List of men's major championships winning golfers

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The men's major golf championships, also known simply as the majors, are the four most prestigious events in professional golf.[1] The competitions are the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, the The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, contested annually in that order. Should the same golfer win all four majors in one year, this would be recognized as a grand slam; no one has completed this feat, although Tiger Woods has held all four majors at once, a feat dubbed the Tiger Slam.[2]

Jack Nicklaus has won 18 men's major golf championships, more than any other golfer.

Jack Nicklaus holds the record for winning the most majors, winning 18 during his career.[3] Second on the list is Tiger Woods, who has won 14 majors to date; his most recent major victory was at the 2008 U.S. Open.[4] Walter Hagen is third with 11 majors;[5] he and Nicklaus have both won the most PGA Championships with five.[6] Nicklaus also holds the record for the most victories in the Masters, winning the competition six times.[7] Nicklaus also shares the record for the most U.S. Open victories with Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan, each winning this competition four times.[8] Harry Vardon holds the record for the most Open Championship victories, winning six times during his career.[9]

Although the U.S. Amateur Championship and the Amateur Championship were once considered to be majors,[10] they are no longer recognized as such, and successes in these competitions are not included in the list.

By golfer[edit]

Men's major championship winning golfers
Rank Country Golfer Winning span Masters U.S. Open The Open PGA Total
1  United States Nicklaus, JackJack Nicklaus 1962–1986 6 4 3 5 18
2  United States Woods, TigerTiger Woods 1997–2008 4 3 3 4 14
3  United States Hagen, WalterWalter Hagen 1914–1929 0 2 4 5 11
4  United States Hogan, BenBen Hogan 1946–1953 2 4 1 2 9
4  South Africa Player, GaryGary Player 1959–1978 3 1 3 2 9
6  United States Watson, TomTom Watson 1975–1983 2 1 5 0 8
7  United States Sarazen, GeneGene Sarazen 1922–1935 1 2 1 3 7
7  United States Palmer, ArnoldArnold Palmer 1958–1964 4 1 2 0 7
7  United States Snead, SamSam Snead 1942–1954 3 0 1 3 7
7  United States Jones, BobbyBobby Jones 1923–1930 0 4 3 0 7
7  Jersey Vardon, HarryHarry Vardon 1896–1914 0 1 6 0 7
12  United States Trevino, LeeLee Trevino 1968–1984 0 2 2 2 6
12  England Faldo, NickNick Faldo 1987–1996 3 0 3 0 6
14  United States Mickelson, PhilPhil Mickelson 2004–2013 3 0 1 1 5
14  United States Nelson, ByronByron Nelson 1937–1945 2 1 0 2 5
14  Spain Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros 1979–1988 2 0 3 0 5
14  Scotland Braid, JamesJames Braid 1901–1910 0 0 5 0 5
14  England Taylor, John HenryJohn Henry Taylor 1894–1913 0 0 5 0 5
14  Australia Thomson, PeterPeter Thomson 1954–1965 0 0 5 0 5
20  United States Floyd, RaymondRaymond Floyd 1969–1986 1 1 0 2 4
20  Scotland Anderson, WillieWillie Anderson 1901–1905 0 4 0 0 4
20  South Africa Els, ErnieErnie Els 1994–2012 0 2 2 0 4
20  England Barnes, JimJim Barnes 1916–1925 0 1 1 2 4
20  Northern Ireland McIlroy, RoryRory McIlroy 2011–2014 0 1 1 2 4
20  South Africa Locke, BobbyBobby Locke 1949–1957 0 0 4 0 4
20  Scotland Morris, Sr., TomTom Morris, Sr. 1861–1867 0 0 4 0 4
20  Scotland Morris, Jr., TomTom Morris, Jr. 1868–1872 0 0 4 0 4
20  Scotland Park, Sr., WillieWillie Park, Sr. 1860–1875 0 0 4 0 4
29  United States Demaret, JimmyJimmy Demaret 1940–1950 3 0 0 0 3
29  United States Middlecoff, CaryCary Middlecoff 1949–1956 1 2 0 0 3
29  United States Guldahl, RalphRalph Guldahl 1937–1939 1 2 0 0 3
29  United States Casper, BillyBilly Casper 1959–1970 1 2 0 0 3
29  Fiji Singh, VijayVijay Singh 1998–2004 1 0 0 2 3
29  United States Irwin, HaleHale Irwin 1974–1990 0 3 0 0 3
29  United States Boros, JuliusJulius Boros 1952–1968 0 2 0 1 3
29  United States Stewart, PaynePayne Stewart 1989–1999 0 2 0 1 3
29  United States Nelson, LarryLarry Nelson 1981–1987 0 1 0 2 3
29  United States Armour, TommyTommy Armour 1927–1931 0 1 1 1 3
29  Scotland Anderson, JamesJames Anderson 1877–1879 0 0 3 0 3
