Consecutive Seasons Winning on PGA Tour: The All-Time Record

Which golfers, in the history of the PGA Tour, have run off the most consecutive seasons with at least one win? Not surprisingly, you have to look at some of the biggest names in golf history to come up with the record-holders. And there are three such golfers who won at least once per year for 16 PGA Tour seasons in a row — and two of them did it for 17 consecutive seasons.

We're going to look at this record two different ways: most consecutive years with a win, and most consecutive seasons with a win — those two things have slightly different meanings, as we'll see below.

Most Years In a Row With At Least One PGA Tour Win

17 Years
  • Jack Nicklaus, 1962-78
  • Arnold Palmer, 1955-71
16 Years
  • Billy Casper, 1956-71
14 Years
  • Tiger Woods, 1996-2009

The Record Holders: Jack and Arnie

In Nicklaus' 17-year streak, he won at least twice in each of those seasons. His first win was the 1962 U.S. Open, and the final win in his 17-year run was the 1978 IVB-Philadelphia Golf Classic. Nicklaus won 68 times during the stretch, including 15 majors.

In Palmer's 17-year stretch, he had three years with only one victory: 1955, 1965 and 1970. The first win in this period for Palmer was the 1955 Canadian Open and the last the 1971 National Team Championship (where he partnered Nicklaus). Palmer won 61 times during his streak, including seven majors.

And Casper? The runner-up in this record category had his first win in the streak at the 1956 Labatt Open, and his last at the 1971 Kaiser International Open Invitational. He won 48 times on the PGA Tour during the streak, including three majors.

Tiger Woods' streak of 14 years ended when he went winless in PGA Tour events in 2010. Sam Snead, with 82 career wins, had a longest streak of nine years. Walter Hagen, with 44 wins, had a longest streak of 12 years. Gene Sarazen's longest streak was nine years, Tom Watson's eight years.

Most Seasons In a Row With a PGA Tour Win

Whether you use years or seasons, the top four are the same as above: Palmer and Nicklaus with 17 seasons, Casper with 16 seasons, Woods with 14 seasons. But using seasons produces a new entry:

13 Seasons

  • Dustin Johnson, 2008-2020 (active)
Dustin Johnson went winless in the calendar year of 2014, however he did win in late 2013 as part of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season. And that is the key to the difference between years and seasons for the purposes of this record: the wraparound schedule. For most of PGA Tour history, the season schedule was played within the same calendar year. The 1955 season, for example, was entirely played within the calendar year of 1955.

But beginning in the fall of 2013, the PGA Tour switched to a wraparound schedule. The means that the tour season begins in one year and continues into the next. The 2013-14 PGA Tour season started late in 2013 and continued into mid-to-late 2014. Johnson's streak of consecutive years with a win ended in 2014, but because he won in the 2013 season, won in the 2013-14 season, and won in the 2014-15 season, his consecutive seasons winning streak is intact.

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