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The most PGA Tour Champions major tournament victories is 12, achieved by Bernhard Langer (Germany) between 2010 and 2023.

The PGA Tour Champions is a men's professional senior tour open to players aged 50 and above. Langer’s victory at the 2023 US Senior Open saw him overtake Hale Irwin’s record of 45 wins on the tour. He has won all five of the tour’s major tournaments: the Tradition (2016, 2017), the Senior PGA Championship (2017), the Senior Players Championship (2014, 2015, 2016), the US Senior Open (2010, 2023) and the Senior Open Championship (2010, 2014, 2017, 2019).

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November 20, 2018

GARY PLAYER’S SENIOR BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES RECOGNIZED AS MAJORS BY THE PGA TOUR IN USA

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As a three-time winner of the Senior Open, Gary Player will now officially be recognized as a nine-time Senior Major champion by the PGA Tour and the PGA Champions Tour as he has always been by the remainder of the golfing world.

The Asian & European Tours, R&A and World Golf Hall of Fame already recognized the Senior Open Championship as a Senior Major, but now the PGA Tour and Champions Tour in the USA will at last join golf’s most influential bodies in honoring all Senior Open wins as Major victories, rather than only accepting those won after 2002. As such, the PGA Tour will now join the golfing world in acknowledging that Gary Player won nine Senior Majors, in addition to his nine Majors on the regular tour. Player remains the only golfer to win the career Grand Slam on both tours.

Player won the Senior Open Championship in 1988, 1990, and 1997. However, the PGA Tour previously only acknowledged Senior Open Championship wins after 2002 as official Major championships in the United States. This meant that the PGA Tour and Champions Tour only considered Player to have won six Senior Majors.

Player has worked to have his record set straight in the USA, consistently maintaining his record of nine Senior Majors in interviews and profiles. He has argued that all Senior Open victories should count and countered all excuses otherwise. He felt that precedent had been made when The Open Championship itself had also been made retroactive by the PGA Tour previously as well.

In one such discussion of the Major Championship records Player said, “Every tournament has to start somewhere, and then evolves. The Masters in 1934 was not what it is today, but every player who has won it is recognized as a Major winner. I remember Arnold Palmer telling me it was ‘bullsh–’ that the Senior Open Championship wasn’t an official major in the states. He so regretted not winning the Senior Open Championship when he was playing senior golf.”

But why does Gary Player, one of the greatest golfers in the history of the game, care about three Senior Open wins? He did not bring his family out of poverty as a young man by staying satisfied with the status quo. Everything in his life was and is still earned – including his nine Senior Major Championships of which he is so proud.

Player said, “What I have learned about myself is that I am an animal when it comes to hard work, achievement and success. There can never be enough for me.”

In response to the PGA Tour Policy Board’s decision, the Black Knight said, “I am thrilled to have my record officially acknowledged by the PGA Tour in America. I consider myself a global player who supports golf around the world. To finally have all of golf’s major governing bodies and tours recognize one of my proudest accomplishments means so much and I thank Commissioner Jay Monahan and the board with great appreciation.”

This change will also give 10 other players one, and in a few cases two, more senior majors to their names. These players include Christy O’Connor Jr., Sir Bob Charles, and Brian Barnes who all won twice, as well as Noboru Sugai, Ian Stanley, Brian Huggett, Tom Wargo, John Fourie, Bobby Verwey, and Neil Coles.

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Golf careers are ultimately defined by success in major championships, so it’s worth looking at who has the most major wins of all-time.

Only 14 players have ever notched at least six major wins. Learn more about them below as we take a closer look at many of the game’s greats who rank among the most prolific major champions.

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T12. Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino: 6 major wins

T12. Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino, 6 major wins

  • Masters Tournament (3): 2004, 2006, 2010
  • PGA Championship (2): 2005, 2021
  • The Open Championship: 2013
  • Masters Tournament (3): 1989, 1990, 1996
  • The Open Championship (3): 1987, 1990, 1992
  • U.S. Open (2): 1968, 1971
  • The Open Championship (2): 1971, 1972
  • PGA Championship (2): 1974, 1984

You almost can’t find a more fascinating collection of golfers than Mickelson, Faldo and Trevino. They all went about their business in wildly different ways, but still landed on six major wins apiece.

Mickelson won the PGA Championship in 2021 at Kiawah Island, making him the oldest player at 50 years old to win a major.

The Lefty, who hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy , showed that he’s still capable of thriving at the highest level of golf, and it was also some nice payback for several other majors that didn’t go his way. With his short game brilliance that rivals anyone in history, Mickelson is a six-time runner-up at the U.S. Open, the only leg missing from his career Grand Slam.

In addition, at the 2016 Open Championship, “Phil the Thrill” finished 11 strokes ahead of third-place finisher J.B. Holmes. Unfortunately, Henrik Stenson denied Mickelson a second Claret Jug, winning by three in a duel for the ages at Royal Troon.

Faldo is a fascinating case. When you watched CBS golf telecasts, you heard just how technical and cerebral his perspective is on the game. During his prime, Faldo overhauled his swing, which was unheard of at the time. He won all his majors thereafter.

A big reason the Masters is missing from Trevino’s major resume stemmed from his distaste for Augusta National, which he later walked back on. Trevino never finished better than 10th there but managing to win each of the other three majors multiple times is a testament to how great he was.

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T7. Arnold Palmer and four other golfers have 7 major wins

  • Masters Tournament (4): 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
  • The Open Championship (2): 1961, 1962
  • U.S. Open: 1960
  • U.S. Open (4): 1923, 1926, 1929, 1930
  • The Open Championship (3): 1926, 1927, 1930
  • PGA Championship (3): 1922, 1923, 1933
  • U.S. Open (2): 1922, 1932
  • Masters Tournament: 1935
  • The Open Championship: 1932
  • Masters Tournament (3): 1949, 1952, 1954
  • PGA Championship (3): 1942, 1949, 1951
  • The Open Championship: 1946
  • The Open Championship (6): 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914
  • U.S. Open: 1900

Harry Vardon dominated the Open Championship, and took his game stateside at the dawn of the 20th century to prove he could win on U.S. soil, too. Vardon was a runner-up twice at the U.S. Open, too. The trophy awarded to the winner of European Tour’s Race to Dubai is named in his honor, beginning in 1937.

