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

The men's major golf championships, also known as 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 (British Open) and the U.S. 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 recognised as the Tiger Slam.[2] Bobby Jones completed a grand slam in 1930, when he won the U.S. Open, The Open, U.S. Amateur Championship, and British Amateur Championship; in 1930, the Masters had not been established, and he was an amateur and therefore not eligible for the PGA Championship.[3]

Jack Nicklaus holds the record for winning the most majors, winning 18 during his career.[4] Second on the list is Tiger Woods, who has won 14 majors to date; his last major victory was at the 2008 U.S. Open.[5] Walter Hagen is third with 11 majors;[6] he and Jack Nicklaus have both won the most PGA Championships with five.[7] Nicklaus also holds the record for the most victories in the Masters, winning the competition six times.[8] 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.[9] Harry Vardon holds the record for the most Open Championship victories, winning six times during his career.[10]

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

By golfer

Tiger Woods, who has won 14 majors
Walter Hagen, who won 11 majors during his career
Bobby Jones, who won four U.S. Opens and three Open Championships
Arnold Palmer, winner of seven majors
Harry Vardon, who won The Open Championship a record six times, and won one U.S. Open
Seve Ballesteros, who won five majors during his career
John Henry Taylor, who won five Open Championships
Willie Anderson, who won four U.S. Open's
Tom Morris, Sr. and Tom Morris, Jr., who both won four Open Championships
Tommy Armour, who won one U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship
Ernie Els, who has won three majors
Pádraig Harrington, winner of two Open Championships and one PGA Championship
Hale Irwin, three time winner of the U.S. Open
Greg Norman, who won The Open Championship in 1986 and 1993
Mark O'Meara won the Masters and Open Championship in 1998
Tom Kite who won the U.S. Open in 1992
Tom Lehman, who won The Open Championship in 1996
Rank Country Golfer Winning span Masters U.S. Open The Open PGA Total
1  USA Nicklaus, JackJack Nicklaus 1962–1986 6 4 3 5 18
2  USA Woods, TigerTiger Woods 1997–2008 4 3 3 4 14
3  USA Hagen, WalterWalter Hagen 1914–1929 0 2 4 5 11
4  RSA Player, GaryGary Player 1959–1978 3 1 3 2 9
 USA Hogan, BenBen Hogan 1946–1953 2 4 1 2 9
6  USA Watson, TomTom Watson 1975–1983 2 1 5 0 8
7  USA Palmer, ArnoldArnold Palmer 1958–1964 4 1 2 0 7
 USA Snead, SamSam Snead 1942–1954 3 0 1 3 7
 USA Sarazen, GeneGene Sarazen 1922–1935 1 2 1 3 7
 USA Jones, BobbyBobby Jones 1923–1930 0 4 3 0 7
 Jersey Vardon, HarryHarry Vardon 1896–1914 0 1 6 0 7
12  ENG Faldo, NickNick Faldo 1987–1996 3 0 3 0 6
 USA Trevino, LeeLee Trevino 1968–1984 0 2 2 2 6
14  USA Nelson, ByronByron Nelson 1937–1945 2 1 0 2 5
 ESP Ballesteros, SeveSeve Ballesteros 1979–1988 2 0 3 0 5
 SCO Braid, JamesJames Braid 1901–1910 0 0 5 0 5
 ENG Taylor, John HenryJohn Henry Taylor 1894–1913 0 0 5 0 5
 AUS Thomson, PeterPeter Thomson 1954–1965 0 0 5 0 5
19  USA Floyd, RaymondRaymond Floyd 1969–1986 1 1 0 2 4
 SCO Anderson, WillieWillie Anderson 1901–1905 0 4 0 0 4
 USA Barnes, JimJim Barnes 1916–1925 0 1 1 2 4
 RSA Locke, BobbyBobby Locke 1949–1957 0 0 4 0 4
 SCO Morris, Sr., TomTom Morris, Sr. 1861–1867 0 0 4 0 4
 SCO Morris, Jr., TomTom Morris, Jr. 1868–1872 0 0 4 0 4
 SCO Park, Sr., WillieWillie Park, Sr. 1860–1875 0 0 4 0 4
26  USA Demaret, JimmyJimmy Demaret 1940–1950 3 0 0 0 3
 USA Mickelson, PhilPhil Mickelson 2004–2006 2 0 0 1 3
 USA Middlecoff, CaryCary Middlecoff 1949–1956 1 2 0 0 3
 USA Guldahl, RalphRalph Guldahl 1937–1939 1 2 0 0 3
 USA Casper, BillyBilly Casper 1959–1970 1 2 0 0 3
