Who has the most Golf Majors in the world currently? A ranked list

Who has the most Golf Majors in the world currently? A ranked list

Steve Njuguna
updated at December 2, 2023 at 6:04 AM

The Golf Majors consist of the PGA Championships, the Masters, the US Open, and the Open Championships. Only elite golfers consistently win these four tournaments. This article looks at the golfers with the most golf majors wins of all time.

The most Golf Majors in the world currently
Titleist golf ball pictured before the Open de Portugal at Royal Obidos & Golf Resort on September 13, 2023, in Obidos, Portugal. Photo by Octavio Passos
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Winning all four Majors tournaments is what is described as a ' Grand Slam'. Only five golfers have achieved this feat: Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Gene Sarazen. Consequentially, they also rank highly in the list of players with the most golf majors of all time>

Who has won the most Golf Majors?

The list of the players with the most golf majors is led by legendary American golfer Jack Nicklaus, who won 18 titles in a spell between 1962 and 1986. Here is a list of the top golfers ranked in terms of number of majors.

Jack Nicklaus
Jack Nicklaus raises his putter in front of a large gallery during the 1986 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Photo by Augusta National
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Joint 8th: Arnold Palmer (USA)

  • Masters: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964 (4 titles)
  • U.S. Open: 1960 (1 title)
  • The Open Championship: 1961, 1962 (2 titles)
  • PGA Championship: 1960 (1 title)
  • Total Majors: 7
Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer watches his putt during a tournament in the early 1960s. Photo by Art Rickerby/Diamond Images
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Palmer, known as "The King," was a charismatic and influential figure in golf. He won seven major championships, including two Masters, two Open Championships, and one U.S. Open. Palmer's impact extended beyond the golf course, as he played a key role in popularising the sport.

Joint 8th: Sam Snead (USA)

  • Masters: 1949, 1952, 1954 (3 titles)
  • The Open Championship: 1946 (1 title)
  • PGA Championship: 1942, 1949, 1951 (3 titles)
  • Total Majors: 7
Sam Snead
Sam Snead lines up a putt during the Masters Tournament but lost in the final round to Ralph Guldahl, Augusta, in Georgia, in 1939. Photo by Underwood Archives
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Snead had a remarkably long and successful career, winning seven major championships, including three Masters, three PGA Championships, and one Open Championship. He holds the joint record for the most PGA Tour victories with 82.

Joint 8th: Gene Sarazen (USA)

  • Masters: 1935 (1 title)
  • U.S. Open: 1922 (1 title)
  • The Open Championship: 1932 (1 title)
  • PGA Championship: 1922, 1923 (2 titles)
  • Total Majors: 6

Sarazen, known as "The Squire," was one of the early golfing legends. He won seven major championships, including three PGA Championships, one U.S. Open, one Open Championship, and one Masters. Sarazen is famous for his "shot heard round the world" at the 1935 Masters.

Joint 8th: Bobby Jones (USA)

  • The US Open: 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930
  • The Open Championships: 1926, 1927, 1930
Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones drives off at St Andrews in 1928, where he won the British Open Golf Championship with a record score of 285. Photo by Kirby/Topical Press Agency
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Bobby Jones had an illustrious amateur career. He won the U.S. Amateur Championship five times (1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930), the U.S Open four times (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930), and The Open Championship three times (1926, 1927, 1930). Jones co-founded Augusta National Golf Club in 1933, home to the prestigious Masters Tournament. The first Masters was held in 1934, and Jones played a crucial role in shaping the tournament.

7th: Harry Vardon (USA)

  • The Open Championship: 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914 (6 titles)
  • The US Open: 1900
Harry Vardon
Harry Vardon during a game in 1927. Photo by Central Press
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Vardon won his first Open Championship in 1896, and he went on to secure a total of six Open Championships during his career (1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914). He was known for his exceptional ball-striking and putting ability.

