2013 PGA: Webb Simpson on verge of breaking major championship scoring record

Rob Carr

On a soggy and gettable Oak Hill layout, we may see some history on Friday at the PGA.

Will we finally see the majors scoring record of 63 fall on Friday at Oak Hill? After some discussion of Adam Scott breaking through with a 62 on Thursday night, we're back again Friday and Webb Simpson is now a serious threat to break the record. Simpson is 7-under on the par-70 course with just three holes to play. He needs just one more birdie in those last three holes to set the new record. At 5-under, he's now just two shots off the lead of Adam Scott.

The belly putter has had an up-and-down season, but he was solid last week at Firestone and set the pace early with an opening round of 64. But this round, on a major championship layout, is in an entirely different setting and record. He's also got a very good shot to break the course record of 64, held by Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange. Matching that record would only require him to par out on the final three holes.

There have been 25 rounds of 63 in the majors, but despite several recent threats, no one can seem to go lower. There have been 11 rounds of 63 fired in the PGA, which isn't hellbent on protecting par like the USGA is at the U.S. Open. The most famous 63 is, of course, Johnny Miller's ridiculous round at Oakmont on Sunday in the 1973 U.S. Open.

Simpson is one of the most talented young American players in the world, and if that anchored stroke is working, he'll always be on the first page of the leaderboard. Now he has just three holes to make history.

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