Which countries have produced the most major championship winners across golf?

*The maps and information below does not count the U.S. Amateur and The Amateur Championship which were once considered to be majors championships for the PGA.

What countries have taken home the most total majors?

PGA

*The breakdown for the U.K.: Scotland (55), England (35), Northern Ireland (7), Wales (1)

While America has a big lead in majors, it is even bigger when you consider the first 66 majors were won by Europeans (50 Scotland, 10 England, 5 Jersey, 1 France) before John McDermott won the 1911 U.S. Open.

Men's major championship winning golfers by country for PGA Tour (by total majors) - As of Sep, 18, 2018_ (1)

LPGA

*The breakdown for the U.K.: England (7), Scotland (1)

*Jenny Lidback has dual citizenship for Peru and Sweden, so her major victory was counted towards both countries.

Since Se Ri Park became the first South Korean to win a major when she took home the 1998 LPGA Championship, they have dominated the sport. Over the 90 majors that have been played starting in ’98, South Koreans have won 28 (31.11%) of them. At least one South Korean has won a major 16 of the last 21 years, with the exceptions being 1999, 2000. 2003, 2007 and 2010.

Women's major championship winning golfers by country for LPGA Tour (by total majors) - As of Sep, 18, 2018_

Champions Tour

*The breakdown for the U.K.: England (5), Scotland (3)

*Mark McNulty has dual citizenship for Zimbabwe and Ireland, so his major victory was counted towards both countries.

Bernhard Langer won his first major on the Champions Tour in 2010 and through 2017 won 10/40 (25%) majors on tour. After winning twice in ’10, he was shut out from 2011-13. However, Langer then won 8/20 (40%) majors from 2014-17 before being shut out again this past year.

Men's major championship winning golfers by country for Champions Tour (by total majors) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

Totals for all four tours (PGA, LPGA, Champions, and Legends)

*There have only been two senior majors events for women: The Senior LPGA Championship (2017) and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open (2018). These were won by Trish Johnson (England) and Laura Davies (England). The 2nd Senior LPGA Championship will be played this October.

*The breakdown for the U.K.: Scotland (59), England (49), Northern Ireland (7), Wales (1)

Major championship winning golfers by country for the PGA, LPGA, Champions and Legends Tours (by total majors) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

Country Total # of majors (PGA) # of majors (LPGA) # of majors (Champions) # of majors (Legends)
United States 587 269 199 119 N/A
United Kingdom 116 98 8 8 2
Scotland 59 55 1 3 N/A
England 49 35 7 5 2
South Africa 32 22 2 8 N/A
Australia 31 17 10 4 N/A
South Korea 29 1 28 N/A N/A
Sweden 17 1 16 N/A N/A
Germany 14 4 N/A 10 N/A
Spain 10 8 N/A 2 N/A
Jersey 9 9 N/A N/A N/A
Northern Ireland 7 7 N/A N/A N/A
Argentina 6 3 N/A 3 N/A
Taiwan 5 N/A 5 N/A N/A
Zimbabwe 5 3 N/A 2 N/A
Fiji 4 3 N/A 1 N/A
Ireland 4 3 N/A 1 N/A
Canada 3 1 2 N/A N/A
France 3 1 2 N/A N/A
Japan 2 N/A N/A 1 N/A
Mexico 2 N/A 2 N/A N/A
New Zealand 2 2 N/A N/A N/A
Norway 2 N/A 2 N/A N/A
Thailand 2 N/A 2 N/A N/A
Uruguay 2 N/A 2 N/A N/A
China 1 N/A 1 N/A N/A
Italy 1 1 N/A N/A N/A
Peru 1 N/A 1 N/A N/A
Wales 1 1 N/A N/A N/A

What countries have produced the most golfers to win a major?

PGA

*The breakdown for the U.K.: Scotland (31), England (19), Northern Ireland (4), Wales (1)

Men's major championship winning golfers by country for PGA Tour (by number of different winners per country) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

LPGA

*The breakdown for the U.K.: England (4), Scotland (1)

Women's major championship winning golfers by country for LPGA Tour (by number of different winners per country) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

Champions Tour

*The breakdown for the U.K.: England (3), Scotland (1)

Men's major championship winning golfers by country for Champions Tour (by number of different winners per country) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

Country # of major winners per country (Champions)
United States 59
United Kingdom 4
South Africa 3
England 3
Australia 3
Argentina 2
Zimbabwe 2
Germany 1
Scotland 1
Spain 1
Fiji 1
Ireland 1
Japan 1

Totals for the PGA and LPGA

I decided to only combine the total for the PGA and LPGA since major wins on the two senior tours could have already won majors on these two tours.

