The Masters Tournament, also referred to as the U.S. Masters, is one of the four major championships in the sport of men’s professional golf. The other three are the PGA Championship, the U.S. Open, and the Open Championship. The first three major championships are played in the United States, while the last is played in the UK. The PGA Championship and the U.S. Open are played at various locations in the U.S., but the Masters is an invitational golf tournament that is hosted by the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
The Masters golf tournament has been held every year since 1934, except for 1943-45, when many events were paused due to World War II. The Masters has had 53 winners over the years, with some winning multiple times. But which golfer holds the title for the most wins? Find out with this infographic from the Parker Waichman team that explores the golf pros who have won more than one Masters Tournament over the years, with one winning the coveted green jacket an amazing six times!
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Which Golf Pro Has Won the Most Masters Tournaments?
The golf pro who has won the Masters Tournament the most times is Jack Nicklaus, with six wins, which took place in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, and 1986. Nicklaus’s nickname was “the Golden Bear,” and he is considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time. His win in 1966 made him the first player to win the Masters Tournament two years in a row.
Golf’s modern-day hero, Tiger Woods, is a close second to Nicklaus, with five Masters Tournament wins under his belt. Tiger Woods won his first back in 1997, followed by wins in 2001, 2002, and 2005. After dealing with back issues for years, he made an unbelievable comeback and earned his fifth win in 2019.
Golf Pros Who Have Won the Most Masters Tournaments
- Jack Nicklaus won the Masters Tournament six times.
- Tiger Woods won the Masters Tournament five times.
- Arnold Palmer won the Masters Tournament four times.
- Jimmy Demaret won the Masters Tournament three times.
- Sam Snead won the Masters Tournament three times.
- Gary Player won the Masters Tournament three times.
- Nick Faldo won the Masters Tournament three times.
- Phil Mickelson won the Masters Tournament three times.
- Horton Smith won the Masters Tournament twice.
- Byron Nelson won the Masters Tournament twice.
Which Country Are the Most Masters Tournament Champions From?
Another aspect of these tournament-winning golf pros that we explored in this infographic was the countries they hailed from. A majority of the winners have been from the United States, with 62 Masters Tournaments won by 38 American golfers. Spain and South Africa tied for the second most, with five wins by three different golfers for both countries.
Masters Tournament Champions by Nationality
- The United States has had 62 wins by 38 different winners.
- Spain has had five wins by three different winners.
- South Africa has had five wins by three different winners.
- England has had four wins by two different winners.
- Germany has had two wins by one winner.
- Scotland has had one winner.
- Wales has had one winner.
- Fiji has had one winner.
- Canada has had one winner.
- Argentina has had one winner.
- Australia has had one winner.