MAJOR WINS 18 Jack Nicklaus 14 Tiger Woods 11 Walter Hagen 9 Ben Hogan, Gary Player 8 Tom Watson 7 Harry Vardon, Gene Sarazen
, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer 6 Lee Trevino, Nick Faldo 5 James Braid, JH Taylo, Byron Nelson, Peter Thomson, Seve Ballesteros, Phil Mickelson WINNERS OF ALL FOUR MAJORS Gene Sarazen
- 1922 US Open, 1922 US PGA, 1932 Open, 1935 Masters (40 events) Ben Hogan - 1946 US PGA, 1948 US Open, 1951 Masters, 1953 Open (28) Gary Player - 1959 Open, 1961 Masters, 1962 US PGA, 1965 US Open (24) Jack Nicklaus - 1962 US Open, 1963 Masters, 1963 US PGA, 1966 Open (18) Tiger Woods - 1997 Masters, 1999 US PGA, 2000 US Open, 2000 Open (15) | For Nicklaus and Woods only their first Grand Slam cycle is shown.
Only five players in history - Gene Sarazen
, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Nicklaus and Woods - have won all four majors.
Walter Hagen lifted the USPGA Championship in 1924, 1925, 1926 and 1927, while Gene Sarazen
triumphed at the Miami Open in 1926, 1928, 1929 and 1930 (the 1927 tournament was moved forward a month to 1928).
Family always comes first, but Simpson must be sorely tempted to try to emulate the feat of Bobby Jones (1926 and 1930), Gene Sarazen
(1932), Ben Hogan (1953), Lee Trevino (1971), Tom Watson (1982) and Tiger Woods (2000).
Thirdly, he did enough in his sixth-placed finish in last week's world championship in Akron to show he was back in the mood to become the youngest player to win two majors since Gene Sarazen
nearly 90 years ago.
The Club has been the site of many golf firsts, including the celebration of the first 100 years of golf in the United States, which assembled golf greats like Gene Sarazen
, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus, in 1988, and the 1995 "Founders Cup.
Player is also part of another elite club containing only five members - Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen
, Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods are the others - to have won all four majors at least once and even at 62 he made the cut at Augusta.
The youngest is Gene Sarazen
, the 1922 matchplay winner at age 20.
Outright leader after every round: Ted Ray 1912, Bobby Jones 1927, Gene Sarazen
1932, Henry Cotton 1934, Tom Weiskopf 1973
Now he is halfway to a career Grand Slam, something achieved only by Gene Sarazen
, Ben Hogan, Nicklaus, Gary Player and Woods.
15 that helped Gene Sarazen
get into a playoff he won in the second Masters, in 1935.
After becoming something of a phenom, shooting 62 at Audubon and competing in local matches against Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen
and Fred McLeod, he found a guiding light toward his career development in H.
Past champions include such legends as Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen
, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.
McIlroy practised last week at Augusta National with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as he looks to claim a rst green jacket and join Gene Sarazen
, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning all four majors.
And Knox said yesterday he could save McIlroy a handful of shots which might make all the difference to his bid to join Gene Sarazen
, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning all four major titles.