What Is the Lowest Score Ever Recorded at the Old Course at St. Andrews and Who Shot It?

Golfers have been knocking it around the links of St. Andrews for more than 600 years. The iconic venue has hosted 29 Open Championships, as the major tournament makes a stop in Fife, Scotland every five years.

Millions of golf rounds have been played at the Old Course over the last six centuries, but only one man is lucky enough to still hold the course record. So, what is the lowest score ever recorded at St. Andrews and who shot it?

What is the lowest score in St. Andrews history and who shot it?

The St. Andrews clubhouse.
The St. Andrews clubhouse before the start of the 144th Open Championship at The Old Course | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Bobby Jones. Sam Snead. Jack Nicklaus. Seve Ballesteros. Nick Faldo. Tiger Woods.

These are just a few of the golf legends who have conquered the Old Course at St. Andrews to win the Open Championship over the years. But none of them hold the title of course record holder.

That belongs to Englishman Ross Fisher, who’s currently ranked No. 325 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

In 2015, Fisher set the Old Course scoring record with a blistering 11-under 61 in the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The craziest part? It could’ve been even lower.

Fisher torched the front nine with seven birdies and two pars, and he birdied four straight on the back nine to get to 11 under with three holes to play. After putting his tee shot on the par-4 18th hole just short of the green, he played his second shot to four feet. Unfortunately for Fisher, he missed the short birdie putt for a 60 and settled for a 61.

Before Fisher, Curtis Strange, Brian Davis, and six others shared the Old Course record of 62. Fisher is the only player ever to shoot 61 at St. Andrews in competition.

Considering the major championship scoring record is 63, it’s unlikely we’ll see anyone break Fisher’s course record this year. But with tame winds projected for most of the week, maybe we’ll see some magic happen with the most talented field in Open Championship history.

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