U.S. Open Winners: Who Has Won the Major the Most Times?

U.S. Open Winners
U.S. Open Winners

U.S. Open Winners – This year is the 124th U.S. Open, and in those 124 years, no one has won the event more than four times.

Four golfers have won the U.S. Open Championship trophy four times each, while two golfers have won it three times. Additionally, 12 other golfers have won the title twice. Let’s take a look at the list of golfers with the most wins of all time.

U.S. Open Winners

U.S. Open Winners

Jack Nicklaus, 4

Jack Nicklaus won the U.S. Open four times – in 1962, 1967, 1972, and 1980 – spanning over three decades. He was the only golfer to hold the lead or a share of the lead for all four days in his 1972 and 1980 wins. His 18-year gap between his first and last U.S. Open titles is a record. Nicklaus also holds the record for the most U.S. Open appearances with 44, which is 10 more than Hale Irwin’s record of 34 appearances.

Ben Hogan, 4

Ben Hogan won four U.S. Open championships within six years: in 1948, 1950, 1951, and 1953. He missed the 1949 Open due to a serious car crash, but he made a remarkable recovery and returned in 1950 to win his second championship. In 1951, he began with a first-round score of 76, which was the highest first-round score by a winner since World War II. He also holds the record for the most top-10 finishes, with a total of 10.

Bobby Jones, 4

Bobby Jones is one of the seven golfers who have won the U.S. Open two years in a row. His wins came in 1923, 1926, 1929, and 1930. He is one of only five amateurs to win the Open and the only amateur to win it more than once.

Willie Anderson, 4

Willie Anderson achieved an impressive feat by winning the U.S. Open four times in 1901, 1903, 1904, and 1905. Notably, he won the title three years in a row, making him the only golfer to do so. His 1901 victory included a third-round score of 83 and a four-day total of 331, which was the highest during that time.

U.S. Open Winners
Tiger Woods gives a thumbs up to the crowd on the No. 9 green during a practice round for the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia on April 9, 2024.

Tiger Woods, 3

Tiger Woods claimed three titles in 2000, 2002, and 2008. He achieved wire-to-wire victories in 2000 and 2002, making him the only golfer to accomplish this feat twice. In his 2000 win at Pebble Beach, he had the largest 36-hole lead (6 strokes), the largest 54-hole lead (10 strokes), and the largest margin of victory (15 strokes). These records had stood for 101 years before Woods surpassed them.

Hale Irwin, 3

Hale Irwin won the U.S. Open three times: in 1974, 1979, and 1990. He shares the record for the longest time span between victories at 11 years. In 1984, he led after the first three rounds but did not win, joining a group of 12 golfers who have done the same. In 1990, at the age of 45, he became the oldest winner of the U.S. Open. He was given a special exemption to compete that year.