 FJI Singh, VijayVijay Singh 1998–2004 1 0 0 2 3
 USA Irwin, HaleHale Irwin 1974–1990 0 3 0 0 3
 RSA Els, ErnieErnie Els 1994–2002 0 2 1 0 3
 USA Boros, JuliusJulius Boros 1952–1968 0 2 0 1 3
 USA Stewart, PaynePayne Stewart 1989–1999 0 2 0 1 3
 USA Nelson, LarryLarry Nelson 1981–1987 0 1 0 2 3
 USA Armour, TommyTommy Armour 1927–1931 0 1 1 1 3
 SCO Anderson, JamesJames Anderson 1877–1879 0 0 3 0 3
 ENG Cotton, HenryHenry Cotton 1934–1948 0 0 3 0 3
 SCO Ferguson, BobBob Ferguson 1880–1882 0 0 3 0 3
 IRL Harrington, PádraigPádraig Harrington 2007–2008 0 0 2 1 3
 ZIM Price, NickNick Price 1992–1994 0 0 1 2 3
 USA Shute, DennyDenny Shute 1933–1937 0 0 1 2 3
44  USA Crenshaw, BenBen Crenshaw 1984–1995 2 0 0 0 2
 GER Langer, BernhardBernhard Langer 1985–1993 2 0 0 0 2
 ESP Olazábal, José MaríaJosé María Olazábal 1994–1999 2 0 0 0 2
 USA Smith, HortonHorton Smith 1934–1936 2 0 0 0 2
 ARG Cabrera, ÁngelÁngel Cabrera 2007-2009 1 1 0 0 2
 USA Wood, CraigCraig Wood 1941 1 1 0 0 2
 USA Zoeller, FuzzyFuzzy Zoeller 1979–1984 1 1 0 0 2
 SCO Lyle, SandySandy Lyle 1985–1988 1 0 1 0 2
 USA O'Meara, MarkMark O'Meara 1998 1 0 1 0 2
 USA Burke, Jr., JackJack Burke, Jr. 1956 1 0 0 1 2
 USA Ford, DougDoug Ford 1955–1957 1 0 0 1 2
 USA Picard, HenryHenry Picard 1938–1939 1 0 0 1 2
 RSA Goosen, RetiefRetief Goosen 2001–2004 0 2 0 0 2
 USA Janzen, LeeLee Janzen 1993–1998 0 2 0 0 2
 USA McDermott, JohnJohn McDermott 1911–1912 0 2 0 0 2
 USA North, AndyAndy North 1978–1985 0 2 0 0 2
 SCO Smith, AlexAlex Smith 1906–1910 0 2 0 0 2
 USA Strange, CurtisCurtis Strange 1988–1989 0 2 0 0 2
 ENG Jacklin, TonyTony Jacklin 1969–1970 0 1 1 0 2
 USA Miller, JohnnyJohnny Miller 1973–1976 0 1 1 0 2
 Jersey Ray, TedTed Ray 1912–1920 0 1 1 0 2
 USA Dutra, OlinOlin Dutra 1932–1934 0 1 0 1 2
 AUS Graham, DavidDavid Graham 1979–1981 0 1 0 1 2
 USA Green, HubertHubert Green 1977–1985 0 1 0 1 2
 ENG Hilton, HaroldHarold Hilton 1892–1897 0 0 2 0 2
 SCO Martin, BobBob Martin 1876–1885 0 0 2 0 2
 AUS Norman, GregGreg Norman 1986–1993 0 0 2 0 2
 SCO Park, Jnr., WillieWillie Park, Jnr. 1887–1889 0 0 2 0 2
 USA Daly, JohnJohn Daly 1991–1995 0 0 1 1 2
 USA Hutchison, JockJock Hutchison 1920–1921 0 0 1 1 2
 USA Diegel, LeoLeo Diegel 1928–1929 0 0 0 2 2
 USA Runyan, PaulPaul Runyan 1934–1938 0 0 0 2 2
 USA Stockton, DaveDave Stockton 1970–1976 0 0 0 2 2
77  USA Aaron, TommyTommy Aaron 1973 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Archer, GeorgeGeorge Archer 1969 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Brewer, GayGay Brewer 1967 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Coody, CharlesCharles Coody 1971 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Couples, FredFred Couples 1992 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Goalby, BobBob Goalby 1968 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Harmon, ClaudeClaude Harmon 1948 1 0 0 0 1
 RSA Immelman, TrevorTrevor Immelman 2008 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Johnson, ZachZach Johnson 2007 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Keiser, HermanHerman Keiser 1946 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Mize, LarryLarry Mize 1987 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Stadler, CraigCraig Stadler 1982 1 0 0 0 1
 USA Wall, Jr., ArtArt Wall, Jr. 1959 1 0 0 0 1
 CAN Weir, MikeMike Weir 2003 1 0 0 0 1
 WAL Woosnam, IanIan Woosnam 1991 1 0 0 0 1
 SCO Auchterlonie, LaurieLaurie Auchterlonie 1902 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Bolt, TommyTommy Bolt 1958 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Burke, BillyBilly Burke 1931 0 1 0 0 1
 NZL Campbell, MichaelMichael Campbell 2005 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Evans, ChickChick Evans 1916 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Farrell, JohnnyJohnny Farrell 1928 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Fleck, JackJack Fleck 1955 0 1 0 0 1
