The men's major golf championships, also known simply as the majors, are the four most prestigious events in professional golf. The competitions are the Masters Tournament, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, contested annually. Should the same golfer win all four majors in a calendar year, this would be recognized as a grand slam. No one has ever achieved this. Tiger Woods has held all four major titles at once, having won the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship in 2000 and the Masters in 2001; a feat dubbed the Tiger slam.
Jack Nicklaus has won the most majors, achieving 18 victories during his career. Second on the list is Tiger Woods, who has won 15 majors to date; his most recent major victory was at the 2019 Masters. Walter Hagen is third with 11 majors; he and Nicklaus have both won the most PGA Championships with five. Nicklaus also holds the record for the most victories in the Masters, winning the tournament six times. Additionally, Nicklaus shares the record for the most U.S. Open victories with Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan, each winning four times. Harry Vardon holds the record for the most Open Championship victories, winning six times during his career. Five men: Nicklaus, Woods, Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen are the only golfers to have won all four of the majors during their career, thus achieving the career grand slam.
To date, 453 majors have been played. A total of 225 different men have won majors and, of these, 82 have won at least two.
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Tiger Woods, who has won 15 majors
Walter Hagen, who won 11 majors during his career
Ben Hogan, who won 9 majors during his career
Gary Player, who won 9 majors during his career
Tom Watson, who has won 8 majors during his career
Arnold Palmer, who won 7 majors during his career
Gene Sarazen, who won 7 majors during his career
Sam Snead, who won 7 majors during his career
Nick Faldo, who won six majors during his career
Seve Ballesteros, who won five majors during his career
James Braid, who won five majors during his career
Phil Mickelson, who has won five majors
John Henry Taylor, who won five Open Championships
Willie Anderson, who won four U.S. Opens
Willie Park, Sr., who won four Open Championships
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