Although he never competed in the PGA Championship and started teeing it up in the Masters much later in his career, Bobby Jones was actually considered a career Grand Slam champion during his prime. That’s because the U.S. and British Amateur titles were deemed majors at the time.

You’ll notice that Gene Sarazen achieved the career Grand Slam, and he couldn’t have done it in more dramatic fashion. A double eagle during the final round of the 1935 Masters’ forced an 18-hole playoff, which Sarazen won by five strokes.

Sam Snead was a steady winner, and is tied with Tiger Woods for the all-time PGA Tour wins mark . He finished second in the U.S. Open four times to just miss out on the career Slam.

Finally, if you’re going to miss out on one major it’s probably best off being the PGA. Arnold Palmer was a groundbreaking golf superstar who did a whole lot of winning in a very short span, as all his majors came in a seven-year window.

Palmer’s rally from seven strokes back at the 1960 U.S. Open made for one of the best finishes in major history.

6. Tom Watson: 8 major wins

  • The Open Championship (5): 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983
  • Masters Tournament (2): 1977, 1981
  • U.S. Open: 1982

Only Harry Vardon managed more Open Championship wins than Tom Watson, but that’s not entirely fair to the latter. Watson got it done in an era of much fiercer competition with larger fields of contenders to fend off.

The most famous major victories of Watson’s career came when he bested Nicklaus head-to-head twice.

In the 1977 Open, the pair’s “Duel in the Sun” at Turnberry saw Watson prevail by one stroke. Several years later, at the U.S. Open, a chip-in birdie at the par-3 17th hole and a birdie at the last in the final round to best Nicklaus by two.

Combine all those instances of major glory with two green jackets, and it adds up to quite an outstanding resume for Watson.

T4. Gary Player and Ben Hogan: 9 major wins

T4. Gary Player and Ben Hogan, 9 major wins

  • Masters Tournament (3): 1961, 1974, 1978
  • The Open Championship (3): 1959, 1968, 1974
  • PGA Championship (2): 1962, 1972
  • U.S. Open: 1965
  • U.S. Open (4): 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953
  • Masters Tournament (2): 1951, 1953
  • PGA Championship (2): 1946, 1948
  • The Open Championship: 1953

Two vastly different players who both achieved the career Grand Slam, Gary Player and Ben Hogan are among the five golfers to ever win all four majors.

Hogan was a phenomenal ball-striker and a longer hitter, whereas Player relied on accuracy, an excellent short game and putting to make up for his lack of distance off the tee. Player was a much more global player, but Hogan eventually proved himself across the pond by winning the 1953 Open Championship.

Fans rallied around Hogan after his near-fatal car accident in 1949, and the fact that he won six majors thereafter just goes to show his greatness and how fierce of a competitor he was.

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3. Walter Hagen: 11 major wins

  • U.S. Open (2): 1914, 1919
  • The Open Championship (4): 1922, 1924, 1928, 1929
  • PGA Championship (5): 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927

Walter Hagen was a golf pioneer on so many fronts. In addition to being among the elite major champions to ever play, he was the first U.S.-born player to win the Open Championship, and the first golfer to become a millionaire from career earnings.

Between his influence on increasing tournament purses, his tasteful fashion sense and outstanding performance as a player, Hagen’s legacy is truly towering.

Perhaps the most impressive of his achievements was Hagen’s four consecutive PGA Championships. That was back when the major was played in a match play format, and the mind games he used to play with opponents made Hagen a devastating adversary to deal with.

The Masters is the only major missing for Hagen, but bear in mind, the first event was played in 1934, when Hagen was 41 years old. Especially back then, golfers were past their prime at that point. Thus, it doesn’t take away from Hagen’s impact at all that he lacks a green jacket.

2. Tiger Woods: 15 major wins

  • Masters Tournament (5): 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019
  • U.S. Open (3): 2000, 2002, 2008
  • The Open Championship (3): 2000, 2005, 2006
  • PGA Championship (4): 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007

It’s truly stunning that Tiger Woods accounts for so many of golf’s all-time iconic moments by himself, with so many of them coming on a major stage.

Breaking through with a 12-shot romp at the 1997 Masters, Woods revolutionized golf as we know it. From making fitness a greater part of the game, to lifting prize money to unfathomable heights and inspiring a generation all around the world, golf became cooler because of Woods’ persona and dominance.

The apex of Woods’ heyday came at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where he lapped the field by 15 strokes. It was just beyond mind-boggling how far ahead of his peers Woods was at that particular event.

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A long major drought ensued following the 2008 U.S. Open, when a hobbled Woods willed his way through an 18-hole playoff and claimed the prize at Torrey Pines. His personal life went off the rails, and injuries continued to plague him for a long time.

But Tiger eventually roared back, shocking the world with his win at the 2019 Masters Tournament that ranks among the most epic comebacks in sports history. While Woods didn’t come away from the 2022 Masters with a win, even making the cut just over a year after his horrific accident will be viewed as one of the most incredible achievements in a legendary career.

1. Jack Nicklaus: 18 major wins

1. Jack Nicklaus, 18 major wins

  • Masters Tournament (6): 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986
  • PGA Championship (5): 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980
  • U.S. Open (4): 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980
  • The Open Championship (3): 1966, 1970, 1978

A record that may never be broken. Jack Nicklaus finished second in 19 majors, so his total could’ve been so much higher, but as it stands, anyone planning on catching him has their work cut out.

Nicklaus was the ultimate competitor, and as he ascended in the game, had to contend with the likes of Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and many others. The Golden Bear was clearly the best of them all, showing remarkable consistency and a little late-career magic to add to his all-time majors mark.

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While you can’t discount the greatness of any of Nicklaus’ major triumphs, he probably saved his best for last at the 1986 Masters, where he seized the green jacket at age 46 with a stunning rally. His seven-under final round of 65 earned Nicklaus a one-stroke victory at Augusta National.

Matt Fitzgerald originally wrote this article. Subsequent updates have been done by Breven Honda and Sportsnaut editors.

