Winning on the PGA Tour is hard enough. Most players who get to the PGA Tour never win an event, and they walk away from professional golf with, perhaps, plenty of money but not many trophies. Winning two PGA Tour tournaments in a season is an even rarer feat. Crafting a year or a season in which a player wins at least three times is downright incredible, particularly given the depth of talent in the professional game.
So, get ready for your eyes to pop out of your head when you learn the PGA Tour record for most wins in a season is 18. Yeah, 18!
Byron Nelson dominated the PGA Tour in 1945, at a time when millions of Americans were risking their lives overseas in World War II. Nelson was unable to serve in the military, so he continued doing his thing on the golf course. In fact, he won 11 consecutive tournaments in 1945. (Actually, he won 12 PGA Tour events, but the 12th isn't counted officially because its purse was below the Tour minimum at the time.) He won seven more times in that incredible 1945 campaign.
A year later, Ben Hogan won an equally astounding 13 times in 1946.
Only two other times in PGA Tour history has a player won 10 or more times in a season. Ben Hogan won 10 times in 1948, and Sam Snead won 11 times in 1950. Since 1950, two guys have won nine times in a season -- Tiger Woods in 2000 and Vijay Singh in 2004 -- to join Paul Runyan in 1933 on that mark.
Nine times has a player won eight times in a season, including Tiger Woods (1999, 2006) and Arnold Palmer (1960, 1962) twice, along with Horton Smith, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Gene Sarazen and Johnny Miller.