U.S. Open Winners

U.S. Open Winners by Year

YEARCHAMPIONSCORESITECITYSTATEENTRIES
2023Wyndham Clark270 (-10)The Los Angeles Country ClubLos AngelesCalif.10,187
2022Matt Fitzpatrick274 (-6)The Country ClubBrooklineMass.9,265
2021Jon Rahm278 (-6)Torrey Pines Golf CourseSan DiegoCalif.9,069
2020Bryson DeChambeau274 (-6)Winged Foot G.C.MamaroneckN.Y.NA (All-exempt field to due COVID-19)
2019Gary Woodland271 (-13)Pebble Beach Golf LinksPebble BeachCalif.9,125
2018Brooks Koepka281 (+1)Shinnecock Hills G.C.SouthamptonN.Y.9,049
2017Brooks Koepka272 (-16)Erin HillsErinWis.9485
2016Dustin Johnson276 (-4)Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.9877
2015Jordan Spieth275 (-5)Chambers BayUniversity PlaceWash.9882
2014Martin Kaymer271 (-9)Pinehurst Resort & C.C.Village of PinehurstN.C.10127
2013Justin Rose281 (+1)Merion Golf ClubArdmorePa.9860
2012Webb Simpson281 (+1)The Olympic ClubSan FranciscoCalif.9006
2011Rory McIlroy268 (-16)Congressional C.C.BethesdaMd.8300
2010Graeme McDowell284 (E)Pebble Beach G.L.Pebble BeachCalif.9052
2009Lucas Glover276 (-4)Bethpage State ParkFarmingdaleN.Y.9086
2008Tiger Woods*281 (-1)Torrey Pines G.C.San DiegoCalif.8390
2007Angel Cabrera285 (+5)Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.8544
2006Geoff Ogilvy285 (+5)Winged Foot G.C.MamaroneckN.Y.8584
2005Michael Campbell280 (E)Pinehurst Resort & C.C.Village of PinehurstN.C.9048
2004Retief Goosen276 (-4)Shinnecock Hills G.C.SouthamptonN.Y.8726
2003Jim Furyk272 (-8)Olympia Fields C.C.Olympia FieldsIll.7820
2002Tiger Woods277 (-3)Bethpage State ParkFarmingdaleN.Y.8648
2001Retief Goosen*276 (-4)Southern Hills C.C.TulsaOkla.8398
2000Tiger Woods272 (-12)Pebble Beach G.L.Pebble BeachCalif.8455
1999Payne Stewart279 (-1)Pinehurst R. & C.C.Village of PinehurstN.C.7889
1998Lee Janzen280 (E)The Olympic ClubSan FranciscoCalif.7117
1997Ernie Els276 (-4)Congressional C.C.BethesdaMd.7013
1996Steve Jones278 (-2)Oakland Hills C.C.Bloomfield HillsMich.5925
1995Corey Pavin280 (E)Shinnecock Hills G.C.SouthamptonN.Y.6001
1994Ernie Els*279 (-5)Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.6010
1993Lee Janzen272 (-8)Baltusrol Golf ClubSpringfieldN.J.5905
1992Tom Kite285 (-3)Pebble Beach G.L.Pebble BeachCalif.6244
1991Payne Stewart282 (-6)Hazeltine National G.C.ChaskaMinn.6063
1990Hale Irwin*280 (-8)Medinah C.C.MedinahIll.6198
1989Curtis Strange278 (-2)Oak Hill C.C.RochesterN.Y.5786
1988Curtis Strange*278 (-6)The Country ClubBrooklineMass.5775
1987Scott Simpson277 (-3)The Olympic ClubSan FranciscoCalif.5696
1986Raymond Floyd279 (-1)Shinnecock Hills G.C.SouthamptonN.Y.5410
1985Andy North279 (-1)Oakland Hills C.C.BirminghamMich.5274
1984Fuzzy Zoeller*276 (-4)Winged Foot G.C.MamaroneckN.Y.5195
1983Larry Nelson280 (-4)Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.5039
1982Tom Watson282 (-6)Pebble Beach G.L.Pebble BeachCalif.5255
1981David Graham273 (-7)Merion Golf ClubArdmorePa.4946
1980Jack Nicklaus272 (-8)Baltusrol Golf ClubSpringfieldN.J.4812
1979Hale Irwin284 (E)Inverness ClubToledoOhio4853
1978Andy North285 (+1)Cherry Hills C.C.EnglewoodColo.4897
1977Hubert Green278 (-2)Southern Hills C.C.TulsaOkla.4608
1976Jerry Pate277 (-3)Atlanta Athletic ClubDuluthGa.4436
1975Lou Graham*287 (+3)Medinah C.C.MedinahIll.4214
1974Hale Irwin287 (+7)Winged Foot G.C.MamaroneckN.Y.3914
1973Johnny Miller279 (-5)Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.3580
1972Jack Nicklaus290 (+2)Pebble Beach G.L.Pebble BeachCalif.4196
1971Lee Trevino*280 (E)Merion Golf ClubArdmorePa.4279
1970Tony Jacklin281 (-7)Hazeltine National G.C.ChaskaMinn.3605
1969Orville Moody281 (+1)Champions Golf ClubHoustonTexas3397
1968Lee Trevino275 (-5)Oak Hill Country ClubRochesterN.Y.3007
1967Jack Nicklaus275 (-5)Baltusrol Golf ClubSpringfieldN.J.2651
1966Billy Casper Jr.*278 (-2)The Olympic ClubSan FranciscoCalif.2475
1965Gary Player*282 (+2)Bellerive C.C.St. LouisMo.2271
1964Ken Venturi278 (-2)Congressional C.C.BethesdaMd.2341
1963Julius Boros*293 (+9)The Country ClubBrooklineMass.2392
