How many PGA Tour events does it take to produce a multiple-time winner?

How many PGA Tour events does it take to produce a multiple-time winner?



So far, 18 events have been played on the 2014-15 PGA Tour schedule, and there hasn't been a single repeat winner.

Parity is a good thing, but this level of it -- at least to start a season -- is almost unprecedented on the modern PGA Tour. Since 1960, there has only been one season go deeper into the schedule without a multiple-time winner. In 1994, there were 21 events played before Nick Price finally backed up his The Honda Classic win with a victory at Colonial.

Going down the list, there are a few interesting observations to make:



  • Arnold Palmer made a habit of winning early, becoming the first multi-time winner from 1960-63, and again in 1967. He didn't waste time.
  • For most of the '70s, big names won very early in the calendar, including Johnny Miller and Tom Watson
  • For a 19-year stretch from 1980-98, there were no repeats to be the first to win multiple times in a season
  • Who became the first multi-time winner the most times? Tiger Woods (7), Arnold Palmer (6), Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson (3), Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Johnny Miller and David Duval (2)

Here's the full list of players that were first to two wins and how many events it took to get there:

2013-14: 8 (Jimmy Walker)
2013: 10 (Tiger Woods)
2012: 15 (Hunter Mahan)
2011: 5 (Mark Wilson)
2010: 14 (Ernie Els)
2009: 8 (Geoff Ogilvy)
2008: 8 (Tiger Woods)
2007: 12 (Vijay Singh)
2006: 10 (Tiger Woods)
2005: 6 (Phil Mickelson)
2004: 15 (Phil Mickelson)
2003: 2 (Ernie Els)
2002: 16 (Tiger Woods)
2001: 10 (Joe Durant)
2000: 5 (Tiger Woods)
1999: 3 (David Duval)
1998: 16 (David Duval)
1997: 5 (Mark O'Meara)
1996: 4 (Phil Mickelson)
1995: 6 (Peter Jacobsen)
1994: 21 (Nick Price)
1993: 8 (Tom Kite)
1992: 5 (John Cook)
1991: 14 (Ian Woosnam)
1990: 12 (Robert Gamez)
1989: 2 (Steve Jones)
1988: 6 (Steve Pate)
1987: 5 (Corey Pavin)
1986: 11 (Calvin Peete)
1985: 3 (Lanny Wadkins)
1984: 10 (Gary Koch)
1983: 2 (Gil Morgan)
1982: 12 (Tom Watson)
1981: 5 (Bruce Lietzke)
1980: 13 (Craig Stadler)
1979: 11 (Lanny Wadkins)
1978: 3 (Tom Watson)
1977: 4 (Tom Watson)
1976: 4 (Ben Crenshaw)
1975: 2 (Johnny Miller)
1974: 2 (Johnny Miller)
1973: 3 (Bruce Crampton)
1972: 9 (Jack Nicklaus)
1971: 9 (J.C. Snead)
1970: 12 (Lee Trevino)
1969: 14 (Gene Littler)
1968: 7 (George Knudson)
1967: 6 (Arnold Palmer)
1966: 11 (Doug Sanders)
1965: 9 (Doug Sanders)
1964: 17 (Jack Nicklaus)
1963: 6 (Arnold Palmer)
1962: 6 (Arnold Palmer)
1961: 6 (Arnold Palmer)
1960: 8 (Arnold Palmer)

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