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The record for most men's major championship wins is held by Jack Nicklaus, who won 18 of them. Tiger Woods is second with 15 major wins. The four tournaments that make up the men's majors are The Masters , U.S. Open , British Open and PGA Championship .

In addition to the chart below, which lists major winners in descending order of number of victories, you can view the list of every major winner in one of two ways:

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(The all-time leader in women's majors is Petty Berg with 15. The list of golfers with the most wins in LPGA majors appears separately.)

Most Wins in Men's Professional Majors

This chart includes every golfer with at least three wins in men's majors, their total number of major championship victories, plus their first and last (or most recent, in the case of active golfers) wins.

Most Wins in Majors—Amateur & Professional Combined

It was once common to include wins in the U.S. Amateur and British Amateur championships when ranking golfers by their wins in majors. This was standard at least through the early 1960s; becoming less common until fading out probably during the 1980s. Today it is rare to do so, but occasionally a golf writer or historian will still quote a combined number.

So, here are the top golfers when professional and amateur major wins are combined:

  • Jack Nicklaus, 20 combined wins in pro and amateur majors
  • Tiger Woods, 17
  • Bobby Jones, 13
  • Walter Hagen, 11
  • John Ball, 9
  • Ben Hogan, 9
  • Gary Player, 9
  • Arnold Palmer, 8
  • Tom Watson, 8

Most Major Wins Per Tournament

Here are the golfers with the most wins in each of the four majors:

  • The Masters: Jack Nicklaus, 6 wins
  • U.S. Open: (tie) Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Nicklaus, 4 wins each
  • British Open: Harry Vardon, 6
  • PGA Championship: (tie) Walter Hagen and Nicklaus, 5 wins each
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Who Are the Golfers With the Most Majors?

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The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and Open Championship (also known as the British Open) make up golf’s four majors. They are the pinnacles of achievement in the game and are looked at as the defining factors for greatness amongst the best players to ever pick up a golf club. Here is a list of the golfers, past and present, with the most major titles to their names.

1. Jack Nicklaus - 18 Major Championships

6 Masters (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986)

5 PGA Championships (1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980)

4 U.S. Opens (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980)

3 Open Championships (1966, 1970, 1978)

Jack Nicklaus’ unmatched major championship run spanned from 1962 to 1986 as the “Golden Bear” won major championships in three decades. Jack won multiple majors in a year an incredible four times, doing so in 1963, ’66, ’72 and ’80. He won at least one major in four consecutive years from 1970-1973, and rattled off seven of his 18 major triumphs in a six-year span from 1970-1975. Records are made to be broken, but it’s hard to imagine anybody breaking Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships.

2. Tiger Woods - 15 Major Championships

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5 Masters (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019)

4 PGA Championship (1999, 2000, 2006, 2007)

3 U.S. Opens (2000, 2002, 2008)

3 Open Championships (2000, 2005, 2006)

Despite sitting a few major titles short of Jack Nicklaus, many golf fans and historians alike consider Tiger Woods the best golfer of all time. Tiger absolutely blitzed the Tour by winning 14 of his 15 majors in a span of just 12 years from 1997 - 2008. He became the first golfer of all time to hold all four major championships at one time, what is now referred to as the “Tiger Slam” when he won the PGA Championship, U.S. Open and Open Championship in 2000 and followed it up with a Masters win in early 2001. He won the 2008 U.S. Open on a broken leg and added perhaps the most impressive major championship victory to his resume by winning the 2019 Masters, 22 years after his maiden major win.

3. Walter Hagen - 11 Major Championships

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5 PGA Championships (1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927)

4 Open Championships (1922, 1924, 1928, 1929)

2 U.S. Opens (1914, 1919)

Walter Hagen won all 11 of his major championships before the fourth major, the Masters, even existed. Hagen’s final major triumph came at the 1929 Open Championship, five years before the first Masters was played. Although he competed in six Masters Tournaments in his career, his best finish was T11 and he was unable to accomplish what is today known as the career grand slam. Hagen did however win four consecutive PGA Championships from 1924-27 and rack up 11 major championships in an era when only three majors were contested each year.

T4. Ben Hogan - 9 Major Championships

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4 U.S. Opens (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953)

2 PGA Championships (1946, 1948)

2 Masters (1951, 1953)

1 Open Championship (1953)

Ben Hogan had an incredible six-year run from 1948-1953, winning all nine of his majors in that span. In 1953 he won three of the year’s four majors, the U.S. Open, Masters and Open Championship, and did not enter the PGA Championship due to issues relating to his serious car crash in 1949. He completed the career grand slam with his 1953 Open Championship win, which proved to be the final major of his career.

T4. Gary Player - 9 Major Championships

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3 Open Championship (1959, 1968, 1974)

3 Masters (1961, 1974, 1978)

2 PGA Championships (1962, 1972)

1 U.S. Open (1965)

Gary Player won majors in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, amassing nine majors in that span. After winning his first major at the 1959 Open Championship, Player completed the career grand slam in just six years, culminating in the 1965 U.S. Open, the only U.S. Open win of his career. Player’s won both the Open Championship and Masters in 1974 and won his final major in 1978, his third Masters win.

6. Tom Watson - 8 Major Championships

5 Open Championships 2 Masters 1 U.S. Open

T7. Bobby Jones - 7 Major Championships

4 U.S. Opens 3 Open Championships

T7. Gene Sarazen - 7 Major Championships

3 PGA Championships 2 U.S. Opens 1 Open Championship 1 Masters

T7. Sam Snead - 7 Major Championships

3 PGA Championships 3 Masters 1 Open Championship

T7. Arnold Palmer - 7 Major Championships

4 Masters 2 Open Championships 1 U.S. Open

T7. Harry Vardon - 7 Major Championships

6 Open Championships 1 U.S. Open

Career Grand Slams

No one has yet won all four majors in one calendar year, although Tiger Woods coined the "Tiger Slam" by simultaneously holding all four major titles. However, five elite golfers have won each of the majors throughout their careers. This achievement is known as the career grand slam. The following is a list of golfers to win the career grand slam.

Jack Nicklaus (Won each major at least three times) Tiger Woods (Won each major at least three times) Ben Hogan Gary Player Gene Sarazen

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Tiger Woods may be the greatest golfer of all time, but he doesn't hold the record for most major wins. So, who does?