 ENG Foulis, JamesJames Foulis 1896 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Furgol, EdEd Furgol 1954 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Furyk, JimJim Furyk 2003 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Glover, LucasLucas Glover 2009 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Goodman, JohnnyJohnny Goodman 1933 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Graham, LouLou Graham 1975 0 1 0 0 1
 SCO Herd, FredFred Herd 1898 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Jones, SteveSteve Jones 1996 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Kite, TomTom Kite 1992 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Little, LawsonLawson Little 1940 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Littler, GeneGene Littler 1961 0 1 0 0 1
 ENG Lloyd, JoeJoe Lloyd 1897 0 1 0 0 1
 SCO Macfarlane, WillieWillie Macfarlane 1925 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Manero, TonyTony Manero 1936 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Mangrum, LloydLloyd Mangrum 1946 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Mayer, DickDick Mayer 1957 0 1 0 0 1
 SCO McLeod, FredFred McLeod 1908 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Moody, OrvilleOrville Moody 1969 0 1 0 0 1
 AUS Ogilvy, GeoffGeoff Ogilvy 2006 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Ouimet, FrancisFrancis Ouimet 1913 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Parks, Jr., SamSam Parks, Jr. 1935 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Pate, JerryJerry Pate 1976 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Pavin, CoreyCorey Pavin 1995 0 1 0 0 1
 ENG Rawlins, HoraceHorace Rawlins 1895 0 1 0 0 1
 SCO Ross, AlecAlec Ross 1907 0 1 0 0 1
 ENG Sargent, GeorgeGeorge Sargent 1909 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Simpson, ScottScott Simpson 1987 0 1 0 0 1
 SCO Smith, WillieWillie Smith 1899 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Travers, JeromeJerome Travers 1915 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Venturi, KenKen Venturi 1964 0 1 0 0 1
 ENG Walker, CyrilCyril Walker 1924 0 1 0 0 1
 USA Worsham, LewLew Worsham 1947 0 1 0 0 1
 SCO Auchterlonie, WilliamWilliam Auchterlonie 1893 0 0 1 0 1
 ENG Ball, JohnJohn Ball 1890 0 0 1 0 1
 AUS Baker-Finch, IanIan Baker-Finch 1991 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Brown, DavidDavid Brown 1886 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Burns, JackJack Burns 1888 0 0 1 0 1
 ENG Burton, RichardRichard Burton 1939 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Calcavecchia, MarkMark Calcavecchia 1989 0 0 1 0 1
 NZL Charles, BobBob Charles 1963 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Cink, StewartStewart Cink 2009 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Curtis, BenBen Curtis 2003 0 0 1 0 1
 NIR Daly, FredFred Daly 1947 0 0 1 0 1
 ARG DeVicenzo, RobertoRoberto DeVicenzo 1967 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Duncan, GeorgeGeorge Duncan 1920 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Duval, DavidDavid Duval 2001 0 0 1 0 1
 ENG Faulkner, MaxMax Faulkner 1951 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Fernie, WillieWillie Fernie 1883 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Hamilton, ToddTodd Hamilton 2004 0 0 1 0 1
 ENG Havers, ArthurArthur Havers 1923 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Herd, SandySandy Herd 1902 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Kidd, TomTom Kidd 1873 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Kirkaldy, HughHugh Kirkaldy 1891 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Lawrie, PaulPaul Lawrie 1999 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Lehman, TomTom Lehman 1996 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Lema, TonyTony Lema 1964 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Leonard, JustinJustin Leonard 1997 0 0 1 0 1
