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Golfers who have won the most green jackets

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    Golfers who have won the most green jackets

    “A tradition unlike any other,” the iconic words uttered by CBS commentator Jim Nantz tell you all you need to know about what is widely considered the crown jewel of the golfing world. The Masters first officially teed off in 1934 and is the youngest of the four major golf championships after The Open Championship, the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship.

    The tournament, played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., is steeped in tradition. The course was designed by amateur golfing legend Bobby Jones and, since 1949, every winner has been awarded a green jacket that is stored at the golf club and worn by past champions at the annual Champions Dinner on the Tuesday before the tournament (past winners are invited to compete each year at the Masters, regardless of standing or ranking on the PGA Tour). The following day, before the traditional Thursday start, players and their families are invited to compete in a Par 3 competition that generally lightens the mood before the Masters officially gets underway.

    Since its inception, there have been 52 separate Masters champions, and each has an incredible story to tell. Stacker dove into the history by analyzing PGA Tour data through 2018 and ranked every winner by the number of victories in Augusta. Ties were broken by most recent wins. Notably, the Masters was not held between 1943–1945 because of World War II.

    With this year's Masters approaching on April 11, it's a great time to look back at the fabled course, the epic finishes, the gut-checking comebacks, and the heart-breaking losses that truly make this tournament unlike any other.

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  • #52. Gene Sarazen
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    #52. Gene Sarazen

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1935
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Gene Sarazen is always mentioned among the greatest golfers of all-time, as he won 39 PGA Tour events and seven majors, including the 1935 Masters. Sarazen's Masters win is well-remembered for when he double-eagled the 15th hole on the last day of the tournament to tie for the lead. That shot propelled him into a playoff, where he ultimately prevailed. Today, the Sarazen Bridge by the 15th green commemorates the achievement.

  • #51. Henry Picard
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    #51. Henry Picard

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1938
    - Masters runner up: 0

    A two-time major winner, including the 1938 Masters, Henry Picard is a World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, who also logged 26 wins on the PGA Tour. Beyond his success on the course, Picard was a golf instructor and players like Ben Hogan and Sam Snead credit him for helping straighten out their swings.

  • #50. Ralph Guldahl
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    #50. Ralph Guldahl

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1939
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 1937, 1938

    Entering the 1939 Masters, Ralph Guldahl finished second in Augusta the previous two years and was the reigning U.S. Open champion. You could say Guldahl was due. He finally broke through and beat a litany of all-time greats in the process, with Sam Snead finishing second, Gene Sarazen coming in fifth, Byron Nelson landing at seventh, and Ben Hogan placing ninth. Guldahl ended his career with three major championships, 16 PGA Tour victories, and an induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

  • #49. Craig Wood
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    #49. Craig Wood

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1941
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 1934, 1935

    Craig Wood was a two-time runner up at the Masters in the mid-1930s (famously losing to Gene Sarazen in 1935 with the ‘shot heard round the world'), but his breakthrough at Augusta finally came in 1941, when he stormed past the field by three strokes, finishing ahead of Byron Nelson. Wood was the second player to ever lead the tournament after all four rounds, going wire-to-wire for the first place finish. Wood also won the U.S. Open in 1941 and became the first golfer to ever win the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year.

  • #48. Herman Keiser
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    #48. Herman Keiser

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1946
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Like many professional golfers of his generation, Herman Keiser put his golfing career on hold for the military, spending three years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After being discharged in 1945, Keiser shocked the golfing world by besting the legendary Ben Hogan in a wire-to-wire victory at the Masters. The win was the only major championship during Keiser's career.

  • #47. Claude Harmon
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    #47. Claude Harmon

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1948
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Golfing insiders might be more familiar with Claude Harmon's son, Claude “Butch” Harmon Jr., a famous instructor to stars like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Greg Norman, and many others. Claude Harmon Sr.'s claim to fame is winning the Masters in 1948, destroying a packed field of golfing legends by five strokes, tying what was then the tournament record.

