(From Left): Six-time Masters Champion Jack Nicklaus, 56, and four-time Masters Champion Arnold Palmer, 66, stroll the sixth gap on the Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership with two-time U.S. Novice Champion Eldrick “Tiger” Woods, 20, on April 10, 1996 through the last observe spherical forward of the 1996 Masters Golf Event in Augusta, Georgia. (Picture by Jeff Haynes / AFP by way of Getty Photos)

Lengthy earlier than it included right into a behemoth money-making machine (stylized in all uppercase letters), the “PGA TOUR” was simply that: “PGA” execs who “toured” the nation enjoying for cash.

For its first forty years, from 1929 to 1968, the tour operated below the umbrella of the PGA of America.

By the late 60s, although, with a rise of income attributable to expanded tv protection, a dispute between the PGA “match gamers” and the PGA “membership execs” (over the allocation of cash) got here to a head.

The friction resulted in a brand new “tour” entity shaped in August 1968, impartial of the PGA of America, which ultimately turned the “Event Gamers Division” of the PGA, and at last the PGA Tour.

As a part of the separation settlement, the PGA Tour obtained possession of the tournaments, and advertising rights of its gamers, together with all historic knowledge, going again to 1916. The PGA of America, in the meantime, maintained possession of two occasions: the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup matches.

With that because the desk setter, right here’s a take a look at the winningest gamers of the “tour” over the past ten (10) many years, starting with the primary full 10-year stretch: the Nineteen Twenties.


PGA Tour Decade: Nineteen Twenties

Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen enjoying in a golf match in Saint-Cloud, France in 1928. (Picture by Keystone-France – Gamma-Rapho by way of Getty Photos)

No shock right here: Walter Hagen compiled 31 of his 45 profession wins within the “Roaring 20s.” 9 of these victories had been majors – 5 PGAs, 4 British Opens. (The dapperly-dressed golfer had already received a pair of U.S. Opens in 1914 and 1919. The Masters was not based till 1934.)

Hagen was adopted by the underrated Leo Diegel, who received 22 instances, together with back-to-back PGAs on the finish of the last decade (1928-29) – which ended Hagen’s four-year successful streak.

The last decade’s most celebrated golfer, although, was novice Bobby Jones, who received 5 of his seven credited professional majors, together with what was then thought-about the “Grand Slam” in 1930 – all 4 main championships in the identical calendar yr (U.S. and British Opens and U.S. and British Amateurs).

PGA Tour Wins: Nineteen Twenties

Rank-Participant (Decade Wins/Profession Wins)
1. Walter Hagen (31/45)
2. Leo Diegel (22/28)
3. Johnny Farrell (18/22)
3. Invoice Melhorn (18/19)
5. Macdonald Smith (16/25)

Main Wins: Nineteen Twenties

Rank-Participant (Decade Main Wins/Profession Main Wins)
1. Walter Hagen (9/11)
2. Gene Sarazen (3/7)
3. Jim Barnes (2/4)
4. Leo Diegel (2/2)
5. A number of 1-major winners


PGA Tour Decade: Nineteen Thirties

Gene Sarazen
Gene Sarazen takes a shot, surrounded by spectators in 1935. (Picture by Central Press by way of Getty Photos)

With Walter Hagen now in his late 30s, and Bobby Jones having retired, the last decade of the Nineteen Thirties – traditionally talking – belonged to Gene Sarazen, who turned the primary golfer to win what would change into the profession grand slam (U.S. Open, British Open, PGA, and Masters).

Within the last spherical of the 1935 Masters Event, Sarazen famously hit “the shot heard ’around the world” on the par-5 fifteenth gap at Jones’ then two-year outdated Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership.

Trailing Craig Wooden by three photographs, with simply 4 to play, Sarazen holed out from 232 yards utilizing a “spoon” membership – the loft of the modern-day 4-wood, scoring a double eagle (-3) to tie Wooden at 6 below. He then parred Nos. 16, 17, and 18 to protect the tie.

“It was the best thrill I’ve ever recognized in golf, or ever anticipate to get once more,” Sarazen instructed famed sports activities author Grantland Rice after his last spherical.

The next day, the pair performed a 36-hole playoff, with Sarazen successful by 5 photographs.

Whereas much less recognized than Sarazen, Paul Runyan claimed probably the most PGA titles on this decade, racking up 29 victories, together with 16 in a two-season span (1934-35). He additionally received a pair of PGA Championships (1934 and 1939) throughout this time interval.

