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Top 10 Rounds of All Time

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Al Geiberger
 
No. 10 ' Al Geiberger, First Round 1977 Memphis Classic
 
Geiberger became the first player in PGA Tour history to break 60, doing so in the first round of the then Danny Thomas Memphis Classic, June 10, 1977. Geiberger's score was all-the-more extraordinary considering it came on one of the Tour's toughest courses and in 102-degree heat. He went on to win the event by three strokes.
 
Bill Fields, Golf Digest: It was a very long course, well over 7,000 yards. And back then 7,000 yards was different from today with the way the ball travels.
 
Al Geiberger, Mr. 59: All I could do every time I made a long putt, you know, I would just go, 'I don't know what's happening.'
 

Babe Zaharias
 
No. 9 ' Babe Zaharias, 1954 U.S. Women's Open
 
Once the most dominant player on the LPGA ' and most dominant athlete in the world ' Zaharias completed her comeback from colon cancer by winning her 10th major championship, this time at Salem Country Club, by a record 12 strokes.
 
Rich Lerner, Golf Channel: You could make the case that Babe was the greatest athlete, male of female, that ever lived.
 
Babe Zaharias: I laid in bed and I says, 'Please, God, let me play again.' And He answered my prayer.
 


Ken Venturi
 
No. 8 ' Ken Venturi, Sunday at 1964 U.S. Open
 
Venturi started the final round of the 1964 U.S. Open trailing by five strokes. Faced with a 36-hole finale in excessive of 100 degrees, Venturi battled dehydration and exhaustion to win his first and only major championship, shooting 66-70.
 
Rich Lerner, Golf Channel: Kenny was on his way to an incredible round. I mean, we're talking Johnny Miller 63 at Oakmont 1973 kind of stuff.
 
Dr. John Everett: Knowing that he (would) have to walk another 18 holes in this terrific heat and humidity, I suggested he might be smart if he withdrew.
 


Annika Sorenstam
 
No. 7 ' Annika Sorenstam, Second Round 2001 Safeway
 
Nearly 25 years after Al Geiberger set the mark on the PGA Tour, Sorenstam became the first female player to shoot 59 on the LPGA. On a Friday afternoon at the Safeway International, Sorenstam started her round with eight straight birdies and claimed five more on the back nine to reach the magical number.
 
Dottie Pepper, Golf Channel: Once you get off to a smoking hot start, you can't help but think about 59.
 
Meg Mallon, Annika's playing competitor that day: Annika's mental strength is just incredible and it showed.
 


Hubert Green
 
No. 6 ' Hubert Green, Final Round 1977 U.S. Open
 
With four holes to play in the final round of the 1977 U.S. Open at Southern Hills, and leading by one, Hubert Green was informed that a death threat had been made against him. An unidentified woman claimed Green would be shot on the 15th green. After playing the hole without incident, Green birdied 16 and went on to win by one.
 
Rich Lerner, Golf Channel: It's hard enough to play the game of golf at that level ' final round of a U.S. Open ' with that kind of pressure. How would you like to play it under the threat of death.
 
Hubert Green, 1977 U.S. Open champion: I didn't think about it one way or the other.
 


Davis Love III
 
No. 5 ' Davis Love III, Final Round 2003 Players
 
Faced with temperatures in the low 50s, winds upwards of 25 mph, and on one of the toughest courses on Tour, Love shot a brilliant 8-under 64 to secure his second career Players Championship title.
 
Bill Fields, Golf Digest: Davis Love was in a rain suit. It was chilly. And (he) played the kind of golf that people wanted to see him play for a long time.
 
Rich Lerner, Golf Channel: Davis sort of symbolized golf pre-Tiger Woods ' nice but not nasty, friendly but not fiery. He was so good on that day; that's as good a performance as I've seen him in that tournament.
 


David Duval
 
No. 4 ' David Duval, Final Round 1999 Bob Hope
 
Beginning the fifth and final round six shots off the lead, Duval played the round of his life on the Palmer Course at PGA West. He had a look at birdie or eagle on 17 holes, with 10 of those putts inside 5 feet. An eagle at the last not only gave him a sub-60 round; it helped him win the tournament.
 
Thomas Bonk, Golf Digest: That was when David Duval was really at the top of his game and he was a true challenger to Tiger.
 
Rich Lerner, Golf Channel: There was always something mysterious about David Duval. He was Robogolfer. He was the man behind the shades.
 

Arnold Palmer
 
No. 3 ' Arnold Palmer, Final Round 1960 U.S. Open
 
Trailing by seven to start the final round at Cherry Hills, Palmer, angered by a member of the media who felt he could not win, drives the first hole and two-putts for birdie. The rest is history as Palmer shoots 65 and wins his first and only U.S. Open title.
 
Rand Jerris, director of the USGA's museum and archives: 1960 was an important year in Arnold's career, an important year for the game. He wins the Masters early in the year and really it's the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills in Denver that Palmer comes to define himself.
 
Bob Drum, Pittsburgh Press: We sat down and (Palmer) said, 'Well, what do you think a 65 will do?' I said, 'It's not going to do you any good.'
 


Johnny Miller
 
No. 2 ' Johnny Miller, Final Round 1973 U.S. Open
 
It's been called the single greatest round of golf ever played. Or, in our case, the second greatest round of golf ever played. After hearing a voice in his head telling him to open his stance, Miller hits all 18 greens on the par-71 Oakmont course, makes nine birdies to one bogey, and shoots 63 ' a score that has been duplicated, but never surpassed in a men's major. Having started the day six back, he wins by one shot over John Schlee.
 
Dr. Robert Winters, sports psychologist: What people don't remember is that he was battling the nerves with his putter, big time.
 
David Stein, sports radio broadcaster: What I love about Johnny Miller's 63 is how emotional he gets today when he describes it.
 
Johnny Miller, 1973 U.S. Open champion: It was one of those rounds that I ... I don't know why it happened to me, it just did. That's all.
 


Jack Nicklaus
 
No. 1 ' Jack Nicklaus, Final Round 1986 Masters
 
The greatest round had to come from the greatest player who ever lived. At age 46, Nicklaus shoots an improbable 65 in the final round of the Masters to claim his record sixth career green jacket.
 
Bill Fields, Golf Digest: He played a very ordinary front nine, couldn't get anything going. But, you know, the back nine was a different matter. It was as if it was scripted.
 
Jeff Rude, Golfweek: He shot 65. He beat a whole bunch of good players. He beat (Seve) Ballesteros. He beat (Tom) Kite. He beat (Greg) Norman. He was beating Hall of Famers. And to do it at 46, when people thought he was washed up, nothing moved the golf Richter scale like that round.
 
Michael Arkush, golf author: I don't think we've had a major championship, a two-hour stretch of golf on television that was as compelling and captivating as that afternoon in April of 1986.