  • #46. Cary Middlecoff
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    #46. Cary Middlecoff

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1955
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 1948, 1959

    Cary Middlecoff started his professional career as a dentist, but became one of the most successful golfers in PGA history. Middlecoff was a three-time major champion, winning the U.S. Open in 1949 and 1956, and the Masters in 1955, beating out Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. All in all, Middlecoff won 40 times on tour, currently tied for 10th most in tour history.

  • #45. Jack Burke, Jr.
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    #45. Jack Burke, Jr.

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1956
    - Masters runner up: 1
    - Year(s) runner up: 1952

    Jack Burke Jr. entered the final round of the 1956 Masters eight strokes behind third round leader Ken Venturi. That's when 50-mile per hour winds picked up to change the tide of the tournament. Venturi ended up shooting an 80 to Burke's 71, just enough for Burke to win the tournament by a single stroke. Later that year, Burke also won the PGA Championship.

  • #44. Doug Ford
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    #44. Doug Ford

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1957
    - Masters runner up: 1
    - Year(s) runner up: 1958

    Doug Ford already had the Masters in the bag when he birdied the 18th hole in the final round in 1957. Ford ultimately won by three strokes that year for his first and only Masters. However, he achieved success elsewhere, as his Masters win fell in the middle of a 12-year span where he won 19 tour tournaments and a PGA Championship in 1955. Ford is another golfer whose career was altered by World War II. He served in the Coast Guard Air Division and didn't turn professional until the age of 26 in 1949.

  • #43. Art Wall Jr.
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    #43. Art Wall Jr.

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1959
    - Masters runner up: 0

    In 1959, Art Wall Jr. had a magical year. He won four PGA tournaments that year, including the Masters, which earned him PGA Player of the Year honors as well as the Vardon Trophy (earned for lowest scoring average over a season). One of Wall's biggest claims to fame, however, is for the amount of holes-in-one he carded as a professional. While the total numbers are disputed, Wall likely had anywhere from 35 to 46 aces over his career, by far the most of any professional.

  • #42. Gay Brewer
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    #42. Gay Brewer

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1967
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Early in his career, Gay Brewer was probably known more for his loopy golf swing instead of his accomplishments on the course. But that all changed in 1967, when Brewer improbably won the Masters, besting a field that included Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus. Brewer ultimately won 10 tour events, but the Masters was his crowning achievement.

  • #41. Bob Goalby
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    #41. Bob Goalby

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1968
    - Masters runner up: 0

    The 1968 Masters was marred in controversy and Bob Goalby's victory has often come with an asterisk ever since. Goalby won the tournament by a single stroke, but only because Roberto De Vicenzo signed an incorrect scorecard that recorded his round one stroke higher than it actually was. But rules are rules (especially in golf) and Goalby is still forever known as a Masters champion.

  • #40. George Archer
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    #40. George Archer

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1969
    - Masters runner up: 0

    There are a few interesting anecdotes about George Archer besides his sole major championship at the 1969 Masters. He was one of the tallest PGA Tour players standing at 6-foot-6. He once worked as a cattle rancher. Archer also once held the record for fewest putts for a tournament, carding 95 putts in the 1980 Sea Pines Heritage Classic (that record is now 92 by David Frost).

  • #39. Billy Casper
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    #39. Billy Casper

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1970
    - Masters runner up: 1
    - Year(s) runner up: 1969

    Billy Casper won 51 PGA Tour events over the course of his career, putting him at seventh on the all-time list. Of those 51 events, three were majors, including the 1970 Masters that he captured in the last 18-hole playoff in tournament history (it's now a sudden-death format). Other numbers that put Casper in rarified air are his five Vardon Trophies and the 16 straight years he won a PGA event, which is only topped by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who won in 17 straight years.

  • #38. Charles Coody
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    #38. Charles Coody

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1971
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Charles Coody only won three times on the PGA tour, and the last win just happened to be the 1971 Masters, where he finished two strokes ahead of golf legends Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus. The real miracle is that Coody made the tour at all. When he was 13, Coody had Polio and took up golf because the walking nature of the sport could help him overcome the disease.

