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The Greatest Masters Champions of All Time

There have been a number of great golfers to compete for Masters titles. Here's our list of the best of the best.
Published on April 12, 2023

The Greatest Masters Champions of All Time
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Who are the greatest Masters champions of all time? There have been a number of great golfers to compete for Masters titles. Here’s our list of the best of the best.

Greatest Masters Champions

  • Jimmy Demaret – A three-time Masters champion, Demaret won 31 PGA Tour events in a long career between 1935 and 1957. Actually, Demaret was the first person to notch three Masters championships.
  • Ben Hogan – Many golf fans consider Hogan to be one of the all-time greats. Notable for his impact on golf swing theory and his ball-striking ability, Hogan won the Masters in 1951 and 1953.
  • Phil Mickelson – Having earned the appropriate nickname of “Lefty” (he plays left-handed), Mickelson is a three-time Masters winner (2004,2006, 2010).
  • Byron Nelson – Active from 1935-46, Nelson is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time despite retiring from active play at the age of 34. “Lord Byron” is a two-time Masters champion.
  • Jack Nicklaus – The Golden Bear is the greatest of all Masters champions. Nicklaus is a six-time Masters winner, the record for Masters titles. His first Masters win came in 1963, and his final one came at the age of 46 in 1986.

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  • Arnold Palmer – After turning pro in 1954, Palmer proceeded to become one of the most popular and successful golfers of all time. Known as “The King”, Palmer is a four-time Masters champion, having won in 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1964. In addition to his success of the fairway, Palmer was a successful businessman and had a loyal fan base known as “Arnie’s Army”. Also, Palmer was able to commercialize his favorite drink– equal parts sweetened iced tea and lemonade– named, appropriately, the “Arnold Palmer”.
  • Gary Player – the only non-American on this list, Player hails from South Africa. In addition to being a three-time Masters winner (1964, 1974, 1978), Player is also a renowned golf course architect with more than 400 design projects on five continents throughout the world.
  • Sam Snead – “Slammin’ Sammy” is a three-time champion (1949, 1952, 1954) of the Masters. In particular, both opponents and fans of Snead will often credit him with having “the perfect” golf swing.
  • Tom Watson – In the 1970s and 1980s, Watson was one of the leading golf players in the world, winning eight major championships, including two Masters titles, in 1977 and 1981.
  • Tiger Woods – A five-time Masters champion, Woods is also one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. At the age of 47, there’s a good chance that Woods will surpass Jack Nicklaus for most Masters titles (6).

Wrapping Up

This is our list of the greatest Masters champions of all time. Do you agree with our selections? Who would you have included in this list? Drop a note in the comments and let us know!

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