The 5 Career Grand Slam Winners in Men's Golf

How those five did it, plus some of the giants who came close

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods during the 2000 PGA Championship
Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, two of the five Career Grand Slam winners. David Cannon/Getty Images

There has been only one single-season "grand slam" winner in golf history. But there are five winners of the "career Grand Slam" in men's golf. And the single-season winner is not among the five career winners! How is that possible?

The only golfer to win a calendar-year grand slam was Bobby Jones in 1930. That's before The Masters existed, and as an amateur golfer Jones did not play the PGA Championship.

His four victories were in the U.S. and British opens, and the U.S. and British amateur championships.

"Career Grand Slam," however, refers to winning all four of the professional majors in men's golf - the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship - at least once each over the course of one's career. And only five men in golf history have done that.

The 5 Career Grand Slam Winners

Here are the men who have won the career Grand Slam (listed from first to accomplish the feat to most recent):

Gene Sarazen
Sarazen completed the career Grand Slam with the 1935 Masters. His wins in the majors:

  • Masters: 1935
  • U.S. Open: 1922, 1932
  • British Open: 1932
  • PGA Championship: 1922, 1923, 1933

Ben Hogan
Hogan completed the career Grand Slam with the 1953 British Open. His wins in the majors:

  • Masters: 1951, 1953
  • U.S. Open: 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953
  • British Open: 1953
  • PGA Championship: 1946, 1948

Gary Player
Player completed the career Grand Slam with the 1965 U.S. Open.

His wins in the majors:

  • Masters: 1961, 1974, 1978
  • U.S. Open: 1965
  • British Open: 1959, 1968, 1974
  • PGA Championship: 1962, 1972

Jack Nicklaus
Nicklaus completed the career Grand Slam with the 1966 British Open. His wins in the majors:

  • Masters: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986
  • U.S. Open: 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980

Tiger Woods
Woods completed the career Grand Slam with the 2000 British Open. His wins in the majors:

  • Masters: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005
  • U.S. Open: 2000, 2002, 2008
  • British Open: 2000, 2005, 2006
  • PGA Championship: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007

Nicklaus and Woods are the only golfers of the five to win the career Grand Slam more than once, each having done it three times (meaning winning each of the majors at least three times).

Active Golfers In the Hunt for a Career Grand Slam

There are three active golfers who have won three of the four majors:

Phil Mickelson (5)

  • Won: The Masters, British Open, PGA Championship
  • Hasn't won: U.S. Open

Rory McIlroy (4)

  • Won: U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship
  • Hasn't won: The Masters

Jordan Spieth (3)

  • Won: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open
  • Hasn't won: PGA Championship

(Number in parentheses is the golfer's total wins in majors.)

Plus the Golf Giants Who Came Close

Some of the biggest names in golf history won three of the pro majors, but never got that fourth one that would have completed their career Grand Slam. Those golfers missing only one major title are:

Tom Watson (8)

  • Won: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open
  • Never won: PGA Championship

Arnold Palmer (7)

  • Won: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open
  • Never won: PGA Championship

Sam Snead (7)

  • Won: The Masters, British Open, PGA Championship
  • Never won: U.S. Open

Lee Trevino (6)

  • Won: U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship
  • Never won: The Masters

Byron Nelson (5)

  • Won: The Masters, U.S. Open, PGA Championship
  • Never won: British Open

Raymond Floyd (4)

  • Won: The Masters, U.S. Open, PGA Championship
  • Never won: British Open

In addition, two golfers won the other three majors before The Masters debuted in 1934:

  • Jim Barnes retired from tour golf before The Masters began.
  • Tommy Armour was still playing when The Masters arrived, but was never a threat to win it and his other three majors came earlier.