The PGA Championship is often hailed as a “privilege” for a golfer, in that it makes his career much more secure if he is not already one of the elite in the sport.
PGA champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors (The Masters, US Open and British Open) for the next five years and are exempt from qualifying for the PGA Championship for life. They also receive membership on the PGA TOUR for the following five seasons and invitations to The Players Championship for five years.
Out of the 90 times that a PGA Championship has been crowned, only 18 men can say that they have won two or more of those titles since the inaugural year of 1916.
Nobody has won more PGA Championships than Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus. Both golfers share five titles apiece ranging from 1921 to 1980. Hagen won all five of his championships in the 1920s, while Nicklaus’ titles are spread out through the 60s, 70s and 1980.
The next closest golfer to the five-win feat is Tiger Woods, who has four. Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead each have three and there are a total of 13 players who have a total of two wins each, including Vijay Singh and Lee Trevino.
Consider the golfers who have never won a PGA Championship and the multiple win triumph can be even more appreciated.
Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Nick Faldo are just three names that have never won a PGA Championship. Phil Mickelson finished second, third and sixth before finally capturing his first PGA Championship in 2005.
If the PGA Championship does in fact give golfers several privileges in which make his career much more secure, what does it mean for the golfers who have won two or more of those titles?
Top Information Web Sites
The official site of the PGA Championship provides news, event info and a look at the history of the PGA tournament.
Senior PGA Championship:
Official site of the Senior PGA Championship.
The Golf Channel:
The latest news, player profiles, current weather forecasts, complete TV air times and a look back at the 2005 championship.
Keep up with the latest news, catch the scores on the leader board, get the full schedule, key statistics and find out who the money leaders are as the tournaments lead up to the action in the PGA Championship.
Watch for classic coverage of this year's championship with the Beeb's usual top-notch video and audio reports, live updates, news features, schedule, standings, and player profiles.
Top News Stories
Padraig Harrington wins PGA Championship
Read and discuss Padraig Harrington's 2008 PGA Championship at the Scores Report.
The Front Nine:
SI.com’s Scott Wraight ranks Tiger Wood’s most impressive PGA Tour performances of all time.
Fight to the Finish:
Hailed as one of the greatest summer of golf, Tiger Woods birdies the last two holes in regulation and won the 2000 PGA Championship in a playoff over Bob May.
Vijay Singh’s 2004 season:
Golf Today discusses Vijay Singh’s 2004 season and where he ranks all time against the greatest single-season performances in tour history.
Ranking the Greatest Golfers at the PGA Championship:
About.com ranks the top five greatest PGA Championships of all time.
Love thy Father:
In 1997, Davis Love III dedicates his PGA Championship to his late father Davis Love Jr.
The best to never win a PGA Championship:
The best to never win a PGA Championship? About.com has the top 10.
PGA Championship Winners
|2008||Padraig Harrington, Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Township, Michigan|
|2007||Tiger Woods, Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|2006||Tiger Woods, Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Illinois|
|2005||Phil Mickelson, Baltsurol, Springfield, New Jersey|
|2004||Vijay Singh, Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin|
|2003||Shaun Micheel, Oak Hill, Rochester, New York|
|2002||Rich Beem, Hazeltine, Chaska, Minnesota|
|2001||David Toms, Atlanta Athletic Club, Duluth, Georgia|
|2000||Tiger Woods, Valhalla, Louisville, Kentucky|
|1999||Tiger Woods, Medinah, Medinah, Illinois|
|1998||Vijay Singh, Sahalee, Redmond, Washington|
|1997||Davis Love III, Winged Foot, Mamaroneck, New York|
|1996||Mark Brooks, Valhalla, Louisville, Kentucky|
|1995||Steve Elkington, Riviera, Los Angeles, California|