29  England Cotton, HenryHenry Cotton 1934–1948 0 0 3 0 3
29  Scotland Ferguson, BobBob Ferguson 1880–1882 0 0 3 0 3
29  Ireland Harrington, PádraigPádraig Harrington 2007–2008 0 0 2 1 3
29  Zimbabwe Price, NickNick Price 1992–1994 0 0 1 2 3
29  United States Shute, DennyDenny Shute 1933–1937 0 0 1 2 3
45  United States Crenshaw, BenBen Crenshaw 1984–1995 2 0 0 0 2
45  Germany Langer, BernhardBernhard Langer 1985–1993 2 0 0 0 2
45  Spain Olazábal, José MaríaJosé María Olazábal 1994–1999 2 0 0 0 2
45  United States Smith, HortonHorton Smith 1934–1936 2 0 0 0 2
45  United States Watson, BubbaBubba Watson 2012–2014 2 0 0 0 2
45  Argentina Cabrera, ÁngelÁngel Cabrera 2007–2009 1 1 0 0 2
45  United States Wood, CraigCraig Wood 1941 1 1 0 0 2
45  United States Zoeller, FuzzyFuzzy Zoeller 1979–1984 1 1 0 0 2
45  Scotland Lyle, SandySandy Lyle 1985–1988 1 0 1 0 2
45  United States O'Meara, MarkMark O'Meara 1998 1 0 1 0 2
45  United States Burke, Jr., JackJack Burke, Jr. 1956 1 0 0 1 2
45  United States Ford, DougDoug Ford 1955–1957 1 0 0 1 2
45  United States Picard, HenryHenry Picard 1938–1939 1 0 0 1 2
45  South Africa Goosen, RetiefRetief Goosen 2001–2004 0 2 0 0 2
45  United States Janzen, LeeLee Janzen 1993–1998 0 2 0 0 2
45  United States McDermott, JohnJohn McDermott 1911–1912 0 2 0 0 2
45  United States North, AndyAndy North 1978–1985 0 2 0 0 2
45  Scotland Smith, AlexAlex Smith 1906–1910 0 2 0 0 2
45  United States Strange, CurtisCurtis Strange 1988–1989 0 2 0 0 2
45  England Jacklin, TonyTony Jacklin 1969–1970 0 1 1 0 2
45  United States Miller, JohnnyJohnny Miller 1973–1976 0 1 1 0 2
45  Jersey Ray, TedTed Ray 1912–1920 0 1 1 0 2
45  United States Dutra, OlinOlin Dutra 1932–1934 0 1 0 1 2
45  Australia Graham, DavidDavid Graham 1979–1981 0 1 0 1 2
45  United States Green, HubertHubert Green 1977–1985 0 1 0 1 2
45  Germany Kaymer, MartinMartin Kaymer 2010–2014 0 1 0 1 2
45  England Hilton, HaroldHarold Hilton 1892–1897 0 0 2 0 2
45  Scotland Martin, BobBob Martin 1876–1885 0 0 2 0 2
45  Australia Norman, GregGreg Norman 1986–1993 0 0 2 0 2
45  Scotland Park, Jr., WillieWillie Park, Jr. 1887–1889 0 0 2 0 2
45  United States Daly, JohnJohn Daly 1991–1995 0 0 1 1 2
45  United States Hutchison, JockJock Hutchison 1920–1921 0 0 1 1 2
45  United States Diegel, LeoLeo Diegel 1928–1929 0 0 0 2 2
45  United States Runyan, PaulPaul Runyan 1934–1938 0 0 0 2 2
45  United States Stockton, DaveDave Stockton 1970–1976 0 0 0 2 2
80  United States Aaron, TommyTommy Aaron 1973 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Archer, GeorgeGeorge Archer 1969 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Brewer, GayGay Brewer 1967 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Coody, CharlesCharles Coody 1971 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Couples, FredFred Couples 1992 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Goalby, BobBob Goalby 1968 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Harmon, ClaudeClaude Harmon 1948 1 0 0 0 1
80  South Africa Immelman, TrevorTrevor Immelman 2008 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Johnson, ZachZach Johnson 2007 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Keiser, HermanHerman Keiser 1946 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Mize, LarryLarry Mize 1987 1 0 0 0 1
80  South Africa Schwartzel, CharlCharl Schwartzel 2011 1 0 0 0 1
80  Australia Scott, AdamAdam Scott 2013 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Stadler, CraigCraig Stadler 1982 1 0 0 0 1
80  United States Wall, Jr., ArtArt Wall, Jr. 1959 1 0 0 0 1
80  Canada Weir, MikeMike Weir 2003 1 0 0 0 1
80  Wales Woosnam, IanIan Woosnam 1991 1 0 0 0 1
80  Scotland Auchterlonie, LaurieLaurie Auchterlonie 1902 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Bolt, TommyTommy Bolt 1958 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Burke, BillyBilly Burke 1931 0 1 0 0 1
80  New Zealand Campbell, MichaelMichael Campbell 2005 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Evans, ChickChick Evans 1916 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Farrell, JohnnyJohnny Farrell 1928 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Fleck, JackJack Fleck 1955 0 1 0 0 1