  • #37. Tommy Aaron
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    #37. Tommy Aaron

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1973
    - Masters runner up: 0

    The 1973 Masters has a lot of similarities to the 1971 tournament. Like Charles Coody, Tommy Aaron was also a three-time PGA tour winner whose final career win was the Masters. Aaron, like Coody, also had to face down Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller for the title. The most dubious claim to Aaron's fame is that he's the one who recorded the wrong score in the 1968 Masters that cost Robert De Vicenzo the Masters by a single stroke.

  • #36. Raymond Floyd
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    #36. Raymond Floyd

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1976
    - Masters runner up: 3
    - Year(s) runner up: 1985, 1990, 1992

    Raymond Floyd is one of the most decorated golfers in the world having won four major titles and 22 PGA Tour tournaments. His Masters win in 1976 was among the most dominating performances in the tournament's history. He tied Jack Nicklaus's then record of 17-under and beat runner-up Ben Crenshaw by eight strokes. Floyd's record at the Masters includes 11 top-10 finishes, including three second place finishes in 1985, 1990, and 1992.

  • #35. Fuzzy Zoeller
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    #35. Fuzzy Zoeller

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1979
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Fuzzy Zoeller is one of only three golfers to win the Masters in his first time playing in the tournament (the other two were Horton Smith and Gene Sarazen, who won the first two Masters ever played). Zoeller beat out Tom Watson and Ed Sneed in a sudden-death playoff when all three were tied after 72 holes. However, there were other moments at Augusta during Zoeller's career that he would probably like to forget; he will forever be remembered for telling Tiger Woods not to order fried chicken and collard greens at the next Champions Dinner at Augusta after Woods won the tournament in 1997.

  • #34. Craig Stadler
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    #34. Craig Stadler

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1982
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Nicknamed “The Walrus” for his hefty stature and giant mustache, Craig Stadler won the 1982 Masters tournament for the first and only major of his successful career. Stadler beat out a tough field that included Seve Ballesteros, Tom Watson, Raymond Floyd, and Jack Nicklaus. Stadler ultimately won 13 PGA Tour events and his son Kevin Stadler currently plays on the tour.

  • #33. Larry Mize
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    #33. Larry Mize

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1987
    - Masters runner up: 0

    One of the most unlikely winners in Masters history, Larry Mize hit the biggest shot of his life in 1987 to take home the title. Battling superstars Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros in a playoff, Mize chipped in a birdie on the 11th hole to shock the world and take home the green jacket. The Masters was Mize's only major victory in a career where he won just four PGA events.

  • #32. Sandy Lyle
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    #32. Sandy Lyle

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1988
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Scottish golfer Sandy Lyle had more success on the European Tour then he did in America, winning 18 tournaments abroad versus six on the PGA circuit. Lyle's successful career includes two major victories, the first at the 1985 Open Championship, with the other coming at the 1988 Masters. Lyle is the first player born in the U.K. to win the Masters, kicking off a run of four straight years of U.K. winners. He was followed by Nick Faldo in 1989 and 1990, and Ian Woosnam in 1991.

  • #31. Ian Woosnam
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    #31. Ian Woosnam

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1991
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Though he was one of the shortest PGA Tour players ever (standing at just over 5-foot-4), Ian Woosnam was no slouch on the golf course. Born in Wales, Woosnam is a 29-time winner on the European Tour and a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, the second victory being the Masters in 1991. Woosnam is the first and only player from Wales to win the green jacket and also holds the record for being the oldest player to win the World Match Play Championship at the age of 43, in 2001.

  • #30. Fred Couples
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    #30. Fred Couples

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1992
    - Masters runner up: 1
    - Year(s) runner up: 1998

    In 1992, Fred Couples won three tournaments including the Masters, won PGA Player of the Year for the second straight season, captured the Vardon Trophy, and was the #1 ranked golfer in the world, a title he held for 16 weeks. Couples, known for his incredibly smooth swing and demeanor, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013.