6th: Tom Watson (USA)

  • Masters: 1977, 1981 (2 titles)
  • U.S. Open: 1982 (1 title)
  • The Open Championship: 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983 (5 titles)
  • PGA Championship: 1978 (1 title)
  • Total Majors: 8

Watson had a storied career, winning eight major championships, including five Open Championships, two Masters, and one U.S. Open. He is known for his competitive spirit and memorable performances, particularly in The Open Championship.

Joint 4th: Gary Player (South Africa)

  • Masters: 1961, 1974, 1978 (3 titles)
  • U.S. Open: 1965 (1 title)
  • The Open Championship: 1959, 1968, 1974 (3 titles)
  • PGA Championship: 1962, 1972 (2 titles)
  • Total Majors: 9
Gary Player
Gary Player of South Africa on the driving range before the final round in the 42nd Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 1978. Photo by Peter Dazeley
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Known as the "Black Knight," Player is one of the most successful international golfers. He has won nine major championships, including three Masters, one U.S. Open, three Open Championships, and two PGA Championships. Player is also known for his fitness regimen and longevity in the sport.

Joint 4th: Ben Hogan (USA)

  • Masters: 1951, 1953 (2 titles)
  • U.S. Open: 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953 (4 titles)
  • The Open Championship: 1953 (1 title)
  • PGA Championship: 1946, 1948 (2 titles)
  • Total Majors: 9
Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan in action during the 1960 US Open. Photo by John G. Zimmerman/Sports Illustrated
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Hogan is considered one of the greatest ball-strikers in the history of golf. Despite a near-fatal car accident in 1949, he went on to win nine major championships, including four U.S. Opens, two Masters, one Open Championship, and two PGA Championships.

3rd: Walter Hagen (USA)

  • U.S. Open: 1914, 1919 (2 titles)
  • The Open Championship: 1922, 1924 (2 titles)
  • PGA Championship: 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927 (5 titles)
  • Total Majors: 11
Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen during a game in 1920. Photo by Thompson/Topical Press Agency
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Walter Hagen was born on December 21, 1892, in Rochester, New York. Hagen was a trailblazer in professional golf and won 11 major championships. He won five PGA Championships, four Open Championships, and two U.S. Opens.

2nd: Tiger Woods (USA)

  • Masters: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 (4 titles)
  • U.S. Open: 2000, 2002, 2008 (3 titles)
  • The Open Championship: 2000, 2005, 2006 (3 titles)
  • PGA Championship: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007 (4 titles)
  • Total Majors: 15
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods practices before the 2023 Masters. Photo by Ross Kinnaird
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Eldrick "Tiger" Woods was born on December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California. Woods turned professional in 1996 and quickly rose to dominance in the golf world. He has won 15 major championships, including four Masters, three U.S. Opens, three Open Championships, and four PGA Championships.

1st: Jack Nicklaus (USA)

  • Masters: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986 (6 titles)
  • U.S. Open: 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 (4 titles)
  • The Open Championship: 1966, 1970, 1978 (3 titles)
  • PGA Championship: 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975 (5 titles)
  • Total Majors: 18

Jack William Nicklaus was born in Columbus, Ohio, on January 21, 194. Known as the "Golden Bear," Nicklaus is widely regarded as the greatest golfer in history. He turned professional in 1961 and went on to win a record 18 major championships in a period of domination spanning between 1962 and 1980.

Which country has the most Golf Major wins?

The United States has the most Golf Major wins. As of November 2023, the country has produced 283 wins.

Who has won the most Golf Majors in a calendar year?

Bobby Jones holds this record, winning four majors in one year. He achieved the feat in 1930.

Who has the most PGA tour wins?

Tiger Woods and Sam Snead share this record, each having 82 all-time career PGA tour wins.

Who has won the most Golf Majors among active players?

Tiger Woods has the most Golf Majors among active players. He has fifteen wins.

Who has won the most Golf Majors among women players?

Patty Berg has the most Majors wins among women. She won a total of 15 events.

Winning the most golf majors is a preserve of the elite and supremely talented golfers from different eras of the sport. Legends like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have been immortalised by their dominance over 18 holes.

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