PGA Tour Wins: Nineteen Thirties

Rank-Participant (Decade Wins/Profession Wins)
1. Paul Runyan (29/30)
2. Harry Cooper (24/30)
3. Gene Sarazen (22/38)
3. Henry Picard (22/26)
5. Horton Smith (18/30)

Main Wins: Nineteen Thirties

Rank-Participant (Decade Main Wins/Profession Main Wins)
1. Gene Sarazen (4/7)
2. Denny Shute (3/3)
2. Ralph Guldahl (3/3)
4. Byron Nelson (2/5)
4. Tommy Armour (2/3)
4. Henry Cotton (2/3)
4. Paul Runyan (2/2)
4. Henry Picard (2/2)
4. Olin Dutra (2/2)


PGA Tour Decade: Nineteen Forties

Ben Hogan
Sportswriters shut in on Ben Hogan on the Oakland Hills CC, close to Birmingham, Michigan, after the bantam battler from Texas retained his U.S. Open Golf Championship crown by capturing a 3-under-par 67 within the last spherical. Hogan, who was challenged for the title by among the finest golfers on the planet, remained champ with a complete of 287. (Picture by Bettmann by way of Getty Photos)

Regardless of lacking two full seasons (1943-44) whereas serving within the U.S. Military, Ben Hogan received 52 instances through the decade of the Nineteen Forties, together with 30 victories within the three full seasons (1946-48) following his discharge from the navy.

Hogan’s two important rivals throughout this time had been fellow Texan Byron Nelson, who racked up 41 wins within the decade, and Sam Snead – the folksy long-ball hitter whose profession was outlined by longevity and many trophies.

Snead received 4 of his seven majors within the 40s, whereas Hogan and Nelson captured three apiece.

PGA Tour Wins: Nineteen Forties

Rank-Participant (Decade Wins/Profession Wins)
1. Ben Hogan (52/64)
2. Byron Nelson (41/52)
3. Sam Snead (32/82)
4. Jimmy Demaret (20/26)
5. Lloyd Mangrum (19/36)

Main Wins: Nineteen Forties

Rank-Participant (Decade Main Wins/Profession Main Wins)
1. Sam Snead (4/7)
2. Ben Hogan (3/9)
2. Byron Nelson (3/5)
4. Jimmy Demaret (2/3)
4. Craig Wooden (2/2)


PGA Tour Decade: Fifties

Sammy Snead tees off on the No. 1 gap in a match towards Jim Demaret within the semi-finals of the PGA Championship at Seaview CC on Could 29, 1942. (Picture by Bettman by way of Getty Photos)

Following a critical automobile accident in 1949, Ben Hogan‘s enjoying profession was restricted to main championships, and a handful of elite occasions.

For instance, in 1951, Hogan entered simply 5 occasions, however received three of them: the Masters, U.S. Open, and World Championship of Golf. (He completed second and fourth in his different two begins.)

Hogan’s 1953 season was much more spectacular, and is taken into account one of many biggest in historical past: the then 40-year-old received 5 of the six tournaments he entered, together with all three main championships (Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open). To at the present time, Hogan stays the one participant to have received all three in the identical calendar yr.

It was Sam Snead, although, who hoisted probably the most trophies within the Fifties. “The Slammer” chased 32 wins within the 40s with 29 titles within the 50s, together with three extra majors.

Snead and Jack Nicklaus are the one PGA Tour members to have received greater than 25 instances in two totally different many years.

The unheralded Cary Middlecoff received 28 instances within the 50s, together with back-to-back majors in 1955 and 1956, whereas the Lloyd Mangrum appeared as soon as once more on the decade-ending checklist, including 17 to the 19 he’d recorded within the 40s.

Lastly, Australian legend Peter Thompson received 4 of his 5 British Opens within the Fifties. Though, they had been captured in an period (mid Fifties) when only a few of the main U.S. tour execs performed within the occasion. At the moment, The Open’s prize cash was such that it didn’t cowl the bills to journey “throughout the pond.” As an example, Thompson earned simply $750 for his 1955 Open Championship title, whereas Cary Middlecoff was awarded $5,000 for successful the 1955 Masters. (Thomson, although, cemented his legacy with a fifth Open title in 1965 towards a powerful discipline which included the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Participant.)