Who Has the Most Major Championship Wins in PGA Tour History?

Winning a major championship is the hardest feat to accomplish in professional golf. The stakes are higher, the pressure is amped up, and the field is always stacked with the best players in the world.

It’s impossible to win a major by accident. You have to put four great rounds together and earn the trophy with some clutch shots down the stretch on Sunday. Most PGA Tour players will never sniff a major in their career, but a select few thrived in the biggest moments. So, who has the most major championship wins in golf history, and how many do they have?

Only three golfers have won more than 10 major championships

Winning just one major championship is hard enough. But winning 10? Only the elite of the elite in golf history have accomplished that feat, and no one else might ever reach the elusive double-digit club.

Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Walter Hagen are the only PGA Tour players to ever reach 10 major victories.

Two players — Ben Hogan and Gary Player — won nine during their careers. Tom Watson is right behind them with eight, and the list gets deeper as you go further down.

Five players — Arnold Palmer, Bobby Jones, Sam Snead, Harry Vardon, and Gene Sarazen reached seven major wins, and Nick Faldo and Lee Trevino won six.

Tiger Woods is second all-time with 15 major championships

Tiger Woods might be considered the greatest golfer of all time, but he doesn’t hold the record for the most major championships. Woods is actually second on the list with 15 major wins.

Woods won his first major at the 1997 Masters, and he did it in historic fashion. As a 21-year-old, Woods blew past the field to finished 18-under and win the tournament by a record 12 strokes. His final score of 270 is tied for the lowest ever recorded at Augusta National.

Woods’ first major signaled to the rest of the golf world that he was about to take the PGA Tour by storm, and that’s exactly what he did. Woods rattled off seven more majors in the next five years. He was so dominant at the time it was shocking when someone not named Tiger Woods won a major.

Woods won his 15th major at the same place he won his first. Last April, the Hall of Famer completed his unlikely comeback by winning the 2019 Masters by one stroke over Brooks Koepka.

Now at 44 years old, Woods might be finished winning major titles. He’ll need three more to catch the all-time leader.

Jack Nicklaus has the most major championships in PGA Tour history

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have long been considered the Michael Jordan and LeBron James of golf. Everyone has a different opinion on who is the greatest of all time, but it ultimately comes down to those two legends.

Woods may have passed Nicklaus in total wins, but Nicklaus has him beat where it matters most. Nicklaus holds the record for the most major championship victories in PGA Tour history with 18.

Over the course of his career, Nicklaus won six Masters tournaments, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, and three Open Championships. He won his first major championship at the 1962 U.S. Open, and 24 years later, he won his 18th and final major at the 1986 Masters.

Nicklaus and Woods had similar career arcs capped off by incredible comeback wins at Augusta in their 40s. Woods still has a chance to pass Nicklaus in major wins, but he’s running out of time to catch the Golden Bear.

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Top 10 Golfers With The Most Majors Wins

Top 10 Golfers With The Most Majors Wins

The Masters, PGA Championship, US Open, and British Open are the four major championships and four of the toughest events in sports to win. Golfers dream of being able to win one of these tournaments just once. However, some of the greatest golfers have done it several times. Here are the golfers with the most major wins and some more information about them.

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Who are the golfers with the most majors, 1. jack nicklaus, 2. tiger woods, 3. walter hagen, 4. ben hogan, 5. gary player, 6. tom watson, 7. harry vardon, 8. bobby jones, 9. gene sarazen, 10. arnold palmer, honorable mentions.

  • Jack Nicklaus  - 18 Majors
  • Tiger Woods  - 15 Majors
  • Walter Hagen  - 11 Majors
  • Ben Hogan  - 9 Majors
  • Gary Player  - 9 Majors
  • Tom Watson  - 8 Majors
  • Harry Vardon  - 7 Majors
  • Bobby Jones  - 7 Majors
  • Gene Sarazen  - 7 Majors
  • Arnold Palmer  - 7 Majors
  • 18 major tournament wins (most all-time)
  • Six-time Masters Tournament winner (most all-time)
  • 73 total PGA victories

Jack Nicklaus is regarded by many as the greatest golfer of all time, and he holds the all-time record for major championships won with 18.  He helped turn golf into the popular spectator sport that it is today. Nicklaus was a force in golf from the start of his career in 1962 until the end as a senior tour golfer in 2005. He became the oldest player to ever win the Masters in 1986.

Nicklaus is also the only person in PGA history to win the Senior PGA Tour event four times. Jack Nicklaus was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974 and won the PGA Player of the Year Award five times. Off the course, Nicklaus has turned to golf course designing. His first design was Harbour Town Golf Links.

  • 15 major tournament wins
  • 82 career PGA Tour wins (tied for the most of all time)
  • Only golfer to win the four major tournaments consecutively in one year
  • First golfer of African American or Asian descent to win the Masters (1997)

Eldrick “Tiger” Woods is also viewed by many as the greatest golfer of all time, and he has 15 major tournament victories to his name. Woods took up golf at a very young age, learning from his father. At the age of 15, Woods became the youngest golfer to win the US Junior Amateur Championship. His 82 career PGA tour wins are tied for the most by any golfer.

In 2019, Woods won the Masters, which was his first major championship in 11 years. Tiger Woods is famous for his Sunday red because he always wears a red golf shirt on Sundays. Woods is also the golfer with the highest career earnings of all time. 

  • 11 major tournament wins
  • Won the US Open at 21 years old
  • Won four consecutive PGA Championships from 1924 to 1927

Walter Hagen, the winner of 11 major championships, is known for being one of the greatest golf personalities the world has ever seen. His self-confidence and lavish lifestyle helped establish the PGA and raised the social standing of golf as a sport. Walter Hagen won the PGA Championship five times, more times than any other golfer.

Hagen also represented the United States as a Ryder Cup captain six different times. He was known for his colorful outfits and was even the first athlete to be named on the Best Dressed Americans list. In 1974, Hagen was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

  • Nine major tournament wins
  • 64 total PGA Tour wins
  • Won the US Open 16 months after a near-death car accident
  • Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974

Ben Hogan became a professional golfer in 1929 and went on to win nine major championships in his career. He won the PGA Championship in 1946 and 1948 and the US Open in 1948. In 1949, Hogan’s car was hit head-on by a bus, and he was never expected to walk again.