  • #29. Mark O'Meara
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    #29. Mark O'Meara

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 1998
    - Masters runner up: 0

    At the age of 41, Mark O'Meara won the PGA Player of the Year in 1998, capping off one of the best runs in major golf history. O'Meara not only won the Masters and the The Open Championship, he tied for third at the U.S. Open and fourth at the PGA Championship. In total, O'Meara won 16 PGA events and peaked at the #2 ranking in the world in 1998, behind good friend Tiger Woods.

  • #28. Vijay Singh
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    #28. Vijay Singh

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2000
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Dubbed “The Big Fijian,” Vijay Singh is a Fiji-born golfer who has won three major championships and 34 PGA Tour events. Singh became the first and only Fijian to win the Masters by taking home the green jacket in 2000. Singh's career is filled with highlights, but his most memorable ones came in 2004, when he shot to the top of the world rankings by winning nine tournaments (including the PGA Championship) and earning PGA Player of the Year honors.

  • #27. Mike Weir
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    #27. Mike Weir

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2003
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Mike Weir is one of the more improbable Masters winners, especially now that he's playing on the Tour (the PGA's minor leagues). But when Weir won at Augusta in 2003, it was his third title of the year and he enjoyed a top 10 world golf ranking. As one of the few left-handed players on tour, the Canadian born Weir has won eight PGA Tour events.

  • #26. Zach Johnson
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    #26. Zach Johnson

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2007
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Zach Johnson is the epitome of a golf grinder. He worked his way up through various tours like the Hooters Tour, the Prairie Golf Tour, and Tour before finally earning his PGA Tour card in 2003. Heading into the 2007 Masters, Johnson had only won a single PGA event, but after taking home the green jacket, he won 12 PGA tournaments and The Open Championship in 2015.

  • #25. Trevor Immelman
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    #25. Trevor Immelman

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2008
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Following in the footsteps of great South African golfers like Gary Player, Ernie Els, and Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman made his country proud by taking home the 2008 Masters championship. Immelman is a real journeyman, having played on the PGA Tour, the European Tour, and the Sunshine Tour (a professional tour in South Africa). In winning the Masters, Immelman had to fend off Tiger Woods, who nearly erased a six-shot deficit but ultimately came in second.

  • #24. Ángel Cabrera
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    #24. Ángel Cabrera

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2009
    - Masters runner up: 1
    - Year(s) runner up: 2013

    Affectionately known on tour as “El Pato” (the Duck) for his waddling walk, Ángel Cabrera is an Argentine golfer who has won three tournaments on the PGA Tour—two of which are majors. Cabrera won the 2007 U.S. Open and then followed it up by winning the 2009 Masters, besting a leaderboard that included Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Cabrera is a true rags-to-riches story as he was born in a shanty town and learned to play by caddying when he was 10.

  • #23. Charl Schwartzel
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    #23. Charl Schwartzel

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2011
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Charl Schwartzel is the third South African to win a green jacket following Gary Player and Trevor Immelman. When Schwartzel won in 2011, he had to overcome lights-out final rounds from Tiger Woods, Jason Day, and Adam Scott, and ultimately prevailed by two strokes. Schwartzel has won all around the world including events on the PGA Tour, the European Tour, the Sunshine Tour, and the Asian Tour.

  • #22. Adam Scott
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    #22. Adam Scott

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2013
    - Masters runner up: 1
    - Year(s) runner up: 2011

    While Greg Norman came close, finishing in the top 10 at the Masters nine times, it was Adam Scott who claimed the first Masters title for his home country of Australia. Scott won the Masters in 2013, edging out Ángel Cabrera in a playoff, but his illustrious career also includes 13 PGA Tour wins and 10 European Tour wins. The height of Scott's career came in 2014, when he earned the #1 ranking in the world.

  • #21. Jordan Spieth
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    #21. Jordan Spieth

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2015
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 2014, 2016

    Jordan Spieth certainly seems to like playing at Augusta. His first time out in 2014, he finished second. In 2015 he won, tying Tiger Woods for the lowest score in tournament history and becoming the second youngest ever to win (behind Woods). Spieth finished second again in 2016, followed by a tie for 11th in 2017, and a third place finish in 2018. Since turning pro in 2012, Spieth has won three majors and 11 PGA titles, putting him on pace for a hall of fame career.

