Who Has Won The Most Major Championships in Golf?

Published 05/24/2021, 7:57 AM EDT
AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 12: Tiger Woods of the United States watches his tee shot on the first hole during the final round of the 2015 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 12, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


On May 23, 2021, legendary golfer Phil Jackson won his sixth Major championship. It was his first win since 2013, and that places him 12th in the list for most majors won. And this has further sparked curiosity regarding which player has won the most major championships in the history of golf.

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#5: Ben Hogan

Coming in the fifth spot is American professional golfer Ben Hogan. Born in 1912, Hogan played for four decades and retired in 1971. During his career, Hogan had 69 wins, with nine of them coming at the Majors. He has won the US Open four times, which is tied for the most in golfing history. Hogan also served in the Army during World War II where he almost had a career-threatening accident.

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#4: Gary Player

Tied with Hogan on nine Majors is South African legend Gary Player, who is fourth in this list. The Hall of Famer turned professional in 1953, and had 160 wins in his career. 22 of those wins came in the PGA Tour. Player is the only non-American to have pulled off a career Grand Slam, which is winning all four majors in a career. Along with a legendary golfing career, he is also a renowned golf course architect.

#3: Walter Hagen

Walter Hagen ranks as number three on the list. Widely regarded as the ‘father of professional golf,’ Hagen started as a caddie before becoming one of the most successful golfers of all-time. He had 58 professional wins which included 11 victories at the Majors. Hagen was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1976, just two years before his death.

#2: Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods, the most popular golfer of all-time, is also one of the best the sport has seen. Since his debut in 1996, Woods has taken over the sport and racked 109 wins. 82 of those wins came in the PGA Tour, which is the joint highest all-time. In 2019, Woods won the Masters Tournament, his first Major win in 11 years, bringing his total tally to 15.

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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 23: Tiger Woods of the United States reacts during the trophy presentation ceremony after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club on September 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

#1: Jack Nicklaus

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Many younger fans are often mistaken when they think about the GOAT of golf. Woods is the answer for many newer fans but Jack Nicklaus is the only golfer with more accolades than him. Between 196 and 1986, Nicklaus won 18 Majors, which is the most in history. His inclusion in the World Golf Hall of Fame was iconic as it was midway through his career.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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