Which pro golfers have played in the most major championships?
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Which pro golfers have played in the most major championships?

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In the history of golf's major championships, there aren't many pros who have made at least 100 major championship starts. Achieving that feat means having longevity and staying power as a top player for at least 25 years -- and it usually means winning at least a few major championship trophies.

Jack Nicklaus played in the most major championships in his career, teeing it up in the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open Championship and PGA Championship combined a total of 164 times. Gary Player is second on the list with 150 major starts. Tom Watson is third at 145.

All told, there are 14 members of the 100 Major Club, including the recent additions of Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els at the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. With a combined nine majors between them in a total of 198 starts (entering this championship), their run is an incredible one.

Tiger Woods is still well shy of making 100 major starts. He has played in 76 majors.

Players who have made at least 100 major starts

  1. Jack Nicklaus - 164
  2. Gary Player - 150
  3. Tom Watson - 145
  4. Arnold Palmer - 142
  5. Raymond Floyd - 127
  6. Sam Snead - 119
  7. Ben Crenshaw - 118
  8. Gene Sarazen - 112
  9. Tom Kite - 109
  10. Mark O'Meara - 109
  11. Bernhard Langer - 104
  12. Nick Faldo - 100
  13. Phil Mickelson - 100
  14. Ernie Els - 100

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