PGA Tour Wins: Fifties

Rank-Participant (Decade Wins/Profession Wins)
1. Sam Snead (29/82)
2. Cary Middlecoff (28/39)
3. Lloyd Mangrum (17/36)
4. Jack Burke Jr. (14/16)
4. Doug Ford (14/19)
4. Gene Littler (14/29)

Main Wins: Fifties

Rank-Participant (Decade Main Wins/Profession Main Wins)
1. Ben Hogan (6/9)
2. Peter Thomson (4/5)
3. Sam Snead (3/7)
3. Bobby Locke (3/4)
5. Cary Middlecoff (2/3)
5. Doug Ford (2/2)
5. Jack Burke Jr. (2/2)


PGA Tour Decade: Nineteen Sixties

Arnold Palmer Heritage Golf Classic
Arnold Palmer poses with the trophy after successful the Heritage Golf Basic on Nov. 30. 1969 in in Hilton Head, SC. (Courtesy RBC Heritage)

Arnold Palmer took golf to a different degree within the 60s. With the appearance of TV, the charismatic star transcended golf and have become a pitchman for company America. “The King” received 43 instances within the 60s, together with 29 tour titles over a four-season span (1960-1963), 5 of which had been majors (2 Masters, 2 British Opens, 1 U.S. Open).

Palmer’s participation (and wins) at The Open Championship within the early 60s is extensively credited with restoring the standing of the British Main amongst U.S. gamers.

A younger Jack Nicklaus turned Palmer’s important rival throughout this era. Nicklaus would win 30 of his 73 titles within the 60s, and go on to change into the best golfer of all time, whereas Palmer would change into its most beloved.

Billy Casper, one of the underrated golfers in PGA Tour historical past, would win 33 instances within the 60s towards icons resembling Palmer, Nicklaus, and Gary Participant.

Tony Lema received a dozen instances too, together with the 1964 British Open. He appeared destined to win so many extra, however two months after successful his twelfth PGA Tour title (in lower than 4 years), Lema died in a airplane crash on the age of 32.

PGA Tour Wins: Nineteen Sixties

Rank-Participant (Decade Wins/Profession Wins)
1. Arnold Palmer (43/62)
2. Billy Casper (33/51)
3. Jack Nicklaus (30/73)
4. Doug Sanders (15/20)
5. Tony Lema (12/12)

Main Wins: Nineteen Sixties

Rank-Participant (Decade Main Wins/Profession Main Wins)
1. Jack Nicklaus (7/18)
2. Arnold Palmer (6/7)
3. Gary Participant (4/9)
4. Julius Boros (2/3)
5. A number of 1-major winners


PGA Tour Decade: Nineteen Seventies

After successful the PGA Championship, Jack Nicklaus, his spouse, Barbara and sons Steve, left, and Jack Jr. pose with the trophy on the Firestone Nation Membership in Akron, Ohio, Aug. 10, 1975. (AP Picture)

Jack Nicklaus adopted up his 30-win decade of the 60s with 38 extra titles within the 70s together with eight (8) majors. The Golden Bear was notably dominate for the primary six seasons – between 1970 and 1975, when he received seven majors, whereas ending contained in the top-10 in 22 of 24 main begins, together with 14 top-3s.

With Palmer now in his 40s, Nicklaus’ important rivals included Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, and Tom Watson.

Trevino received 21 instances through the decade, highlighted by 14 titles in a four-season span (1971-1974), together with 4 majors (1971 U.S. Open and British Open, 1972 British Open, 1974 PGA).

A part of Trevino’s epic run included a 20-day span in the summertime of 1971 when he defeated Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1971 U.S. Open. Two weeks later, he captured the Canadian Open, and the next week claimed The British Open, changing into the primary participant to win these three Open titles in the identical yr. These three Opens had been one time referred to as the Triple Crown.

For a three-year interval, in the course of the last decade, Johnny Miller additionally threatened Nicklaus’ reign. The California native received 18 instances within the 70s, with 15 of these wins coming in a three-season blitz (1974 – 1976). Following his second main on the 1976 British Open, Miller got here down with a placing affliction often known as the “yips.” He was by no means the identical.

Watson can be Nicklaus’ third rival of the last decade. The Kansas Metropolis native racked up 15 wins through the last three seasons of the 70s, together with three majors.

