Activities Sports & Athletics The Worst Single-Hole Scores Ever by Pro Golfers Including the Highest Scores on One Hole for the PGA Tour Share PINTEREST Email Print John Daly once made an 18 on a single hole in a PGA Tour tournament. Grant Halverson/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Golf History Basics Gear Golf Courses Famous Golfers Golf Tournaments Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated April 11, 2018 The worst score ever on a single hole in a PGA Tour tournament was a whopping 23, and a Hall of Famer and golf legend holds the record. Worst Single-Hole PGA Tour Scores 23 - Tommy Armour on par-5 at 1927 Shawnee Open19 - Ray Ainsley on par-4 in 1938 U.S. Open19 - Hans Merrell on par-4 in 1959 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am19 - Dale Douglass on par-4 in 1963 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am18 - John Daly on par-5 at 1998 Bay Hill Invitational17 - George Bayer in 1957 Kentucky Derby Open16 - Kevin Na on par-4 at 2011 Valero Texas Open16 - Gary McCord on par-5 at 1986 FedEx St. Jude Classic16 - Ed Oliver on par-3 at 1954 Bing Crosby Pro-Am This is, as far as is known, the full list of scores of 16 and higher on a single hole in PGA Tour history. Some surprising names on the list, eh? And some that are...not so surprising. A few notes: Armour's "leading" score of 23 happened one week after he won the 1927 U.S. Open. Armour dubbed the score of 18-over par an archaeopteryx, after a bird-like dinosaur. How did it happen? The Silver Scot hit 10 consecutive drives out of bounds.Daly's 18 happened on the sixth hole at Bay Hill and was earned by putting six balls into the water. Daly, by the way, also has single-hole scores of 14 and 13 in his career.Bayer's 17 was truly self-inflicted. He was angry over poor play, and decided to punish himself by using a 7-iron to chip the ball the entire length of the hole. This temper tantrum got him a $200 fine and a 90-day suspension from the PGA Tour.Na's 16 started with a drive way right into the trees and Texas scrub brush, and included a couple unplayables and a penalty for the ball hitting the player. Single-Hole High Scores on the European Tour On the European Tour, the worst single-hole scores are: 20 - Philippe Porquier on par-3 at 1978 French Open17 - Andrey Pavlov, 2015 Lyoness Open17 - Chris Gane at 2003 Diageo Championship at Gleneagles Other Tours and Majors On other tours, Mitsuhiro Tateyama scored 19 on a par-3 during the 2006 Acom International on the Japan Tour. The highest single-hole score recorded in a U.S. Open is, as noted in the PGA Tour list above, a 19 scored by Ray Ainsley on a par-4 in the 1938 U.S. Open. How did it happen? Ainsley hit his ball into a creek and, apparently, didn't know the rules. Instead of taking a penalty and dropping, he kept trying to hit the ball out of the water. Bad idea! The highest single-hole score in The Masters is 13, recorded twice. Tommy Nakajima was the first, scoring 13 on the par-4 13th hole in 1978. And Tom Weiskopf made 13 on the the par-3 No. 12 in 1980.