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Steven LynchMarch 3, 2015
Greg Norman shot a 63 on his way to winning the claret jug at Turnberry in 1986 © Getty Images
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Has anyone shot a round better than 63 at the British Open? And who has shot in the 60s most often - Jack Nicklaus? asked Bryce Davidson

No one has yet shot a round below 63 in any of the four men's majors. Eight of them have come at the British Open, the first 63 being shot as late as 1977, by the American Mark Hayes at Turnberry.

Isao Aoki equalled that at Muirfield in 1980, then Greg Norman shot a 63 on his way to winning the claret jug at Turnberry in 1986.

Paul Broadhurst's 63 at St Andrews in 1990 was followed the following year by one by Jodie Mudd's, then at St George's, Sandwich, in 1993 both Nick Faldo (who finished second) and Payne Stewart (12th) carded 63s. Rory McIlroy joined the club at St Andrews in 2010.

The man with the most sub-70 rounds at the British Open is Ernie Els, with 39. Four of those came in 2004, when he eventually lost in a playoff to Todd Hamilton, and four more in 1993, when remarkably he only ended up sixth!

The only other men to shoot four sub-70 rounds at the Open but not win it are Jesper Parnevik, who lost by a stroke to Nick Price in 1994, and Rickie Fowler, who finished two shots behind Rory McIlroy in 2014.

Nick Faldo carded 37 rounds of 69 or under, and Jack Nicklaus 33.

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