|1994||Nick Price, Southern Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|1993||Paul Azinger, Inverness, Toledo, Ohio|
|1992||Nick Price, Bellerive, St. Louis|
|1991||John Daly, Crooked Stick, Carmel, Indiana|
|1990||Wayne Grady, Shoal Creek, Birmingham, Alabama|
|1989||Payne Stewart, Kemper Lakes, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois|
|1988||Jeff Sluman, Oak Tree, Edmond, Oklahoma|
|1987||Larry Nelson, PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida|
|1986||Bob Tway, Inverness, Toledo, Ohio|
|1985||Hubert Green, Cherry Hills, Denver|
|1984||Lee Trevino, Shoal Creek, Birmingham, Alabama|
|1983||Hal Sutton, Riviera, Pacific Palisades, California|
|1982||Raymond Floyd, Southern Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|1981||Larry Nelson, Atlanta Athletic Club, Duluth, Georgia|
|1980||Jack Nicklaus, Oak Hill, Rochester, New York|
|1979||David Graham, Oakland Hills, Birmingham, Michigan|
|1978||John Mahaffey, Oakmont, Oakmont, Pennsylvania|
|1977||Lanny Wadkins, Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, California|
|1976||Dave Stockton, Congressional, Bethesda, Maryland|
|1975||Jack Nicklaus, Firestone, Akron, Ohio|
|1974||Lee Trevino, Tanglewood, Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|1973||Jack Nicklaus, Canterbury, Cleveland|
|1972||Gary Player, Oakland Hills, Birmingham, Alabama|
|1971||Jack Nicklaus, PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida|
|1970||Dave Stockton, Southern Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|1969||Ray Floyd, NCR, Dayton, Ohio|
|1968||Julius Boros, Pecan Valley, San Antonio, Texas|
|1967||Don January, Columbine, Littleton, Colorado|
|1966||Al Geiberger, Firestone, Akron, Ohio|
|1965||Dave Marr, Laurel Valley, Ligonier, Pennsylvania|
|1964||Bobby Nichols, Columbus, Columbus, Ohio|
|1963||Jack Nicklaus, Dallas Athletic Club, Dallas|
|1962||Gary Player, Aronomink, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania|
|1961||Jerry Barber, Olympia Fields, Olympia Fields, Illinois|
|1960||Jay Hebert, Firestone, Akron, Ohio|
|1959||Bob Rosburg, Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, Minnesota|
|1958||Dow Finsterwald, Llanerch, Havertown, Pennsylvania|
|1957||Lionel Hebert, Miami Valley, Dayton, Ohio|
|1956||Jack Burke, Blue Hill, Boston|
|1955||Doug Ford, Meadowbrook, Detroit|
|1954||Chick Harbert, Keller, St. Paul, Minnesota|
|1953||Walter Burkemo, Birmingham, Birmingham, Michigan|
|1952||Jim Turnesa, Big Spring, Louisville, Kentucky|
|1951||Sam Snead, Oakmont, Oakmont, Pennsylvania|
|1950||Chandler Harper, Scioto, Columbus, Ohio|
|1949||Sam Snead, Hermitage, Richmond, Virginia|
|1948||Ben Hogan, Norwood Hills, St. Louis|
|1947||Jim Ferrier, Plum Hollow, Detroit|
|1946||Ben Hogan, Portland, Portland, Oregon|
|1945||Byron Nelson, Morraine, Dayton, Ohio|
|1944||Bob Hamilton, Manito, Spokane, Washington|
|1943||No championship played|
|1942||Sam Snead, Seaview, Atlantic City, New Jersey|
|1941||Vic Ghezzi, Cherry Hills, Denver|
|1940||Byron Nelson, Hershey, Hershey, Pennsylvania|
|1939||Henry Picard, Pomonok, Flushing, New York|
|1938||Paul Runyan, Shawnee, Shawnee-on-Delaware, Pennsylvania|
|1937||Denny Shute, Pittsburgh, Aspinwall, Pennsylvania|
|1936||Denny Shute, Pinehurst, Pinehurst, North Carolina|
|1935||Johnny Revolta, Twin Hills, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|1934||Paul Runyan, Park, Williamsville, New York|
|1933||Gene Sarazen, Blue Mound, Milwaukee|
|1932||Olin Dutra, Keller, St. Paul, Minnesota|
|1931||Tom Creavy, Wannamoisett, Rumford, Rhode Island|
|1930||Tommy Armour, Fresh Meadow, Flushing, New York|
|1929||Leo Diegel, Hillcrest, Los Angeles|
|1928||Leo Diegel, Five Farms, Baltimore|
|1927||Walter Hagen, Cedar Crest, Dallas|
|1926||Walter Hagen, Salisbury, Westbury, New York|
|1925||Walter Hagen, Olympia Fields, Olympia Fields, Illinois|
|1924||Walter Hagen, French Lick, French Lick, Indiana|
|1923||Gene Sarazen, Pelham, Pelham, New York|
|1922||Gene Sarazen, Oakmont, Oakmont, Pennsylvania|
|1921||Walter Hagen, Inwood, Far Rockaway, New York|
|1920||Jock Hutchison, Flossmoor, Flossmoor, Illinois|
|1919||James M. Barnes, Engineers, Roslyn, New York|
|1918||No championship played|
|1917||No championship played|
|1916||James M. Barnes, Siwanoy, Bronxville, New York|