80  Scotland Foulis, JamesJames Foulis 1896 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Furgol, EdEd Furgol 1954 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Furyk, JimJim Furyk 2003 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Glover, LucasLucas Glover 2009 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Goodman, JohnnyJohnny Goodman 1933 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Graham, LouLou Graham 1975 0 1 0 0 1
80  Scotland Herd, FredFred Herd 1898 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Jones, SteveSteve Jones 1996 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Kite, TomTom Kite 1992 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Little, LawsonLawson Little 1940 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Littler, GeneGene Littler 1961 0 1 0 0 1
80  England Lloyd, JoeJoe Lloyd 1897 0 1 0 0 1
80  Scotland Macfarlane, WillieWillie Macfarlane 1925 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Manero, TonyTony Manero 1936 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Mangrum, LloydLloyd Mangrum 1946 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Mayer, DickDick Mayer 1957 0 1 0 0 1
80  Northern Ireland McDowell, GraemeGraeme McDowell 2010 0 1 0 0 1
80  Scotland McLeod, FredFred McLeod 1908 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Moody, OrvilleOrville Moody 1969 0 1 0 0 1
80  Australia Ogilvy, GeoffGeoff Ogilvy 2006 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Ouimet, FrancisFrancis Ouimet 1913 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Parks, Jr., SamSam Parks, Jr. 1935 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Pate, JerryJerry Pate 1976 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Pavin, CoreyCorey Pavin 1995 0 1 0 0 1
80  England Rawlins, HoraceHorace Rawlins 1895 0 1 0 0 1
80  England Rose, JustinJustin Rose 2013 0 1 0 0 1
80  Scotland Ross, AlecAlec Ross 1907 0 1 0 0 1
80  England Sargent, GeorgeGeorge Sargent 1909 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Simpson, ScottScott Simpson 1987 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Simpson, WebbWebb Simpson 2012 0 1 0 0 1
80  Scotland Smith, WillieWillie Smith 1899 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Travers, JeromeJerome Travers 1915 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Venturi, KenKen Venturi 1964 0 1 0 0 1
80  England Walker, CyrilCyril Walker 1924 0 1 0 0 1
80  United States Worsham, LewLew Worsham 1947 0 1 0 0 1
80  Scotland Auchterlonie, WilliamWilliam Auchterlonie 1893 0 0 1 0 1
80  England Ball, JohnJohn Ball 1890 0 0 1 0 1
80  Australia Baker-Finch, IanIan Baker-Finch 1991 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Brown, DavidDavid Brown 1886 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Burns, JackJack Burns 1888 0 0 1 0 1
80  England Burton, DickDick Burton 1939 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Calcavecchia, MarkMark Calcavecchia 1989 0 0 1 0 1
80  New Zealand Charles, BobBob Charles 1963 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Cink, StewartStewart Cink 2009 0 0 1 0 1
80  Northern Ireland Clarke, DarrenDarren Clarke 2011 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Curtis, BenBen Curtis 2003 0 0 1 0 1
80  Northern Ireland Daly, FredFred Daly 1947 0 0 1 0 1
80  Argentina DeVicenzo, RobertoRoberto DeVicenzo 1967 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Duncan, GeorgeGeorge Duncan 1920 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Duval, DavidDavid Duval 2001 0 0 1 0 1
80  England Faulkner, MaxMax Faulkner 1951 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Fernie, WillieWillie Fernie 1883 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Hamilton, ToddTodd Hamilton 2004 0 0 1 0 1
80  England Havers, ArthurArthur Havers 1923 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Herd, SandySandy Herd 1902 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Kidd, TomTom Kidd 1873 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Kirkaldy, HughHugh Kirkaldy 1891 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Lawrie, PaulPaul Lawrie 1999 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Lehman, TomTom Lehman 1996 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Lema, TonyTony Lema 1964 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Leonard, JustinJustin Leonard 1997 0 0 1 0 1