  • #20. Danny Willett
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    #20. Danny Willett

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2016
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Though the U.K, has had a number of Masters winners, only two of them are from England—Nick Faldo and Danny Willett. Willett won the 2016 Masters after frontrunner Jordan Spieth had an epic collapse on the back nine, surrendering a five shot advantage. The Masters is Willett's only win on the PGA Tour, though he has six titles on the European Tour.

  • #19. Sergio García
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    #19. Sergio García

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2017
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Sergio García long held the dubious title of best player to never win a major. That title hung like an albatross around his neck for 73 straight major tournaments, until he finally broke through at the 2017 Masters. Even though it took a long time win that first major, the Spanish-born García was still a force to be reckoned with, logging 10 PGA Tour wins and 15 European Tour victories.

  • #18. Patrick Reed
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    #18. Patrick Reed

    - Masters wins: 1
    - Year(s) won: 2018
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Patrick Reed holds the title of reigning Masters champion after edging past Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, and Rory McIlroy in the final round in 2018. In addition to the Masters, Reed has carded five other PGA Tour wins but has also earned a salty reputation. Reed's checkered history includes cheating accusations, gay slurs, and confrontations with other players.

  • #17. Horton Smith
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    #17. Horton Smith

    - Masters wins: 2
    - Year(s) won: 1934, 1936
    - Masters runner up: 0

    There are dozens of individual records in and around the Masters tournament, but there are very few ‘firsts.' Horton Smith lays claim to a couple of those firsts since he's the inaugural winner of the very first tournament in 1934. He's also the first two-time winner as he won again in 1936. Additionally, Smith is the first winner to lead after all four rounds of the tournament (also in 1934).

  • #16. Byron Nelson
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    #16. Byron Nelson

    - Masters wins: 2
    - Year(s) won: 1937, 1942
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 1941, 1947

    Few players have won more than Byron Nelson. With 52 PGA titles, he's sixth on the all-time list and with five major victories, he's tied for 14th all-time. Nelson is a two-time winner of the Masters (1937 and 1942), but it was in 1944 and 1945 where he truly dominated. In 1944, Nelson won eight tour events, and the next year he won a record 18, including 11 in a row. Both records stand to this day and are considered by some to be unbreakable.

  • #15. Ben Hogan
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    #15. Ben Hogan

    - Masters wins: 2
    - Year(s) won: 1951, 1953
    - Masters runner up: 4
    - Year(s) runner up: 1942, 1946, 1954, 1955

    In any discussion of greatest players ever, Ben Hogan's name is usually mentioned along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Hogan won nine major championships including two Masters in 1951 and 1953. Hogan's second Masters shattered the previous scoring record when he shot 14-under, a mark that stood until Jack Nicklaus surpassed it in 1965. Hogan was also the runner-up at the Masters four times. With 64 PGA Tour wins, Hogan is fourth on the all-time list, he's a four-time winner of the PGA Player of the Year, and is the only player to ever win the Masters, the U.S. Open, and The Open Championship in the same year.

  • #14. Tom Watson
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    #14. Tom Watson

    - Masters wins: 2
    - Year(s) won: 1977, 1981
    - Masters runner up: 3
    - Year(s) runner up: 1978, 1979, 1984

    Not only did Tom Watson win the Masters twice, he had a 15 year run from 1977–1991 where he finished second three times, was in the top 10 on 13 occasions, and in the top five a whopping eight times. Notably, his two Masters wins were both over second place finisher Jack Nicklaus. In addition to the Masters, Watson won 39 PGA events including one U.S. Open and five Open Championships, which is the second most all-time. Watson earned PGA Player of the Year six times, including four straight honors from 1977–1980. In 2018, Watson turned back the clock, when at the age of 68, he became the oldest winner of the annual Par 3 contest that takes place before the Masters.