1962Jack Nicklaus*283 (-1)Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.2475
1961Gene Littler281 (+1)Oakland Hills C.C.BirminghamMich.2449
1960Arnold Palmer280 (-4)Cherry Hills C.C.EnglewoodColo.2453
1959Billy Casper Jr.282 (+2)Winged Foot G.C.MamaroneckN.Y.2385
1958Tommy Bolt283 (+3)Southern Hills C.C.TulsaOkla.2132
1957Dick Mayer*282 (+2)Inverness ClubToledoOhio1907
1956Cary Middlecoff281 (+1)Oak Hill C.C.RochesterN.Y.1921
1955Jack Fleck*287 (+7)The Olympic ClubSan FranciscoCalif.1522
1954Ed Furgol284 (+4)Baltusrol Golf ClubSpringfieldN.J.1928
1953Ben Hogan283 (-5)Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.1669
1952Julius Boros281 (+1)Northwood ClubDallasTexas1688
1951Ben Hogan287 (+7)Oakland Hills C.C.BirminghamMich.1511
1950Ben Hogan*287 (+7)Merion Golf ClubArdmorePa.1379
1949Cary Middlecoff286 (+2)Medinah C.C.MedinahIll.1348
1948Ben Hogan276 (-8)Riviera Country ClubLos AngelesCalif.1411
1947Lew Worsham*282 (-2)St. Louis C.C.ClaytonMo.1356
1946Lloyd Mangrum*284 (-4)Canterbury C.C.ClevelandOhio1175
1945No championship – World War II     
1944No championship – World War II     
1943No championship – World War II     
1942No championship – World War II     
1941Craig Wood284 (+4)Colonial Country ClubFort WorthTexas1048
1940Lawson Little*287 (-1)Canterbury C.C.ClevelandOhio1161
1939Byron Nelson*284 (+8)Philadelphia C.C.ConshohockenPa.1193
1938Ralph Guldahl284 (E)Cherry Hills C.C.EnglewoodColo.1223
1937Ralph Guldahl281 (-7)Oakland Hills C.C.BirminghamMich.1402
1936Tony Manero282 (-6)Baltusrol Golf ClubSpringfieldN.J.1277
1935Sam Parks Jr.299 (+11)Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.1125
1934Olin Dutra293 (+13)Merion Cricket ClubArdmorePa.1063
1933(a)-Johnny Goodman287 (-1)North Shore G.C.GlenviewIll.915
1932Gene Sarazen286 (+6)Fresh Meadow C.C.FlushingN.Y.1011
1931Billy Burke*292 (+8)Inverness ClubToledoOhio1141
1930(a)-Bob Jones287 (-1)Interlachen C.C.MinneapolisMinn.1177
1929(a)-Bob Jones*294 (+6)Winged Foot G.C.MamaroneckN.Y.1000
1928Johnny Farrell*294 (+10)Olympia Fields C.C.MattesonIll.1064
1927Tommy Armour*301 (+13)Oakmont C.C.OakmontPa.898
1926(a)-Bob Jones293 (+5)Scioto Country ClubColumbusOhio694
1925William Macfarlane*291 (+7)Worcester C.C.WorcesterMass.445
1924Cyril Walker297 (+9)Oakland Hills C.C.BirminghamMich.319
1923(a)-Bob Jones*296 (+8)Inwood Country ClubInwoodN.Y.360
1922Gene Sarazen288 (+8)Skokie Country ClubGlencoeIll.323
1921James M. Barnes289 (+9)Columbia C.C.Chevy ChaseMd.262
1920Edward Ray295 (+7)Inverness ClubToledoOhio265
1919Walter Hagen301 (+17)Brae Burn C.C.West NewtonMass.142
1918No championship – World War I     
1917No championship – World War I     
1916(a)-Charles Evans Jr.286 (-2)Minikahda ClubMinneapolisMinn.94
1915(a)-Jerome D. Travers297 (+9)Baltusrol Golf ClubSpringfieldN.J.141
1914Walter Hagen290 (+2)Midlothian C.C.Blue IslandIll.129
1913(a)-Francis Ouimet*304 (+20)The Country ClubBrooklineMass.165
1912John J. McDermott294 (-2)C.C. of BuffaloBuffaloN.Y.131
1911John J. McDermott*307 (+3)Chicago Golf ClubWheatonIll.79
1910Alex Smith*298 (+6)Philadelphia Cricket ClubPhiladelphiaPa.75
1909George Sargent290Englewood Golf ClubEnglewoodN.J.84
1908Fred McLeod*322Myopia Hunt ClubSouth HamiltonMass.88
1907Alex Ross302Philadelphia Cricket C.PhiladelphiaPa.82
1906Alex Smith295Onwentsia ClubLake ForestIll.68
1905Willie Anderson314Myopia Hunt ClubSouth HamiltonMass.83
1904Willie Anderson303Glen View ClubGolfIll.71
1903Willie Anderson*307Baltusrol Golf ClubSpringfieldN.J.89
1902Laurence Auchterlonie307Garden City Golf ClubGarden CityN.Y.90
1901Willie Anderson*331Myopia Hunt ClubSouth HamiltonMass.60
1900Harry Vardon313Chicago Golf ClubWheatonIll.60
1899Willie Smith315Baltimore C.C.BaltimoreMd.81
1898Fred Herd328Myopia Hunt ClubSouth HamiltonMass.49
1897Joe Lloyd162#Chicago Golf ClubWheatonIll.35
1896James Foulis152#Shinnecock Hills G.C.SouthamptonN.Y.35
1895Horace Rawlins173#Newport Golf ClubNewportR.I.11

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