KOHLER, Wis. (WFRV) — Only 24 people have posted a 63 in a Major Championship. Hiroshi Iwata became the 25 individual to accomplish that score Friday at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
Iwata entered the round at 5-over par and 11 shots out of the lead. By the end of his round, he was 4-under and near the top of the leaderboard. Iwata shot a 29 on the back nine, with birdies on five holes and an eagle on the par-5 11th.
“On the back nine, after No. 13, I was thinking that I’m going to shoot 27,” he said.
A 63 also breaks the Whistling Straits course record. The previous record was held by W.C. Liang, who shot a 64 during the 2010 PGA Championship.
Iwata noted how different the playing conditions were at Whistling Straits between Thursday and Friday. Playing in the afternoon Thursday, Iwata shot a 77 and didn’t have a birdie.
“Yesterday the wind was so strong and the green was really hard that I can’t stop the balls with the wedges.” he said.
Iwata is No. 2 on the Japan Golf Tour Money List and also had a win earlier this season.
“When I came to here, I was thinking that to just make my golf better and better, and on Sunday probably I can be in the top-10,” he said.