 FRA Massy, ArnaudArnaud Massy 1907 0 0 1 0 1
 AUS Nagle, KelKel Nagle 1960 0 0 1 0 1
 ENG Padgham, AlfAlf Padgham 1936 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Park, MungoMungo Park 1874 0 0 1 0 1
 ENG Perry, AlfAlf Perry 1935 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Rogers, BillBill Rogers 1981 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Simpson, JackJack Simpson 1884 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO Strath, AndrewAndrew Strath 1865 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Weiskopf, TomTom Weiskopf 1973 0 0 1 0 1
 ENG Whitcombe, RegReg Whitcombe 1938 0 0 1 0 1
 SCO White, JackJack White 1904 0 0 1 0 1
 USA Azinger, PaulPaul Azinger 1993 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Barber, JerryJerry Barber 1961 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Beem, RichRich Beem 2002 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Brooks, MarkMark Brooks 1996 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Burkemo, WalterWalter Burkemo 1953 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Creavy, TomTom Creavy 1931 0 0 0 1 1
 AUS Elkington, SteveSteve Elkington 1995 0 0 0 1 1
 AUS Ferrier, JimJim Ferrier 1947 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Finsterwald, DowDow Finsterwald 1958 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Geiberger, AlAl Geiberger 1966 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Ghezzi, VicVic Ghezzi 1941 0 0 0 1 1
 AUS Grady, WayneWayne Grady 1990 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Hamilton, BobBob Hamilton 1944 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Harbert, ChickChick Harbert 1954 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Harper, ChandlerChandler Harper 1950 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Hebert, JayJay Hebert 1960 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Hebert, LionelLionel Hebert 1957 0 0 0 1 1
 USA January, DonDon January 1967 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Love III, DavisDavis Love III 1997 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Mahaffey, JohnJohn Mahaffey 1978 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Marr, DaveDave Marr 1965 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Micheel, ShaunShaun Micheel 2003 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Nichols, BobbyBobby Nichols 1964 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Revolta, JohnnyJohnny Revolta 1935 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Rosburg, BobBob Rosburg 1959 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Sluman, JeffJeff Sluman 1988 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Sutton, HalHal Sutton 1983 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Toms, DavidDavid Toms 2001 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Turnesa, JimJim Turnesa 1952 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Tway, BobBob Tway 1986 0 0 0 1 1
 USA Wadkins, LannyLanny Wadkins 1977 0 0 0 1 1
 KOR Yong-eun, YangYang Yong-eun 2009 0 0 0 1 1
  • Yellow means career grand slam champion.

By country

Country Masters U.S. Open The Open PGA Total
 United States 55 80 42 78 255
 Scotland 1 13 42 0 56
 England 3 5 20 0 28
 South Africa 4 5 8 2 19
 Australia 0 2 9 4 15
Jersey Jersey 0 2 7 0 9
 Spain 4 0 3 0 7
 Argentina 1 1 1 0 3
 Fiji 1 0 0 2 3
 Ireland 0 0 2 1 3
 Zimbabwe 0 0 1 2 3
 Germany 2 0 0 0 2
 New Zealand 0 1 1 0 2
 Canada 1 0 0 0 1
 Wales 1 0 0 0 1
 France 0 0 1 0 1
 Northern Ireland 0 0 1 0 1
 South Korea 0 0 0 1 1

References

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