PGA Tour Wins: Nineteen Seventies

Rank-Participant (Decade Wins/Profession Wins)
1. Jack Nicklaus (38/73)
2. Lee Trevino (21/29)
3. Johnny Miller (18/25)
3. Tom Watson (18/39)
5. Hubert Inexperienced (16/19)

Main Wins: Nineteen Seventies

Rank-Participant (Decade Main Wins/Profession Main Wins)
1. Jack Nicklaus (8/18)
3. Gary Participant (4/9)
2. Lee Trevino (4/6)
4. Tom Watson (3/8)
5. Hale Irwin (2/3)
5. Johnny Miller (2/2)
5. Dave Stockton (2/2)


PGA Tour Decade: Eighties

Tom Watson Royal Birkdale
Tom Watson through the last spherical of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England on July 17, 1983. (Picture by Leo Mason / Popperfoto by way of Getty Photos)

The 80s introduced alongside greater purses, and the flexibility to earn a hefty earnings with out truly successful. The sport turned extra world as effectively, with a few of its largest stars – resembling Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, and Bernhard Langer – competing part-time on the PGA Tour. It marked the primary time a decade’s win chief didn’t earn 20 titles.

Tom Watson cashed 19 first-place checks, together with 5 majors, whereas Curtis Unusual received 16 instances, highlighted by back-to-back U.S. Opens. After that it was a blended bag of parity… however some huge cash.

Spain’s Ballesteros received seven instances on the PGA Tour, however 4 of these had been majors, together with an identical pair of Inexperienced Jackets and Claret Jugs. Faldo received thrice – two of which had been main titles.

Equally, Jack Nicklaus, now in his 40s, received solely 5 extra instances, however three had been majors, highlighted by his iconic victory on the 1986 Masters.

PGA Tour Wins: Eighties

Rank-Participant (Decade Wins/Profession Wins)
1. Tom Watson (19/39)
2. Curtis Unusual (16/17)
3. Tom Kite (11/19)
3. Calvin Peete (11/12)
3. Lanny Wadkins (11/21)

Main Wins: Eighties

Rank-Participant (Decade Main Wins/Profession Main Wins)
1. Tom Watson (5/8)
2. Seve Ballesteros (4/5)
3. Jack Nicklaus (3/18)
4. Nick Faldo (2/6)
4. Raymond Floyd (2/4)
4. Larry Nelson (2/3)
4. Curtis Unusual (2/2)
4. Sandy Lyle (2/2)


PGA Tour Decade: Nineties

Nick Price wins the Wanamaker Trophy at the 1992 PGA Championship
Nick Value poses with the trophy after successful the PGA Championship on Could 16, 1992 at Bellerive CC in City and Nation, Missouri. (Picture by PGA TOUR Archive by way of Getty Photos)

The 90s had been extra of the identical with masses of cash however no dominant pressure… till the arrival of a younger man named Tiger.

Englishman Nick Faldo, who performed totally on the European Tour, continued his dominance on the large stage, with 4 extra main titles, three between 1990 and 1992.

On the tour, Zimbabwean Nick Value received 16 instances, with 12 of these coming in a three-season span (1992-94), together with three majors.

The tip of the last decade was dominated by a younger Tiger Woods, who received 15 instances, bookended by a blowout victory on the 1997 Masters and an eight-win 1999 marketing campaign, which included a second main (PGA).

Co-starring, alongside the 2 Nicks (Faldo/Value) and Woods, had been Corridor of Famers resembling Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Mark O’Meara, and Greg Norman, who every earned a dozen or extra victories, together with a significant (or two).

Lastly, David Duval, who simply missed the checklist with 11 titles, at one level appeared like Woods’ most pure rival. His three-season run, from 1997 to 1999, included 11 wins, a world No. 1 rating, and season-ending finishes of 2nd-1st-2nd on the PGA Tour Cash Record. He received once more in every of the following two seasons, together with the 2001 British Open. At simply 29, he was a significant champion with 13 PGA Tour titles, and regarded a surefire Corridor of Famer. But, the next season, Duval fully misplaced his type, and by 2004 he was primarily completed.