  • #13. Seve Ballesteros
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    #13. Seve Ballesteros

    - Masters wins: 2
    - Year(s) won: 1980, 1983
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 1985, 1987

    Spanish-born champion Severiano “Seve” Ballesteros is considered to be one of, if not the greatest European golfer of all time. He still holds the record for most wins on the European Tour (50) to go along with nine PGA victories including five major championships. Ballesteros won his first Masters in 1980, when he was only 23 years old and followed it up with a second victory in 1983. With his win in 1980, Ballesteros holds the distinction of being the first European to win the green jacket.

  • #12. Bernhard Langer
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    #12. Bernhard Langer

    - Masters wins: 2
    - Year(s) won: 1985, 1993
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Second only to Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer won the most tournaments on the European Tour with 42 titles. Adding to that total are three wins on the PGA Tour, two of which were the 1985 and 1993 Masters championships. The German-born Langer won his first Masters by beating out Ballesteros who came in second, and he also became the second European to win the event (after Ballesteros). Today, Langer plays on the Champions Tour (otherwise known as the Senior Tour) where he has won 39 titles, second only to Hale Irwin.

  • #11. Ben Crenshaw
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    #11. Ben Crenshaw

    - Masters wins: 2
    - Year(s) won: 1984, 1995
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 1976, 1983

    Ben Crenshaw shot onto the golf scene in 1973, becoming only the second player in history to win in his professional tournament debut. It wasn't until 11 years later, though, that he earned his first green jacket, beating out Tom Watson and avenging his second place finish to Seve Ballesteros the year before. Crenshaw's second Masters title took an additional 11 years to capture, as he won in 1995. It turned out the be the last PGA Tour event he would ever finish on top, but he made it memorable, dedicating the victory to his late great teacher Harvey Penick, who died the week before.

  • #10. José María Olazábal
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    #10. José María Olazábal

    - Masters wins: 2
    - Year(s) won: 1994, 1999
    - Masters runner up: 1
    - Year(s) runner up: 1991

    Along with Seve Ballesteros and Sergio García, José María Olazábal is one of the best Spanish-born golfers to ever play, carding 23 wins in Europe and two Masters championships. His first Masters win came in 1994, when he outplayed Tom Lehman in the final group. His second was in 1999, beating playing partner Greg Norman, who experienced another Masters letdown. Olazábal was always a mainstay on the European Ryder Cup team, often partnering with Ballesteros and García, and he captained the 2012 team, which had the greatest Ryder Cup comeback of all time.

  • #9. Bubba Watson
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    #9. Bubba Watson

    - Masters wins: 2
    - Year(s) won: 2012, 2014
    - Masters runner up: 0

    Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson Jr. is one of the more eccentric players on tour. He often plays with a pink or green golf ball. He hits with a shocking pink driver. Watson is also known for being a bit cantankerous on the course. Despite all those quirks, there's no denying his talent as this left-handed player has won 12 times on the PGA Tour, including twice at the Masters, in 2012 and 2014. The latter was also Watson's best year on tour, as he elevated himself to #4 in the world rankings.

  • #8. Jimmy Demaret
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    #8. Jimmy Demaret

    - Masters wins: 3
    - Year(s) won: 1940, 1947, 1950
    - Masters runner up: 0

    In a long career that spanned more than 20 years, Jimmy Demaret holds the distinction of being the first three-time winner of the Masters. Winning in 1940, 1947, and 1950, Demaret had to fend off all-time greats like Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, and Sam Snead, respectively. Demaret ultimately won 31 PGA events and enjoyed a second career as a golf broadcaster in the 1960s.

  • #7. Sam Snead
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    #7. Sam Snead

    - Masters wins: 3
    - Year(s) won: 1949, 1952, 1954
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 1939, 1957

    The greatest winner in the history of golf? It's not Tiger Woods. It's not Jack Nicklaus. Sam Snead won a record 82 PGA titles (Woods has 80, Nicklaus 73), including seven majors with three Masters. Snead's first Masters win in 1949 also coincides with the first year the tournament handed out the green jacket to winners. In addition to his record amount of titles, Snead also holds the record for oldest player to win a PGA event when he won the Greater Greensboro Open at the age of 52.

