Wire-to-wire winners of golf's major championships
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Wire-to-wire winners of golf’s major championships



In the history of the four modern men's major championships, a player has won wire-to-wire, without ties, on 26 separate occasions.

Brooks Koepka became the latest player to jump on this list, winning the 2019 PGA Championship wire-to-wire with an opening 63 and never facing a tie all the way to taking his fourth major title and becoming the first two-time defending champion of two majors at the same time.

On other occasions, players have gone a different version of wire-to-wire, having at least a share of the lead after every round. However, some of the major organizations, namely Augusta National and the PGA of America, do not county those wins as truly in this category. Nevertheless, we included the available wins with ties and distinguished them in our list.

Wire-to-wire men's golf major champions

Masters:

  • 1941 - Craig Wood (no ties)
  • 1960 - Arnold Palmer (no ties)
  • 1972 - Jack Nicklaus (no ties)
  • 1976 - Raymond Floyd (no ties)
  • 2015 - Jordan Spieth (no ties)

U.S. Open:

  • 1903 - Willie Anderson
  • 1906 - Alex Smith
  • 1914 - Walter Hagen (no ties)
  • 1916 - Charles Evans Jr.
  • 1921 - Jim Barnes (no ties)
  • 1953 - Ben Hogan (no ties)
  • 1958 - Tommy Bolt
  • 1970 - Tony Jacklin (no ties)
  • 1972 - Jack Nicklaus
  • 1977 - Hubert Green
  • 1980 - Jack Nicklaus
  • 1991 - Payne Stewart
  • 2000 - Tiger Woods (no ties)
  • 2001 - Retief Goosen
  • 2002 - Tiger Woods (no ties)
  • 2011 - Rory McIlroy (no ties)
  • 2014 - Martin Kaymer (no ties)

Open Championship:

  • 1899 - Harry Vardon
  • 1900 - J.H. Taylor
  • 1903 - Harry Vardon
  • 1912 - Ted Ray (no ties)
  • 1927 - Bobby Jones (no ties)
  • 1932 - Gene Sarazen (no ties)
  • 1934 - Henry Cotton (no ties)
  • 1971 - Lee Trevino
  • 1973 - Tom Weiskopf (no ties)
  • 1974 - Gary Player
  • 2005 - Tiger Woods (no ties)
  • 2014 - Rory McIlroy (no ties)

PGA Championship:

  • 1964 - Bobby Nichols (no ties)
  • 1969 - Raymond Floyd
  • 1971 - Jack Nicklaus (no ties)
  • 1982 - Raymond Floyd
  • 1983 - Hal Sutton (no ties)
  • 2000 - Tiger Woods
  • 2019 - Brooks Koepka (no ties)

The following players have posted the most wire-to-wire major-championship victories:

  • 4 - Tiger Woods
  • 3 - Raymond Floyd
  • 2 - Rory McIlroy

 

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