putt being from around five feet, and most surprisingly of all the great Jack Nicklaus had a putt of no more than two or three feet for a birdie on the 18th at Baltusrol in 1980 and missed it. That's one criterion for "closeness" to a 62, another would be how close what turned out to be the penultimate putt came to going in. Johnny Miller in 1973, Tiger Woods in 2007 and Nick Price in 1986 all had putts that got a pretty good portion of the hole before lipping out; Price claims his did a full circuit of the hole and still stayed out, though that story may have grown a bit in the telling, as war stories do.
My second thought was: at some point this 27-item list is going to be collapsed to a single item, whenever (as is pretty much bound to happen eventually) someone holes one of those putts for a 62 (or something even lower). But there must have been a point just before the 1973 US Open when there was a similar multiple-item list in existence featuring a whole host of players who'd shot 64 in a major championship. I wonder if it's possible to reconstruct that list?
Well, probably, but I'm not about to present you with anything that I'm claiming is complete or definitive. What I can tell you is as follows:
- The first player to shoot 64 in a major championship was Lloyd Mangrum in the first round of the 1940 Masters, where he eventually finished second.
- The first player to shoot 64 at the US Open was Lee Mackey jr in the first round in 1950; he followed that with 81-75-77 and eventually finished 25th.
- The first player to shoot 64 at the USPGA was Bobby Nichols in the first round in 1964; he went on to win the tournament.
- The man Nichols beat into second place in 1964, Jack Nicklaus, got there by shooting a 64 in the final round.
- In the very next major, the 1965 Masters, Nicklaus shot another 64, in the third round this time, and went on to win the tournament.
- Mark Hayes' 63 in the second round of the 1977 Open set a new record for that championship, beating the venerable previous record of 65 set by Henry Cotton in 1934. So what that means is that there was never a 64 shot at the Open that would have qualified for the list - needless to say there have been plenty of Open 64s subsequent to Hayes' 63, but of course they don't count.