Nonetheless, he managed to reteach himself how to walk and even swing a golf club again. Hogan won the US Open three more times, the Masters twice, and the British Open once after the injury. Ben Hogan also won the Vardon Trophy three times, an award given to the golfer with the lowest average score in a year. 

  • One of five people to complete the career Grand Slam (winning all four majors in his career)
  • 13-time South African Open winner (most all-time)
  • Awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2021

During his career, Gary Player won nine majors. He began his career with the PGA in 1955. Player, from South Africa, was a huge part of the popularization of golf in the 1960s and continues to be a figure in golf to this day.   He even won all four majors in his career, becoming just the third golfer and first non-American ever to complete the career Grand Slam.

In the 1980s, Player began designing golf courses and has become a well-known course architect who has designed over 320 courses around the world. In 1985, he began his career on the Senior Tour and eventually retired in 2009. Despite his career being over, Gary Player is still very present in the golf world and plays to this day, even in his late eighties.

  • Eight major tournament wins
  • Six-time PGA Player of the Year
  • Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988

Tom Watson has a total of eight major wins.  Five of his eight major championships came at the British Open, and Watson had a total of 71 professional career wins. He was always a fan favorite because of his fast pace of play and remarkable sportsmanship.

Watson has the distinction of being the only golfer in history to shoot a round of 67 or better in all four majors in four different decades. Watson was also a part of three Ryder Cup victories and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. He will be remembered for his amazing putting and chipping abilities, as well as his dominance in major tournaments.

  • Seven major tournament wins
  • Six-time Open Tournament Champion
  • 1974 World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee

One of golf’s first great superstars, Harry Vardon is one of several golfers to have won seven majors.  Hailing from the small island country of Jersey, which is located off the coast of France, Vardon played golf in the late nineteenth-early twentieth century. He was a part of the “Great Triumvirate” with J.H. Taylor and James Braid, that was one of golf’s first great rivalries. 

Over 100 years later, Vardon still holds the record for the most Open Championships victories, with six of them. He won the tournament for the first time in 1896, and he did so again in 1989, 1899, 1903, 1911, and 1914. His seventh major victory came in the 1900 US Open, the only other major that existed during his playing days. Although he had passed away years earlier, in 1937, Vardon was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a part of its inaugural class in 1974. 

  • Four-time US Open Tournament Champion

One of the most influential figures in the history of the game of golf, Bobby Jones has seven major championships to his name.   Jones made a name for himself as an amateur golfer during a time when professionals and amateurs were close in terms of average skill level. Jones won all seven of his majors between 1923 and 1930, and he could have potentially won more had he not retired in 1930 at the age of 28.

Jones’ first major victory came at the 1923 US Open, a tournament he would win three more times in 1926, 1929, and 1930. He also won the Open Championship three times, doing so in 1926, 1927, and 1930. Moreover, during a time when the amateur game was just as popular and competitive, Jones won the US Amateru championship five times (1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930) and the British amateur once (1930). He was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a part of its inaugural class in 1974.

  • Three-time PGA Championship Tournament Champion
  • 1974 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee

Gene Sarazen was a top golfer of the 1920s and 30s who won seven major tournaments. He turned pro in 1920 and racked up 48 total professional tournament wins by the time he retired in 1973. Sarazen was rivals with Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen, two other golfing stars of the 1920s. The three-way rivalry was a major contributor to the increased interest in golf worldwide following the First World War.

Sarazen is just one of five golfers to win each of the four majors at least once. He won a total of 38 PGA Tour tournaments, with his first major win coming at the 1922 US Open. Sarazen followed this up with a second major title at the PGA Championship the following month. His dominant period continued through the 1930s, as he won The Open and the US Open in 1932, the PGA Championship in 1933, and the Masters in 1935, which marked his final major win. Sarazen was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

  • Four-time Masters Tournament Champion
  • 62 PGA Tour wins

With seven major tournament wins to his name, Arnold Palmer was one of the greatest golfers of all time. Nicknamed “The King,” Palmer was also one of the most popular and charismatic stars of the sport’s first television age. Alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, he formed the Big Three of the 1960s, which are responsible for the explosion of the sport’s popularity in that decade.

Palmer’s first major tournament wins came in 1958 when he won the Masters. In 1960, he won the Masters a second time as well as his first title at the US Open. In total, Palmer ended up with four wins at the Masters and two wins at The Open. 1960 was his only US Open win, and Palmer never won the PGA Championship, tying for second place three times. In 1974, Palmer was one of the inaugural inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

  • Sam Snead  - 7 Majors
  • Lee Trevino - 6 Majors
  • Nick Faldo  - 6 Majors
  • Phil Mickelson  - 6 Majors
  • James Braid  - 5 Majors
  • John Henry Taylor  - 5 Majors
  • Byron Nelson  - 5 Majors
  • Peter Thomson  - 5 Majors
  • Seve Ballesteros  - 5 Majors
  • Brooks Koepka  - 5 Majors

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Jack Nicklaus has won the most majors in golf all time, winning 18 of them.   Six of Nicklaus’ major victories came at the Masters, which is the most victories ever at that event. In addition to his Master’s wins, Nicklaus has won five PGA Championships, four US Opens, and three Open Championships.

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Here are the irons with the most PGA Tour wins this season

We ran the numbers on the 2022-23 PGA Tour season to see which equipment companies' irons have won the most thus far.

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With two men’s major championships officially in the books for 2023 and the PGA Tour schedule past the halfway point, we decided to start looking at equipment trends among the players who have hoisted trophies.

Heading into the PGA Championship, we looked back on the drivers with the most wins on the PGA Tour , and now we’re turning our focus on winning irons for the 2022-23 season.

Let’s break down the list.

Ping – 9 wins, 1 uncontracted

Ping players have had a very solid year for wins on the PGA Tour, and a variety of models have been used for those wins including the Blueprint blade and the newest technology-packed i230s. The uncontracted win belongs to Matt Fitzpatrick, who uses a set of Ping S55 and an older i210 4-iron.