80  France Massy, ArnaudArnaud Massy 1907 0 0 1 0 1
80  Australia Nagle, KelKel Nagle 1960 0 0 1 0 1
80  South Africa Oosthuizen, LouisLouis Oosthuizen 2010 0 0 1 0 1
80  England Padgham, AlfAlf Padgham 1936 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Park, MungoMungo Park 1874 0 0 1 0 1
80  England Perry, AlfAlf Perry 1935 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Rogers, BillBill Rogers 1981 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Simpson, JackJack Simpson 1884 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland Strath, AndrewAndrew Strath 1865 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Weiskopf, TomTom Weiskopf 1973 0 0 1 0 1
80  England Whitcombe, RegReg Whitcombe 1938 0 0 1 0 1
80  Scotland White, JackJack White 1904 0 0 1 0 1
80  United States Azinger, PaulPaul Azinger 1993 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Barber, JerryJerry Barber 1961 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Beem, RichRich Beem 2002 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Bradley, KeeganKeegan Bradley 2011 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Brooks, MarkMark Brooks 1996 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Burkemo, WalterWalter Burkemo 1953 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Creavy, TomTom Creavy 1931 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Dufner, JasonJason Dufner 2013 0 0 0 1 1
80  Australia Elkington, SteveSteve Elkington 1995 0 0 0 1 1
80  Australia Ferrier, JimJim Ferrier 1947 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Finsterwald, DowDow Finsterwald 1958 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Geiberger, AlAl Geiberger 1966 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Ghezzi, VicVic Ghezzi 1941 0 0 0 1 1
80  Australia Grady, WayneWayne Grady 1990 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Hamilton, BobBob Hamilton 1944 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Harbert, ChickChick Harbert 1954 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Harper, ChandlerChandler Harper 1950 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Hebert, JayJay Hebert 1960 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Hebert, LionelLionel Hebert 1957 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States January, DonDon January 1967 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Love III, DavisDavis Love III 1997 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Mahaffey, JohnJohn Mahaffey 1978 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Marr, DaveDave Marr 1965 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Micheel, ShaunShaun Micheel 2003 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Nichols, BobbyBobby Nichols 1964 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Revolta, JohnnyJohnny Revolta 1935 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Rosburg, BobBob Rosburg 1959 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Sluman, JeffJeff Sluman 1988 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Sutton, HalHal Sutton 1983 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Toms, DavidDavid Toms 2001 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Turnesa, JimJim Turnesa 1952 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Tway, BobBob Tway 1986 0 0 0 1 1
80  United States Wadkins, LannyLanny Wadkins 1977 0 0 0 1 1
80  South Korea Yong-eun, YangYang Yong-eun 2009 0 0 0 1 1

By country[edit]

Men's major championship winning golfers by country
Country Masters U.S. Open The Open PGA Total
 United States 58 80 42 79 259
 Scotland 1 12 41 0 54
 England 3 8 22 2 35
 South Africa 5 5 10 2 22
 Australia 1 2 9 4 16
 Jersey 0 2 7 0 9
 Northern Ireland 0 2 3 2 7
 Spain 4 0 3 0 7
 Germany 2 1 0 1 4
 Argentina 1 1 1 0 3
 Fiji 1 0 0 2 3
 Ireland 0 0 2 1 3
 Zimbabwe 0 0 1 2 3
 New Zealand 0 1 1 0 2
 Canada 1 0 0 0 1
 France 0 0 1 0 1
 South Korea 0 0 0 1 1
 Wales 1 0 0 0 1

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

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