*The breakdown for the U.K.: Scotland (32), England (23), Northern Ireland (4), Wales (1)

Major championship winning golfers by country for PGA and LPGA Tour (by number of different winners per country) - As of Sep, 18, 2018

Country Total (PGA and LPGA) # of winners (PGA) # of winners (LPGA)
United States 210 130 80
United Kingdom 60 55 5
Scotland 32 31 1
England 23 19 4
South Korea 15 1 14
Australia 13 11 2
Sweden 8 1 7
South Africa 7 6 1
Northern Ireland 4 4 N/A
Canada 3 1 2
France 3 1 2
Spain 3 3 N/A
Argentina 2 2 N/A
Germany 2 2 N/A
Jersey 2 2 N/A
New Zealand 2 2 N/A
China 1 N/A 1
Fiji 1 1 N/A
Ireland 1 1 N/A
Italy 1 1 N/A
Japan 1 N/A 1
Mexico 1 N/A 1
Norway 1 N/A 1
Peru 1 N/A 1
Taiwan 1 N/A 1
Thailand 1 N/A 1
Uruguay 1 N/A 1
Wales 1 1 N/A
Zimbabwe 1 1 N/A

Player with the most majors from each country on each tour

The table below shows the average number of majors that each winner for each country has. I also listed the person with the most majors for each country and the time span that they won them over.

Country PGA most majors (Span Won) LPGA most majors (Span Won) Champions Tour most majors (Span Won)
Argentina 2, Angel Cabrera (2007-09) N/A 2, Eduardo Romero (2006-08)
Australia 5, Peter Thomson (1954-1965) 7, Karrie Webb (1999-2006) 2, Graham Marsh (1997-99)
Canada 1, Mike Weir (2003) 1, Sandra Post (1968), Brooke Henderson (2016) N/A
China N/A 1, Shanshan Feng (2009) N/A
England 6, Nick Faldo (1987-1996) 4, Laura Davies (1987-96)
2, Roger Chapman (2012) and Paul Broadhurst (2016-18)
Fiji 3, Vijay Singh (1998-04) N/A 1, Vijay Singh (2018)
France 1, Arnaud Massy (1907) 1, Catherine Lacoste (1967), Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (2003) N/A
Germany 2, Bernhard Langer (1985-93), Martin Kaymer (2010-14) N/A 10, Bernhard Langer (2010-17)
Ireland 3, Padraig Harrington (2007-08) N/A 1, Mark McNulty (2007)
Italy 1, Francesco Molinari (2017) N/A N/A
Japan N/A 1, Chako Higuchi (1977) 1, Koki Idoki (2013)
Jersey 7, Harry Vardon (1896-1914) N/A N/A
Mexico N/A 2, Lorena Ochoa (2007-08) N/A
New Zealand 1, Bob Charles (1963), Michael Campbell (2005) N/A N/A
Northern Ireland 4, Rory McIlroy (2011-14) N/A N/A
Norway N/A 2, Suzann Pettersen (2007-13) N/A
Peru N/A 1, Jenny Lidback (1995) N/A
Scotland 5, James Braid (1901-1910) 1, Catriona Matthew (2009) 3, Colin Montgomerie (2014-15)
South Africa 9, Gary Player (1959-1978) 2, Sally Little (1980-88) 6, Gary Player (1986-90)
South Korea 1, Y.E. Yang (2009) 7, Inbee Park (2008-15) N/A
Spain 5, Seve Ballesteros (1979-88) N/A 2, Miguel Angel Jimenez (2018)
Sweden 1, Henrik Stenson (2016) 10, Annika Sorenstam (1995-2006) N/A
Taiwan N/A 5, Yani Tseng (2008-11) N/A
Thailand N/A 2, Ariya Jutanugarn (2016-18) N/A
United States 18, Jack Nicklaus (1962-1986) 15, Patty Berg (1937-58) 8, Jack Nicklaus (1990-96)
Uruguay N/A 2, Fay Crocker (1955-60) N/A
Wales 1, Ian Woosnam (1991) N/A N/A
Zimbabwe 3, Nick Price (1992-94) N/A 1, Mark McNulty (2007) and Denis Watson (2007)