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Callaway – 9 wins, 1 uncontracted.

Having Jon Rahm on staff sure has helped Callaway rack up wins, but he’s not the only one hoisting trophies in 2023. Thanks to others like Adam Svensson, Chris Kirk and Sam Burns, it’s been a busy year.

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Titleist – 8 wins.

Just like with their successful TSR driver line, Titleist has iron models to suit any player, from pure blades to hollow cavities, but the model that stands out on tour are the T100s and T100S’, which combine compact looks with multi-material forgiveness.

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Taylormade – 4 wins, 1 uncontracted.

It sure helps to have Scottie Scheffler, but TaylorMade irons were also used by Kurt Kitayama to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and they had an uncontracted win when Jason Day won for the first time in five years with a mixed set of P770 and P7MC irons.

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TaylorMade P770, P7MB, P7MC and Stealth HD Irons

Srixon – 2 wins.

Srixon irons aren’t just popular with their staff players, the ZX7 MKII is one of the most popular irons on tour for players who aren’t under contract. The biggest win for Srixon this year is also its most recent, thanks to Brooks Koepka winning the PGA Championship .

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ZX7 MKII, Z-Forged II, Srixon ZX4 MK II, and ZX5 MK II irons

Cobra – 1 win uncontracted.

It’s not that often a player wins with a brand new set of irons in the bag, but when equipment free agent Justin Rose had a mixed combo set of Cobra irons built last minute Wednesday before the AT&T Pro-Am, that’s exactly what he did.

Justin isn’t the only one playing well with Cobra’s new King Tour forged irons — staffer Rickie Fowler is having a resurgent year with four top 10s and 10 top 25s to put him 30th in the FedEx Cup.

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Pxg – 1 win.

If there is one club PXG is most known for, it’s their irons, and Nico Echavarria used them with exacting precision to win for the first time on the PGA Tour at the Puerto Rico Open. He plays a combo set that includes PXG’s newest 0317 forged CBs.

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The seven best bets to win the 2024 NCAA men’s basketball tournament

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Unheralded teams that advance in the NCAA tournament are a big reason everyone loves March Madness — and we have upset picks right here — but when it comes to crowning a winner, Cinderellas are usually nowhere to be found. The men’s national champion typically comes from a select group of elite teams, and we can use past data to identify the eventual winner.

Celebrated stats guru Ken Pomeroy ranks teams by adjusted efficiency margin, which he lists in the “AdjEM” column on his website . Each team’s AdjEM “represents the number of points the team would be expected to outscore the average D-I team [by] over 100 possessions,” Pomeroy wrote in 2016. Calculating it involves merely subtracting a team’s defensive efficiency number, adjusted for strength of schedule, from its adjusted offensive efficiency number.

Pomeroy has been publishing his ratings since the 2001-02 season, so we can go back and look at each national champion’s profile entering the NCAA tournament. This makes it easier to see how teams in this year’s field compare with past champions, and to identify which teams have the best chance of winning it all.

(For more, see Neil Greenberg’s annual Perfect Bracket and this look at the most vulnerable top seeds .)

We can break down the past national champions into tiers:

The low bar: 19.1. This is the lowest adjusted efficiency margin for any NCAA men’s tournament champion since 2002, when Pomeroy’s data begins. The honor is held by the 2014 Connecticut Huskies , a No. 7 seed that was pretty meh statistically — entering that year’s tournament, the Huskies ranked 57th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency — but still had enough firepower to win it all. If your title pick clears 19.1, it’s not completely insane, but most rational picks look a little more like …

The “average” champs: 27.9. If a team enters the tournament with an AdjEM number above this, it’s a sound choice to be your champ. The North Carolina team that won the 2017 national title came closest to this average, with a 28 AdjEM number entering the NCAA tournament.

The best of the best: 35.7. Virginia raised the bar with its 2019 title run , becoming the most efficient team in the Pomeroy era to cut down the nets. Considering the team the Cavaliers overtook for the honor was the 2008 Kansas Jayhawks , who prevailed in a Final Four of all No. 1 seeds, that’s a notable achievement.

For the first time since 2021, more than one team surpasses the winners’ AdjEM average of 27.9. This year, there are four such teams: Connecticut, Houston, Purdue and Auburn.

There’s one caveat for KenPom No. 1 Connecticut, however: Only three teams that entered the NCAA tournament ranked first in Pomeroy’s ratings — 2008 Kansas, 2012 Kentucky and 2019 Virginia — have won it all. Houston was ranked No. 1 by KenPom entering last year’s tournament but was bounced by Miami in the Sweet 16, the second straight KenPom No. 1 to fall in the region semifinals.

Here’s a breakdown of how Pomeroy’s pretournament No. 1 teams have fared over the last two-plus decades. As you can seen, two-thirds of them (14 of 21) failed to reach the Final Four.

The average pretournament KenPom ranking of the past 21 national champions is 5.7, a number that is skewed a bit by three lower-ranked KenPom teams that won it all (No. 20 Syracuse in 2003, No. 15 Connecticut in 2011 and No. 25 U-Conn. in 2014). Take away those three comparative long shots, and the average KenPom ranking rises to 3.3. Those three outliers were the only teams ranked worse than KenPom No. 6 to win the national championship.

U-Conn. was ranked fourth in Pomeroy’s final ratings before last year’s tournament and won it all.

The best bets

There are 22 teams that clear our low-bar AdjEM number of 19.1.

To narrow that list, we can point to the fact that all but two national champions since 2002 — U-Conn. in 2011 and 2014 — have ranked in the top 20 of Pomeroy’s offensive efficiency metric entering the tournament. That means we are crossing the following teams off our list: Iowa State, Tennessee, North Carolina, Marquette, Michigan State, St. Mary’s, San Diego State and Kansas.

Let’s further narrow it down to teams that rank in the top 20 in offensive efficiency and in the top 40 in defensive efficiency, a feature of all but three of the past 21 national champions. That leaves us with Connecticut, Houston, Purdue, Auburn, Arizona, Duke and Creighton.

(Odds taken Sunday night from DraftKings Sportsbook. Here are more tips for filling out a winning bracket .)

