List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins

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This is a list of the fifty golfers who have won the most official (or later deemed historically significant) money events on the PGA Tour.[1][2][3] It is led by Sam Snead and Tiger Woods with 82 each.

Many players won important events early in the 20th century, prior to the formation of the tour, with records being kept by the PGA of America. At various times, the PGA Tour has reassessed the status of some tournaments. In the 1980s, the significance of all historical tournaments was reassessed by golf historians, working together with PGA Tour staff, during the course of a major statistical research project.[4] The The Open Championship was first recognized as an official tour event in 1995, and in 2002, all victories in earlier Open Championships were classified as official PGA Tour wins.

Accumulating 20 wins is significant, because it is one of the requirements for "life membership" on the PGA Tour. This means that the golfer does not need to requalify for membership on the tour each year by finishing in the top 125 on the money list (starting in 2013, top 125 on the FedEx Cup points list), or through an exemption for tournament victories. Many golfers struggle to do this through their late-40s, but those with 20 wins avoid this problem. However, life members are required to maintain a certain (relatively modest) standard of play to retain their playing privileges: when they can no longer do so, they are moved into the "Past champions" membership category, effectively becoming honorary members.

Since 1975, only three players have won PGA Tour events after their 50th birthday, the age at which golfers become eligible to compete on PGA Tour Champions: Craig Stadler won in 2003 at age 50, Fred Funk won in 2007 at age 50, and Davis Love III won in 2015 at age 51. Sam Snead is the oldest to win a PGA event, at age 52, in 1965. Others who have won PGA Tour events past age 50 include Jim Barnes, John Barnum, and Art Wall Jr.

The list is complete as of September 13, 2020.[1]

Rank Name[a] Year of birth
and death
Country Wins Majors[b] Winning
span
Span
(years)
1 Sam Snead H 1912–2002  United States 82 7 1936–1965 30
Tiger Woods H 1975–  United States 15 1996–2019 24
3 Jack Nicklaus H 1940–  United States 73 18 1962–1986 25
4 Ben Hogan H 1912–1997  United States 64 9 1938–1959 22
5 Arnold Palmer H 1929–2016  United States 62 7 1955–1973 19
6 Byron Nelson H 1912–2006  United States 52 5 1935–1951 17
7 Billy Casper H 1931–2015  United States 51 3 1956–1975 20
8 Walter Hagen H 1892–1969  United States 45 11 1914–1936 23
9 Phil Mickelson H 1970–  United States 44 5 1991–2019 29
10 Cary Middlecoff H 1921–1998  United States 39 3 1945–1961 17
Tom Watson H 1949–  United States 8 1974–1998 25
12 Gene Sarazen H 1902–1999  United States 38 7 1922–1941 20
13 Lloyd Mangrum H 1914–1973  United States 36 1 1940–1956 17
14 Vijay Singh H 1963–  Fiji 34 3 1993–2008 16
15 Jimmy Demaret H 1910–1983  United States 31 3 1938–1957 20
16 Horton Smith H 1908–1963  United States 30 2 1928–1941 14
17 Harry Cooper H 1904–2000  United States[c] 29 0 1923–1939 17
Gene Littler H 1930–2019  United States 1 1954–1977 24
Lee Trevino H 1939–  United States 6 1968–1984 17
20 Leo Diegel H 1899–1951  United States 28 2 1920–1934 15
Paul Runyan H 1908–2002  United States 2 1930–1941 12
22 Henry Picard H 1906–1997  United States 26 2 1932–1945 14
23 Tommy Armour H 1894–1968  Scotland
 United States
25 3 1920–1938 19
Johnny Miller H 1947–  United States 2 1971–1994 24
Macdonald Smith 1892–1949  Scotland
 United States
0 1912–1936 25
26 Dustin Johnson 1984–  United States 24 2 2008–2020 13
Gary Player H 1935–  South Africa 9 1958–1978 21
28 Jim Barnes H 1886–1966  England
 United States[d]
22 4 1914–1937 24
Johnny Farrell 1901–1988  United States 1 1921–1936 16
Raymond Floyd H 1942–  United States 4 1963–1992 30
31 Davis Love III H 1964–  United States 21 1 1987–2015 29
Willie Macfarlane 1890–1961  Scotland
 United States
1 1916–1936 21
Lanny Wadkins H 1949–  United States 1 1972–1992 21
Craig Wood H 1901–1968  United States 2 1928–1944 17
35 Hale Irwin H 1945–  United States 20 3 1971–1994 24
Greg Norman H 1955–  Australia 2 1984–1997 14
Johnny Revolta 1911–1991  United States 1 1933–1944 12
Doug Sanders 1933–2020  United States 0 1956–1972 17
39 Ben Crenshaw H 1952–  United States 19 2 1973–1995 23
Ernie Els H 1969–  South Africa 4 1994–2012 19
Doug Ford H 1922–2018  United States 2 1952–1963 12
Hubert Green H 1946–2018  United States 2 1971–1985 15
Tom Kite H 1949–  United States 1 1976–1993 18
Bill Mehlhorn 1898–1989  United States 0 1923–1930 8
45 Julius Boros H 1920–1994  United States 18 3 1952–1968 17
Jim Ferrier 1915–1986  Australia
 United States
1 1944–1961 18
Dutch Harrison 1910–1982  United States 0 1939–1958 20
Rory McIlroy 1989–  Northern Ireland 4 2010–2019 10
Nick Price H 1957–  Zimbabwe 3 1983–2002 20
50 Bobby Cruickshank 1894–1975  Scotland
 United States
17 0 1921–1936 16
Jim Furyk 1970–  United States 1 1995–2015 21
Harold "Jug" McSpaden 1908–1996  United States 0 1933–1945 13
Curtis Strange H 1955–  United States 2 1979–1989 11
  1. ^ Players with the same number of wins are listed alphabetically; players under 50 years of age are shown in bold; members of the World Golf Hall of Fame are indicated by H.
  2. ^ Major championship wins are counted using the modern definition of The Open Championship, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters Tournament.
  3. ^ Harry Cooper was born in England, but grew up in Dallas, Texas, and became a U.S. citizen before starting his professional career. However, he was not allowed to compete for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup. U.S. citizens born outside the country, even if they were born with only U.S. citizenship, were not eligible to represent the U.S. in the Ryder Cup until 2002. Even today, those who naturalize after age 18 are ineligible for Team USA.
  4. ^ Jim Barnes was born in England, but became a U.S. citizen soon after moving to the United States in 1906.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Most career wins (top 50)". PGA Tour. Retrieved September 26, 2020.
  2. ^ "Most all-time PGA Tour Wins". PGA Tour, Inc. December 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Most Career Wins on the PGA Tour". About.com. December 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Barkow, Al (November 1989). The History of the PGA TOUR. Doubleday. pp. 200-298. ISBN 0-385-26145-4.