PGA Tour Wins: Nineties

Rank-Participant (Decade Wins/Profession Wins)
1. Nick Value (16/18)
2. Tiger Woods (15/82)
3. Phil Mickelson (13/45)
4. Davis Love (12/21)
4. Mark O’Meara (12/16)
4. Greg Norman (12/20)

Main Wins: Nineties

Rank-Participant (Decade Main Wins/Profession Main Wins)
1. Nick Faldo (4/6)
2. Nick Value (3/3)
3. Tiger Woods (2/15)
3. Ernie Els (2/4)
3. Payne Stewart (2/3)
3. John Daly (2/2)
3. Jose Maria Olazabal (2/2)
3. Lee Janzen (2/2)
3. Mark O’Meara (2/2)


PGA Tour Decade: 2000s

Tiger Woods Wins 2008 U.S. Open Torrey Pines
Tiger Woods reacts to his birdie putt on the 18th inexperienced to pressure a playoff with Rocco Mediate through the last spherical of the 108th U.S. Open on the Torrey Pines South Course on June 15, 2008 in San Diego, Calif. (Picture by Jeff Gross by way of Getty Photos)

After twenty years of parity, the 2000s noticed a return to the times of a dominating celebrity, ala Hogan, Palmer, and Nicklaus.

Tiger Woods received a mind-blowing 59 instances within the decade with six seasons of 5 or extra victories. Throughout this span, he additionally received 12 extra majors, together with a file 4 straight, stretching over two seasons: 2000 (U.S. Open, British Open, PGA) and 2001 (Masters), which is called the “Tiger Slam.” (The reigning champion of all 4 majors on the similar time.)

Woods’ rivals through the 2000s had been primarily Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson, who every received over 20 titles and a number of majors.

Ernie Els, who cut up time between the excursions in Europe and the U.S., received 9 instances, as did Jim Furyk and David Toms.

Irishman Padraig Harrington received 5 PGA tour titles within the decade, together with three majors in a two-season span (2007 and 2008 British Open, 2008 PGA).

PGA Tour Wins: 2000s

Rank-Participant (Decade Wins/Profession Wins)
1. Tiger Woods (59/82)
2. Vijay Singh (26/34)
3. Phil Mickelson (24/45)
4. Ernie Els (9/19)
4. Jim Furyk (9/17)
4. David Toms (9/13)

Main Wins: 2000s

Rank-Participant (Decade Main Wins/Profession Main Wins)
1. Tiger Woods (12/15)
2. Phil Mickelson (3/6)
2. Padraig Harrington (3/3)
2. Vijay Singh (2/3)
2. Retief Goosen (2/2)
2. Angel Cabrera (2/2)
2. Retief Goosen (2/2)


PGA Tour Decade: 2010s

Jordan Spieth Wins 2015 U.S. Open
Jordan Spieth celebrates a birdie putt on the sixteenth inexperienced through the last spherical of the a hundred and fifteenth U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in College Place, WA. Picture by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Photos

Controversy and damage ended what many anticipated to be a second decade of dominance for Tiger Woods. Simply 35 years-old when the 2010 decade began, Woods was a shell of his former self.

As a substitute the last decade was headlined by a batch of youthful stars who grew up idolizing the golf icon.

Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson every received 18 instances through the decade with Bubba Watson and Jason Day selecting up 12 wins every. Eight (8) of Day’s wins got here in a 10-month blitzkrieg (July 2015 – Could 2016) that noticed the Aussie dominate in Woods-like vogue.

Jordan Spieth received 11 instances between 2013 and 2017, whereas Justin Thomas matched his good good friend with 11 titles between the 2016 and 2019 seasons. Woods additionally hoisted 11 trophies, punctuated by a long-awaited fifteenth main on the 2019 Masters.

When it comes to majors, it was McIlroy, Spieth and Brooks Koepka, with every dominating one-third of the last decade. McIlroy owned the early half, with 4 majors between 2011 and 2014, together with consecutive titles in the summertime of 2014 (The Open and PGA), whereas Spieth reigned within the center portion, highlighted by an historic 2015 marketing campaign. Koepka turned one thing of a significant specialist, claiming 4 titles on the finish of the last decade, that includes back-to-back U.S. Opens (2017 and 2018) and PGAs (2018 and 2019).

PGA Tour Wins: 2010s

Rank-Participant (Decade Wins/Profession Wins)
1. Rory McIlroy (18/20)
2. Dustin Johnson (18/24)
3. Bubba Watson (12/12)
3. Jason Day (12/12)
5. Justin Thomas (11/14)
5. Jordan Spieth (11/12)
5. Tiger Woods (11/82)

Main Wins: 2010s

Rank-Participant (Decade Main Wins/Profession Main Wins)
1. Rory McIlroy (4/4)
1. Brooks Koepka (4/4)
3. Jordan Spieth (3/3)
4. Phil Mickelson (2/6)
4. Bubba Watson (2/2)
4. Martin Kaymer (2/2)

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