Friday, 09 August 2013
Jason Dufner lines up the birdie putt on 18 that could have handed him the first 62 in Major Championship history  (Getty Images)
Jason Dufner lines up the birdie putt on 18 that could have handed him the first 62 in Major Championship history (Getty Images)

Jason Dufner became only the 24th player to shoot 63 - a record low total - in Major Championship history in breaking the Oak Hill Country Club record on Friday.

The feat has been achieved 26 times, with Fiji's Vijay Singh and Australian Greg Norman having shot 63 twice in Majors, while the mark has been matched 11 times at the US PGA Championship alone.

Before Dufner's second round heroics in Rochester, Steve Stricker had been the most recent to sign for a 63 at a Major at the 2011 US PGA at Atlanta Athletic Club.

It also means that for a countless time the unchartered territory of a Major Championship 62 remains unbreached, with many having failed after seemingly makeable opportunities on the last green.

Dufner was the third player in the last seven US PGA Championships to have a birdie putt inside 20 feet on the 18th to shoot a landmark 62 - after the aforementioned Stricker and Tiger Woods - only to see his attempt fall agonisingly short.

Still, the American joins a celebrated group after posting his seven under par 63 - and had the consolation of breaking the Oak Hill East Course record of 64 previously held by Ben Hogan (1942), Curtis Strange (1989) and Webb Simpson, who only hours before had equalled the old record total.

The 63 Club

US PGA Championship
 Bruce Crampton, 1975 (Firestone), second round (7 under)
 Raymond Floyd, 1982 (Southern Hills), first round (7 under)
 Gary Player, 1984 (Shoal Creek), second round (9 under)
 Vijay Singh, 1993 (Inverness), second round (8 under)
 Michael Bradley, 1995 (Riviera), first round (8 under)
 Brad Faxon, 1995 (Riviera), final round (8 under)
 Jose Maria Olazabal, 2000 (Valhalla), third round (9 under)
 Mark O’Meara, 2001 (Atlanta AC), second round (7 under)
 Thomas Bjorn, 2005 (Baltusrol), third round (7 under)
 Tiger Woods, 2007 (Southern Hills), second round (7 under)
 Steve Stricker, 2011 (Atlanta Athletic), first round (7 under)
 Jason Dufner, 2012, (Oak Hill), second round, (7 under)

Masters Tournament
 Nick Price, 1986, third round (9 under)
 Greg Norman, 1996, first round (9 under)

US Open
 Johnny Miller, 1973 (Oakmont), final round (8 under)
 Jack Nicklaus, 1980 (Baltusrol), first round (7 under)
 Tom Weiskopf, 1980 (Baltusrol), first round (7 under)
 Vijay Singh, 2003 (Olympia Fields), second round (7 under)

The Open Championship
 Mark Hayes, 1977 (Turnberry), second round (7 under)
 Isao Aoki, 1980 (Muirfield), third round (8 under)
 Greg Norman, 1986 (Turnberry), second round (7 under)
 Paul Broadhurst, 1990 (St Andrews), third round (9 under)
 Jodie Mudd, 1991 (Royal Birkdale), final round (7 under)
 Nick Faldo, 1993 (Royal St George’s), final round (7 under)
 Payne Stewart, 1993 (Royal St George’s), final round (7 under)
 Rory McIlroy, 2010 (St Andrews), first round (9 under)

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