97-OVER! – The worst round in Masters history

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There have been some incredible rounds in the long and distinguished history of the Masters since the tournament debuted in 1934.

Equally, however, there have been some truly disastrous efforts, such is the brilliance and nuance of Augusta National.

Officially, the highest 18-hole score ever carded in the first men’s major of the season is a 23-over 95, set by amateur Charles Kunkle in 1956.

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However, what if you were to take the worst score recorded on each of the 18 holes and added them together to create, definitively, the ‘Worst Ever Masters Round’? What would that add up to?

We’ve trawled tournament archives – and the outcome is quite remarkable.

Before we get to the overall total, here’s a rundown of the worst scores on each hole since the event began.


9 – Ernie Els, 2016


10 – Sam Byrd, 1948; David Duval, 2006


8 – Douglas B. Clarke, 1980


8 – Henrik Stenson, 2011


8 – Bill Campbell, 1957; Sam Parks, 1957; Chick Harbert, 1960; Jerry Barber, 1964

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7 – Jose Maria Olazabal, 1991; Arnold Palmer, 1997; Branden Grace, 2016


8 – DeWitt Weaver, 1972; Richard L. Von Tacky Jnr, 1981


12 – Frank Walsh, 1935


8 – Jack Selby, 1948; Richard Davies, 1963; Clay Ogden, 2006; Luke Donald, 2014


9 – Danny Lee, 2009


9 – Dow Finsterwald, 1952; Bo Wininger, 1958; William G. Moody III, 1980;  Charles Howell III, 2006; Sandy Lyle, 2017


13 – Tom Weiskopf, 1980


13 – Tommy Nakajima, 1978


8 – Nick Price, 1993

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13 – Sergio Garcia, 2018


11 – Herman Barron, 1950


7 – 19 different times, most recently Fred Couples and Ted Potter Jnr, 2013


8 – Denny Shute, 1959; Homero Blancas, 1970; Jumbo Ozaki, 1994; Ian Baker-Finch, 1995; Arnold Palmer, 2000; Camilo Villegas, 2007; Henrik Stenson, 2012

Some big numbers in there, and nothing better than a seven.

All told, it adds up to 169 shots.

One-hundred and sixty-nine! Or, to put it another way, 97-OVER-PAR! Out in 78; back in 91.


Incidentally, for those of you wondering, the best cumulative score in the Masters is just 32. Out in 16, back in 16, with nothing worse than a two on the card.

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