The PGA Tour's Yearly Win Leaders

Tiger Woods has more years leading the PGA Tour in wins than anyone else

Which golfers have led the PGA Tour in wins each year? Below is the list of yearly victory leaders on the PGA Tour, going back to the founding of the PGA in 1916. You'll see lots of big names, of course, but probably also a few names that surprise you.

But before getting to the list, let's list a couple of superlatives. First, which golfers have led the PGA Tour in wins most often? These golfers:

  • Tiger Woods — 12 different years leading the tour in wins
  • Jack Nicklaus — 6 years
  • Tom Watson — 6 years
  • Ben Hogan — 5 years
  • Arnold Palmer — 5 years
Next, what is the most consecutive years the same golfer has led the PGA Tour in wins? The answer to that is five years, and the record-holder is Tiger Woods, who did it twice: He led every year from 2005-09, and, previously, every year from 1999-2003. Watson and Palmer both had streaks of four consecutive years leading the PGA Tour in wins. Surprisingly, Jack Nicklaus never led more than two years in a row.

Now, on to the list.

Annual Win Leaders on the PGA Tour

2020 — (tie) Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas, 3 wins each
2019 — (tie) Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy, 3 wins each
2018 — (tie) Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson, 3 wins each
2017 — Justin Thomas, 5 wins wins
2016 — (tie) Jason Day and Dustin Johnson, 3 wins each
2015 — (tie) Jason Day and Jordan Spieth, 5 wins each
2014 — Jimmy Walker, 3 wins wins
2013 — Tiger Woods, 4 wins wins
2012 — Rory McIlroy, 4 wins wins
2011 — (tie) Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, Steve Stricker, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson and Mark Wilson, 2 wins each
2010 — Jim Furyk, 3 wins
2009 — Tiger Woods, 6 wins
2008 — Tiger Woods, 4 wins
2007 — Tiger Woods, 7 wins
2006 — Tiger Woods, 8 wins
2005 — Tiger Woods, 6 wins
2004 — Vijay Singh, 9 wins
2003 — Tiger Woods, 5 wins
2002 — Tiger Woods, 5 wins
2001 — Tiger Woods, 5 wins
2000 — Tiger Woods, 9 wins
1999 — Tiger Woods, 8 wins
1998 — David Duval, 4 wins
1997 — Tiger Woods, 4 wins
1996 — Phil Mickelson, 4 wins
1995 — (tie) Lee Janzen and Greg Norman, 3 wins each
1994 — Nick Price, 6 wins
1993 — Nick Price, 4 wins
1992 — (tie) John Cook, Fred Couples and Davis Love III, 3 wins each
1991 — (tie) Billy Andrade, Mark Brooks, Fred Couples, Andrew Magee, Corey Pavin, Nick Price, Tom Purtzer and Ian Woosnam, 2 wins each
1990 — Wayne Levi, 4 wins
1989 — (tie) Steve Jones and Tom Kite, 3 wins each
1988 — Curtis Strange, 4 wins
1987 — (tie) Paul Azinger and Curtis Strange, 3 wins each
1986 — Bob Tway, 4 wins
1985 — (tie) Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins, 3 wins each
1984 — (tie) Denis Watson and Tom Watson, 3 wins each
1983 — (tie) Seve Ballesteros, Jim Colbert, Mark McCumber, Gil Morgan, Calvin Peete, Hal Sutton, Lanny Wadkins and Fuzzy Zoeller, 2 wins each
1982 — (tie) Calvin Peete, Craig Stadler and Tom Watson, 4 wins each
1981 — Bill Rogers, 4 wins
1980 — Tom Watson, 7 wins
1979 — Tom Watson, 5 wins
1978 — Tom Watson, 5 wins
1977 — Tom Watson, 5 wins
1976 — (tie) Ben Crenshaw and Hubert Green, 3 wins each
1975 — Jack Nicklaus, 5 wins
1974 — Johnny Miller, 8 wins
1973 — Jack Nicklaus, 7 wins
1972 — Jack Nicklaus, 7 wins
1971 — Lee Trevino, 6 wins
1970 — Billy Casper, 4 wins
1969 — (tie) Billy Casper, Raymond Floyd, Dave Hill and Jack Nicklaus, 3 wins each
1968 — Billy Casper, 6 wins
1967 — Jack Nicklaus, 5 wins
1966 — Billy Casper, 4 wins
1965 — Jack Nicklaus, 5 wins
1964 — Tony Lema, 5 wins
1963 — Arnold Palmer, 7 wins
1962 — Arnold Palmer, 8 wins
1961 — Arnold Palmer, 6 wins
1960 — Arnold Palmer, 8 wins
1959 — Gene Littler, 5 wins
1958 — Ken Venturi, 4 wins
1957 — Arnold Palmer, 4 wins
1956 — Mike Souchak, 4 wins
1955 — Cary Middlecoff, 6 wins
1954 — Bob Toski, 4 wins
1953 — Ben Hogan, 5 wins
1952 — (tie) Jack Burke Jr. and Sam Snead, 5 wins each
1951 — Cary Middlecoff, 6 wins
1950 — Sam Snead, 11 wins
1949 — Cary Middlecoff, 7 wins
1948 — Ben Hogan, 10 wins
1947 — Ben Hogan, 7 wins
1946 — Ben Hogan, 13 wins
1945 — Byron Nelson, 18 wins
1944 — Byron Nelson, 8 wins
1943 — (tie) Sam Byrd, Jug McSpaden and Steve Warga, 1 win each (only three tournaments played)
1942 — Ben Hogan, 6 wins
1941 — Sam Snead, 7 wins
1940 — Jimmy Demaret, 6 wins
1939 — Henry Picard, 8 wins
1938 — Sam Snead, 8 wins
1937 — Harry Cooper, 8 wins
1936 — Ralph Guldahl, 3 wins
1936 — (tie) Jimmy Hines and Henry Picard, 3 wins each
1935 — (tie) Henry Picard and Johnny Revolta, 5 wins each
1934 — Paul Runyan, 7 wins
1933 — Paul Runyan, 9 wins
1932 — Gene Sarazen, 4 wins
1931 — Wiffy Cox, 4 wins
1930 — Gene Sarazen, 8 wins
1929 — Horton Smith, 8 wins
1928 — Bill Mehlhorn, 7 wins
1927 — Johnny Farrell, 7 wins
1926 — (tie) Bill Mehlhorn and Macdonald Smith, 5 wins each
1925 — Leo Diegel, 5 wins
1924 — Walter Hagen, 5 wins
1923 — (tie) Walter Hagen and Joe Kirkwood Sr., 5 wins each
1922 — Walter Hagen, 4 wins
1921 — Jim Barnes, 4 wins
1920 — Jock Hutchison, 4 wins
1919 — Jim Barnes, 5 wins
1918 — (tie) Patrick Doyle, Walter Hagen and Jock Hutchison, 1 win each (only three tournaments played)
1917 — (tie) Jim Barnes and Mike Brady, 2 wins each
1916 — (tie) Jim Barnes and Walter Hagen, 3 wins each

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