Golfers Who Won the Most PGA Championships

Gene Sarazen won three PGA Championsips

A golfer who wins the PGA Championship once is doing something very few tour golfers will ever do: win a major. A golfer who wins the PGA Championship twice joins an exclusive club of multiple major winners.

But a golfer who wins the PGA Championship three times or more? That's much harder to do, so hard that only five golfers (so far) have accomplished the feat. And they are five of the biggest names in golf history. Following are the golfers who won the most PGA Championship titles.

3 PGA Championship Wins: Sarazen and Snead

Gene Sarazen (pictured above) and Sam Snead both won all their titles during the tournament's match-play era (which ran from the first PGA Championship in 1916 through the 1957 tournament). In fact, three of the five golfers on this list are from the match-play era.

Sarazen's wins were in the 1922, 1923 and 1933 PGAs, Snead's in the 1942, 1949 and 1951 PGAs.

4 PGA Championship Wins: Tiger Woods

Woods won four of the PGAs played in a nine-year period, starting with the 1999 PGA Championship and ending with the 2007 PGA Championship. In-between, he also won in 2000 and 2006.

Tiger's 1999 win was his second-ever win in a major. In 2000, his victory was one of three in majors he had that year, and was the third leg of his "Tiger Slam," in which he won four consecutive majors in 2000-01.

5 PGA Championship Wins: Hagen and Nicklaus

Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus share the tournament record with five wins each, Hagen's all match play, Nicklaus' all stroke play.

Hagen first won at the 1921 PGA Championship, then won four consecutive PGAs from 1924-27. Hagen was the tournament's first three-time winner and the only golfer to win it three consecutive years ... and four consecutive years. In fact, he's one of only two golfers ever who've won the same major four consecutive years.

Contemporaries, friends and rivals Hagen and Sarazen met only once in a PGA Championship final, in 1923, and Sarazen got the better of The Haig in that one.

Nicklaus' first win was in the 1963 PGA Championship, and his last in the 1980 PGA Championship. In-between, he also won in 1971, 1973 and 1975. The 1963 win was his third win in a major, the 1980 win his 17th.

In his 1980 victory, Nicklaus set a then-tournament record (since broken) for largest margin of victory, seven strokes. That's a good way to tie Hagen's tournament wins record at five.

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