List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins
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. 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. 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.
|Rank||Name[a]||Year of birth
|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
|Johnny Miller H||1947–||United States||2||1971–1994||24|
|Macdonald Smith||1892–1949|| Scotland
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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|
- 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.
- Major championship wins are counted using the modern definition of The Open Championship, the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters Tournament.
- 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.
- 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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