Connecticut (+425)

No. 1 in East Region

The defending champion Huskies are the favorites to cut down the nets again for a whole lot of reasons: They have lost once since Christmas and are simply mowing down opponents (eight of their past 10 wins came by double digits). U-Conn. has an effective field goal percentage — which takes into account that three-pointers are worth more than two-pointers — that ranks sixth nationally on offense and fourth on defense, and opponents have made 43.7 percent of their two-point shots against U-Conn. (Only six teams have done better in that metric.)

Houston (+500)

No. 1 in South Region

The Cougars will look to break through after last season’s disappointing Sweet 16 exit. With point guard Jamal Shead running the show, Houston is a beast defensively, with opponents making only 30 percent of their three-pointers (13th in the nation) and 43.4 percent of their two-pointers (fourth). But there are worrying signs — and not simply because the Cougars could scrape together only 41 points in a Big 12 championship game loss to Iowa State. Houston is one of the tournament’s shortest teams (none of its main contributors stand taller than 6-foot-8) and is facing some major depth issues after three players suffered season-ending injuries. Forward J’Wan Roberts, the team’s top defender, also suffered a shin injury in the Big 12 semifinals, and his status bears monitoring.

Purdue (+600)

No. 1 in Midwest Region

Is this the year the Boilermakers finally live up to expectations in March? Purdue has been seeded fifth or better in each of its previous seven NCAA tournament appearances but has advanced past the Sweet 16 only once and lost three times in the first round, including last year’s shocking loss to 16th-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson . The pieces certainly are there, with national player of the year candidate Zach Edey patrolling the paint and three players (Braden Smith, Fletcher Loyer and Mason Gillis) ranking in the top 50 nationally in three-point percentage. As a team, the Boilermakers shoot 40.8 percent from three-point range (only Kentucky is better), which is a major improvement from last year’s disappointing team, which shot only 32.2 percent from deep. (Purdue made just 5 of 26 in the loss to Fairleigh Dickinson.)

Auburn (+1800)

No. 4 in East Region

The Tigers collected themselves after a midseason swoon and have won six straight entering the NCAA tournament — all but one by at least 14 points — while earning their first SEC tournament title since 2019. Auburn is probably the deepest team in the NCAA tournament, with 10 players who average at least 13 minutes per game, and it leads the nation in opponents’ effective field goal percentage (43.4). That depth comes in handy because the physical Tigers commit nearly 20 fouls per game, one of the highest averages in the tournament, and send their opponents to the free throw line at a high rate. Auburn might be looking at a matchup with fellow best bet U-Conn. in the Sweet 16, however, which isn’t great for its chances.

Arizona (+1600)

No. 2 in West Region

The Wildcats enter on a mini-slump, having lost two of three. Pac-12 player of the year Caleb Love has seen his production plummet over that span; he has hit only 7 of 34 field goal attempts (4 of 21 on three-pointers) with 11 turnovers. As a team, Arizona attempts three-pointers at a well-below-average rate, even though its players are shooting 37.1 percent from long range for the season (23rd nationally). This presents problems when opponents employ zone defenses as Oregon did in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals. (The Wildcats shot 5 for 19 from three-point range in a 67-59 loss.)

Duke (+3000)

No. 4 in South Region

The Blue Devils come in having lost two in a row, including a five-point defeat to North Carolina State in the ACC tournament quarterfinals, which might be a troublesome omen: Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, every national champion advanced to at least the semifinals of its conference tournament, as did all but four teams to play in the national championship game (excluding teams without conference tournaments). Of the 390 at-large bids handed out to teams that did not get past the quarterfinals of their conference tournament over that span, only 14 advanced to the Final Four . Still, Duke doesn’t commit a whole lot of turnovers (No. 31 in offensive turnover percentage), and its 37.7 three-point percentage ranks 15th nationally. Like Auburn, the Blue Devils got a tough draw, with No. 1 seed and fellow best bet Houston looming in the Sweet 16.

Creighton (+2500)

No. 3 in Midwest Region

The Bluejays won seven of eight to close the regular season, with a 19-point rout of U-Conn. among the victories. But then Creighton suffered a Big East tournament quarterfinal loss to Providence, which puts it in the same boat as Duke in terms of that concerning trend. The Bluejays live and die by the three-pointer — only BYU takes a higher percentage of shots from long range among NCAA tournament teams. But if those shots aren’t falling, Creighton tends to struggle: It shot 27.6 percent or worse from three-point range in six of nine losses this season. And in its two most recent losses, it combined to shoot 12 for 52 from long range.

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Analysis from our team: Looking to win your bracket pool? These tips from our resident bracket master can help. If you want help picking a national champion, these are our favorites and best bets to win the tournament, plus tips for selecting your Final Four . Take a look at some of the teams we think are most likely to pull an upset .

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1 thing to know about each team in the 2024 ncaa men's basketball tournament.

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The 2024 NCAA DI men's basketball tournament bracket was released Sunday night, marking the arrival of March Madness. Before you fill out your bracket , get to know the teams selected. Here's one thing you should know about each of the 68 teams.

East Region

San diego st., washington state, florida atlantic, northwestern, morehead state, south dakota state.

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Texas a&m, colorado/boise state, james madison, western kentucky.

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Midwest Region

South carolina, colorado st./virginia, st. peter's, grambling/montana st..

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North carolina, mississippi st., michigan st., grand canyon, long beach st., howard/wagner.

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With the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament set to begin this week, millions of Americans are expected to enter a handful of free bracket challenges for the chance to win thousands of dollars, while even bigger prizes are available for contestants who fill out a coveted perfect bracket, a nearly insurmountable feat that has never been accomplished.

There has never been a perfect March Madness bracket, though a perfect selection in the 2024 NCAA ... [+] tournament could give a lucky contestant over $1 million.

USA Today Sports will offer $1 million to any contestant who correctly fills out a perfect bracket—meaning they correctly choose the winner of all 67 games in the tournament on either the men’s or women’s side—and another $25,000 to the contestant with the best bracket.

CBS Sports is holding bracket challenges on both the men’s and women’s tournaments, with the winners receiving tickets to next year’s Final Four in both tournaments plus $6,000 toward hotels and transportation.

