What Is Golf's Maximum Per-Hole Number of Strokes?

The number of strokes a player may take on a particular hole during medal play is not restricted by the Rules of Golf because every stroke counts toward your final score.

When Tommy Armour created a relatively historic mess on the par-5 17th hole at Shawnee CC during the 1927 Shawnee Open, the PGA Tour record for most strokes taken on one course was 23. 

 The Scottish-American, who completed the career Grand Slam by winning three of its legs, lost 10 balls,

which meant that he would have needed to play 19 shots from the tee before making a "regulation par" with his eleventh ball.

More recently, John Daly, when attempting to clear the same lake that Bryson DeChambeau made famous in 2021, ran up an 18 at Bay Hill's 6th hole in 1998 when he kept hitting the drink.

Additionally, Kevin Na's 16 at the 2011 Texas Open occurred when the American was unable to escape the rough despite only requiring one putt.


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