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In the long and storied history of men’s major championship golf, a lineage that dates back to the inaugural edition of The Open Championship in 1860, a total of 231 different players have won at least one of the four professional majors.

Along with The Open Championship, of course, the other three are the Masters, the PGA Championship, and the U.S. Open. The British Amateur and the U.S. Amateur were once considered major championships, which is how Bobby Jones accomplished his “Grand Slam” in 1930. But for the purposes of this piece, we’re sticking with the four modern majors.

Of the 231 players who’ve won at least one major, 86 have won at least two. Of those 86, 46 have won three or more. And of those 46, the number to win at least four dwindles to 29.

As for those who’ve won five or more major championships, that specific club currently has 20 members, the latest being Brooks Koepka, who captured No. 5 at the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

20 golfers have won at least five men’s major championships

Here’s a list of the 20 golfers who’ve won five or more major championships.

PlayerMastersPGAU.S. OpenThe OpenTotal
Jack Nicklaus654318
Tiger Woods543315
Walter Hagen052411
Ben Hogan22419
Gary Player32139
Tom Watson20158
Harry Vardon00167
Bobby Jones00437
Gene Sarazen13217
Sam Snead33017
Arnold Palmer40127
Lee Trevino02226
Nick Faldo30036
Phil Mickelson32106
James Braid00055
John Henry Taylor00055
Byron Nelson22105
Peter Thomson00055
Seve Ballesteros20035
Brooks Koepka03205
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