Sources and Info: (All sources not listed here linked/mentioned in the article)

Featured Image: Featured Image: “Jack Nicklaus at The Masters” by Torrey Wiley is licensed under CC BY 2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_men%27s_major_championships_winning_golfers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_major_golf_championships 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronological_list_of_LPGA_major_golf_champions

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senior_major_golf_championships

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_golfers_with_most_Champions_Tour_major_championship_wins

https://mapchart.net (Used to make maps in the article)

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Countries major winners in men’s golf are from

Yesterday, Francesco Molinari won the 147th Open Championship edging out the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott to take home the Claret Jug. Playing the final 37 holes at Carnoustie bogey-free, he became the first Italian to ever win a major championship.

This win came on the heels of Molinari arguably playing like the best player in the world coming into the event. In his last four events coming, he won twice and came in 2nd place at the John Deere Classic the week before the Open.

Molinari won the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour in May. He then won the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour earlier this both, becoming the first Italian-born player to win on the tour since Toney Penna in 1947.

*The maps and information below does not count the U.S. Amateur and The Amateur Championship which were once considered to be majors championships.

What countries have taken home the most total majors?

With a new country winning a golf major, let’s take a look at which have won the most. With Molinari’s win, Italy became the 20th country to have a golfer born there win a major championship.

The smallest countries to win majors are the Bailiwick of Jersey (population ~100,000) and Fiji (population ~900,000). Jersey actually has the sixth most majors among countries despite its size and the fact that its last major winner came in 1920 when Ted Ray won the U.S. Open.

The top 13 majors winners (all have at least six) of all time have won 116 (26.06%) of the total 445 major championships in history. Ten of the 13 are Americans, with the only exceptions being Nick Faldo (England, 6), Harry Vardon (Jersey, 7) and Gary Player (South Africa, 9).

*The breakdown for the U.K.: Scotland (55), England (35), Northern Ireland (7), Wales (1)

Men's major championship winning golfers by country (By total majors)

What countries have produced the most golfers to win a major?

This second map takes a look at the number of different golfers to win a major for each country.

*The breakdown for the U.K.: Scotland (31), England (19), Northern Ireland (4), Wales (1)

Men's major championship winning golfers by country (By number of golfers)

Average number of majors winner has by country

The table below shows the average number of majors that each winner for each country has. I also listed the person with the most majors for each country and the time span that they won them over.

Country # of majors # of major winners Average # of majors for each winner Person with most majors for country (Span Won)
United States 268 129 2.07 18, Jack Nicklaus (1962-1986)
United Kingdom 98 55 1.78 6, Nick Faldo (1987-1996)
Scotland 55 31 1.77 5, James Braid (1901-1910)
England 35 19 1.84 6, Nick Faldo (1987-1996)
South Africa 22 6 3.67 9, Gary Player (1959-1978)
Australia 17 11 1.54 5, Peter Thomson (1954-1965)
Jersey 9 2 4.5 7, Harry Vardon (1896-1914)
Spain 8 3 2.67 5, Seve Ballesteros (1979-88)
Northern Ireland 7 4 1.75 4, Rory McIIroy (2011-14)
Germany 4 2 2 2, Bernhard Langer (1985-93) and Martin Kaymer (2010-14)
Argentina 3 2 1.5 2, Angel Cabrera (2007-09)
Fiji 3 1 3 3, Vijay Singh (1998-04)
Ireland 3 1 3 3, Padraig Harrington (2007-08)
Zimbabwe 3 1 3 3, Nick Price (1992-94)
New Zealand 2 2 1 1, Bob Charles (1963) and Michael Campbell (2005)
Canada 1 1 1 1, Mike Weir (2003)
Wales 1 1 1 1, Ian Woosnam (1991)
France 1 1 1 1, Arnaud Massy (1907)
Sweden 1 1 1 1, Henrik Stenson (2016)
Italy 1 1 1 1, Francesco Molinari (2017)
South Korea 1 1 1 1, Y.E. Yang (2009)

Sources and Info: (All sources not listed here linked/mentioned in the article)

Featured Image: Featured Image: “Francesco Molinari” by Omar Rawlings is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_men%27s_major_championships_winning_golfers (Used to find information for major wins by country)

https://mapchart.net (Used to make maps in article)