  • #6. Gary Player
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    #6. Gary Player

    - Masters wins: 3
    - Year(s) won: 1961, 1974, 1978
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 1962, 1965

    South African-born Gary Player is rightfully known for his nine major championships and countless other wins on the PGA Tour and around the world. Winner of the Masters in 1961, 1974, and 1978, Player was the first non-American to win the event, beating out Arnold Palmer. Off the course, Player is regarded as a fitness guru, and was the oldest athlete to show all in ESPN Magazine's annual body issue.

  • #5. Nick Faldo
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    #5. Nick Faldo

    - Masters wins: 3
    - Year(s) won: 1989, 1990, 1996
    - Masters runner up: 0

    English champion Nick Faldo may be more familiar to fans today as a commentator during major golf events. But in his prime, Faldo was considered the best golfer in the world and held the #1 ranking for nearly 100 weeks of his career. In all, Faldo won six major championships, including three at the Masters. Faldo won back-to-back Masters in 1989 and 1990, making him the second player to ever achieve the feat (first was Jack Nicklaus, and since Tiger Woods). Faldo's Masters win in 1996 is also the greatest come-from-behind victory, thanks for Greg Norman's infamous collapse down the leaderboard. Going into the final round, Faldo trailed Norman by six strokes and ended up winning by five, as Norman shot 78 to Faldo's 67.

  • #4. Phil Mickelson
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    #4. Phil Mickelson

    - Masters wins: 3
    - Year(s) won: 2004, 2006, 2010
    - Masters runner up: 1
    - Year(s) runner up: 2015

    Often considered one of the best golfers ever, it actually took Phil Mickelson a long time to claim his first major. After 12 years on tour, Mickelson finally broke through with the 2004 Masters, beating Ernie Els by a single stroke. Following up on the success, Mickelson claimed two more Masters titles in 2006 and 2010, added a PGA Championship in 2005, and The Open Championship in 2013. The U.S. Open has eluded him, however, with Mickelson finishing in second place six times. In addition to majors, Mickelson has won 44 PGA events, though surprisingly has never held the #1 ranking in the world.

  • #3. Arnold Palmer
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    #3. Arnold Palmer

    - Masters wins: 4
    - Year(s) won: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 1961, 1965

    He may not be considered the best golfer ever (though it's close), but he's probably the most popular. Arnold Palmer was the first golfer to win four Masters tournaments, taking the green jacket in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964, and trading off with Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus in the intervening years. Palmer won seven major titles and 62 PGA events, putting him at fifth all-time. Off the course, Palmer was a bonafide superstar and generally considered the father of modern sports marketing, making millions more with products then he ever did on the links.

  • #2. Tiger Woods
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    #2. Tiger Woods

    - Masters wins: 4
    - Year(s) won: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005
    - Masters runner up: 2
    - Year(s) runner up: 2007, 2008

    Tiger Woods holds so many records and distinctions that it would be impossible to summarize here. But the four-time Masters winner was the youngest to ever win the green jacket. He holds the record for lowest four-round total at Augusta (tied with Jordan Spieth), and he holds the record for largest margin of victory (12 strokes in 1997). Overall, Woods has won 80 PGA events, second only to Sam Snead; 14 majors, second to Jack Nicklaus; plus an additional 40 European Tour events, only behind Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros. It's safe to say that Woods is firmly implanted on the Mount Rushmore of golf.

  • #1. Jack Nicklaus
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    #1. Jack Nicklaus

    - Masters wins: 6
    - Year(s) won: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986
    - Masters runner up: 4
    - Year(s) runner up: 1964, 1971, 1977, 1981

    Nicknamed the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus is considered by many to be the greatest player to ever swing a golf club and has the numbers to prove it. At the Masters, Nicklaus is the only six-time winner and has four second place finishes. In all, Nicklaus won 18 major championships came in second an astonishing 19 times, and finished in the top three 48 times. Overall, Nicklaus won 73 PGA events, was named PGA Player of the Year five times, and is the oldest player to even win a green jacket when he won in Augusta in 1986, at the age of 46.

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