ESPN is bringing back its men’s tournament challenge, offering $75,000 in total prizes, including $5,000 grand prizes for the 10 best brackets, as well as 25 $1,000 prizes, giving fans the chance to submit up to 25 brackets.

Contestants in the NCAA ’s Bracket Challenge Sweepstakes can win two tickets to the 2025 men’s Final Four, included in a four-night trip, and two tickets to next year’s championship game, plus $1,500 in cash toward airfare and $750 in spending money—the NCAA offers the same prize for contestants betting on the women’s tournament.

Yahoo Sports ’ Bracket Madness features a single $25,000 grand prize to the contestant who most accurately selected the winner of all 67 games in the tournament.

Surprising Fact

There has never been a perfect bracket, and the odds of any contestants changing that this year are nearly insurmountable. If chosen at random, the odds of selecting the winner of every game correctly stand at a mind-boggling 1 in 9.2 quintillion (or 1 in over 9.2 billion billions), according to the NCAA . Contestants have a better chance of winning the Mega Millions jackpot (1 in roughly 302 million), taking the Powerball jackpot (1 in 292.2 million), or being struck by lightning (less than 1 in 1 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Contestants who know a thing or two about college basketball will drastically improve their odds, though the NCAA still puts them at a dismal 1 in 120.2 billion.

What To Watch For

The University of Connecticut is favored to win the tournament, according to DraftKings , which puts the Huskies’ betting line at +400, meaning a $100 bet will win $400 if UConn wins the tournament (implying a roughly 20% chance of winning). Among the three other top-seeded teams, Draftkings gives Houston a solid chance at +500, over Purdue’s +600 and Arizona’s +1,400, which falls just above No. 2 seed Arizona, at +1,200. UConn is also the most popular winning pick among contestants in ESPN ’s bracket challenge, with 26.1% of players choosing the Huskies to repeat their win last year. Another 12.2% of contestants in ESPN’s bracket challenge chose Houston to win it all, with 11.4% going with the University of North Carolina and 8.7% choosing Purdue.

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No men’s basketball program this year will catch up with the all-time leader in most NCAA tournament titles.

But for the first time in four seasons, UCLA will not be a participant in March Madness . That means the Bruins’ record number of NCAA Division I tournament titles will remain at 11.

It also means several teams have a golden opportunity to make up some ground on UCLA at this year’s tournament, which tips off this week and ends with the championship game April 8 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Kentucky , which ranks No. 2 all time with eight NCAA championships, earned the No. 3 seed in the South Regional. North Carolina , which is No. 3 all time with six titles, is the top seed in the West.

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The 2024 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament brackets

A look at the men’s and women’s matchups for the 2024 NCAA tournament, with Long Beach State men set to play Arizona in the first round on Thursday.

March 17, 2024

Connecticut and Duke are among the teams tied for fourth place all time with five titles — the defending champion Huskies are the No. 1 seed in the East, while the Blue Devils got the fourth seed in the South.

Here’s a look at the 15 men’s basketball programs with the most championships since the tournament began in 1939:

1. UCLA Bruins

Number of NCAA titles: 11 Years won: 1964 , 1965 , 1967, 1968 , 1969 , 1970 , 1971 , 1972 , 1973 , 1975 , 1995 NCAA tournament seed this year: NA

2. Kentucky Wildcats

Number of NCAA titles: 8 Years won: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996 , 1998 , 2012 Seed this year: No. 4 in South Regional (vs. No. 14 Oakland, Thursday at 4 p.m. PDT)

3. North Carolina Tar Heels

Number of NCAA titles: 6 Years won: 1957, 1982, 1993 , 2005 , 2009 , 2017 Seed this year: No. 1 in West Regional (vs. Howard-Wagner winner, Thursday at 11:45 a.m. PDT)

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4T. Connecticut Huskies

Number of NCAA titles: 5 Years won: 1999 , 2004 , 2011 , 2014 , 2023 Seed this year: No. 1 in East Regional (vs. No. 16 Stetson, Friday at 11:45 a.m. PDT)

4T. Duke Blue Devils

Number of NCAA titles: 5 Years won: 1991 , 1992 , 2001 , 2010 , 2015 Seed this year: No. 4 in South Regional (vs. No. 13 Vermont, Friday at 4 p.m. PDT)

4T. Indiana Hoosiers

Number of NCAA titles: 5 Years won: 1940, 1953, 1976 , 1981 , 1987 Seed this year: NA

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7. Kansas Jayhawks

Number of NCAA titles: 4 Years won: 1952, 1988 , 2008 , 2022 Seed this year: No. 4 in Midwest Regional (vs. No. 13 Samford, Thursday at 6:45 p.m. PDT)

8. Villanova Wildcats

Number of NCAA titles: 3 Years won: 1985 , 2016 , 2018 Seed this year: NA

9T. Cincinnati Bearcats

Number of NCAA titles: 2 Years won: 1961, 1962 Seed this year: NA

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9T. Florida Gators

Number of NCAA titles: 2 Years won: 2006 , 2007 Seed this year: No. 7 in South Regional (vs. Boise State-Colorado winner, Friday at 1:30 p.m. PDT)

9T. Louisville Cardinals

Number of NCAA titles: 2 (a third title, in 2013 , was later vacated by NCAA ) Years won: 1980, 1986 Seed this year: NA

For the record:

12:33 p.m. March 19, 2024 An earlier version of this article omitted Louisville’s NCAA title from 1980.

9T. Michigan State Spartans

Number of NCAA titles: 2 Years won: 1979 , 2000 Seed this year: No. 9 in West Regional (vs. No. 8 Mississippi State, Thursday at 9:15 a.m. PDT)

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9T. North Carolina State Wolfpack

Number of NCAA titles: 2 Years won: 1974 , 1983 Seed this year: No. 11 in South Regional (vs. No. 6 Texas Tech, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. PDT)

9T. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Number of NCAA titles: 2 (then known as Oklahoma A&M) Years won: 1945, 1946 Seed this year: NA

9T. San Francisco Dons

Number of NCAA titles: 2 Years won: 1955, 1956 Seed this year: NA

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