Golf Major Winners

Gary Player & Arnold Palmer

The 4 Majors of world golf are:

The Open Championship – Tournament record score: −19 Tiger Woods (2000). Prize Money: £1,150,000.

Masters Tournament – Tournament record score: −18 Tiger Woods (1997), Jordan Spieth (2015). Prize Money: $1,800,000.

U.S. Open – Tournament record score: –16 Rory McIlroy (2011). Prize Money: $1,800,000.

PGA Championship – Tournament record score: −20 Jason Day (2015). Prize Money: $1,800,000.

 

212 men have won at least one of Golf’s 435 editions of major tournaments. Jack Nicklaus with 18 holds the most wins. Tiger Woods (14 wins) & Walter Hagen (11) are the only other men with 10 or more Major wins. A further ten men have won more than 5 Majors: Ben Hogan; Gary Player; Tom Watson; Gene Sarazen; Arnold Palmer; Sam Snead; Bobby Jones; Harry Vardon; Lee Trevino & Nick Faldo. Fully 131 or 61.8% of Major winners have only won one tournament.

Distribution of Major Winners

262 or 60.2% of Major winners have been Americans. Scotland have won 55 or 12.6% of all Majors. With a population of just 5.4 million Scotland have won 1 major for every 98,181.8 people to the United States’ 1 major for every 1,217,175.5 people. Jersey, with a population of 99,500, and 9 Majors, though, has provided 1 major win for every 11,055.5 people.

Interestingly, Scotland have never produced a PGA Championship winner. Only 4 countries have produced a winner in each of the 4 Majors – the United States; England; South Africa & Australia. Ian Woosnam remains the only Welshman to win a Major gold championship. Of Australia’s 11 Major winners only 3 have won multiple championships – Peter Thomson (5); David Graham (2) & Greg Norman (2).  Of South Africa’s 7 Major winners fully 4 have won multiple championships – Gary Player (9); Ernie Els (4); Bobby Locke (4) & Retief Goosen (2).

Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player 1963

Jack Nicklaus Major Wins

Masters Tournament 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986
U.S. Open 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980
The Open Championship 1966, 1970, 1978
PGA Championship 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980

Tiger Woods Major Wins

Masters Tournament 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005
U.S. Open 2000, 2002, 2008
The Open Championship 2000, 2005, 2006
PGA Championship 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007

Walter Hagen Major Wins

U.S. Open 1914, 1919
The Open Championship 1922, 1924, 1928, 1929
PGA Championship 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927

The only 5 men who have won every Major at least once are:

Jack Nicklaus; Tiger Woods; Ben Hogan; Gary Player & Gene Sarazen.

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