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Major Championship Winners in Golf Part 1 (1860 - 1949)

By Edited Apr 18, 2016 0 0

The PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association [of America]) holds four major golf championships every year, commonly referred to as the “Major Championships,” or the “Majors.” These four annual tournaments are the most prestigious in professional golf.

The first men’s major golf tournament, “The Open,” was held in 1860, and thirty-five years later the second major tournament, “The U.S. Open,” made its debut. The third and fourth championships, “The PGA” and “The Masters” became official major tournaments in 1916 and 1934.

In 1917, The U.S. Open and the PGA were not held due to World War I, and all four majors suspended one or more tournaments in the years 1940 through 1945, because of World War II.

This list covers the major championship winners in golf from 1860 through 1949. To see a list of winners from 1950 through 2011, see Major Championship Winners in Golf Part 2.

Major Championship Winners in Golf (1860 – 1949)

1949:

Masters: Sam Snead
The U.S. Open: Cary Middlecoff
The Open: Bobby Locke
PGA: Sam Snead

1948

Masters: Claude Harmon 
The U.S. Open: Ben Hogan
The Open: Henry Cotton
PGA: Ben Hogan  

1947 

Masters: Jimmy Demaret
The U.S. Open: Lew Worsham 
The Open: Fred Daly 
PGA: Jim Ferrier

1946

Masters: Herman Keiser
The U.S. Open: Lloyd Mangrum 
The Open: Sam Snead
PGA: Ben Hogan

1945

The Masters, U.S. Open, and The Open were not held due to World War II 
PGA: Byron Nelson  

1944 

Masters: Bob Hamilton
The U.S. Open, The Open, and the PGA tournaments were not held due to World War II

1943

No Majors held due to World War II

1942 

Masters: Byron Nelson
The U.S. Open and the Open were not held due to World War II
PGA: Sam Snead

1941

Masters: Craig Wood
The U.S. Open: Craig Wood
The Open was not held due to World War II
PGA: Vic Ghezzi

1940

Masters: Jimmy Demaret
The U.S. Open: Lawson Little
The Open was not held due to World War II
PGA: Byron Nelson  

1939

Masters: Ralph Guldahl
The U.S. Open: Byron Nelson
The Open: Dick Burton 
PGA: Henry Picard  

1938

Masters: Henry Picard
The U.S. Open: Ralph Guldahl
The Open: Reg Whitcombe 
PGA: Paul Runyan  

1937

Masters: Byron Nelson
The U.S. Open: Ralph Guldahl
The Open: Henry Cotton
PGA: Denny Shute  

1936

Masters: Horton Smith
The U.S. Open: Tony Manero 
The Open: Alf Padgham 
PGA: Denny Shute

1935

Masters: Gene Sarazen
The U.S. Open: Sam Parks, Jr.
The Open: Alf Perry 
PGA: Johnny Revolta

1934

Masters: Horton Smith
The U.S. Open: Olin Dutra
The Open: Henry Cotton
PGA: Paul Runyan  

1933

The U.S. Open: Johnny Goodman 
The Open: Denny Shute
PGA: Gene Sarazen  

1932 

The U.S. Open: Gene Sarazen
The Open: Gene Sarazen
PGA: Olin Dutra  

1931 

The U.S. Open: Billy Burke 
The Open: Tommy Armour
PGA: Tom Creavy

1930 

The U.S. Open: Bobby Jones
The Open: Bobby Jones
PGA: Tommy Armour

1929 

The U.S. Open: Bobby Jones
The Open: Walter Hagen
PGA: Leo Diegel  

1928 

The U.S. Open: Johnny Farrell 
The Open: Walter Hagen
PGA: Leo Diegel  

1927 

The U.S. Open: Tommy Armour
The Open: Bobby Jones
PGA: Walter Hagen  

1926 

The U.S. Open: Bobby Jones
The Open: Bobby Jones
PGA: Walter Hagen  

1925 

The U.S. Open: Willie MacFarlane 
The Open: Jim Barnes
PGA: Walter Hagen  

1924 

The U.S. Open: Cyril Walker 
The Open: Walter Hagen
PGA: Walter Hagen  

1923 

The U.S. Open: Bobby Jones
The Open: Arthur Havers 
PGA: Gene Sarazen  

1922 

The U.S. Open: Gene Sarazen
The Open: Walter Hagen
PGA: Gene Sarazen

1921 

The U.S. Open: Jim Barnes
The Open: Jock Hutchison
PGA: Walter Hagen

1920 

The U.S. Open: Ted Ray
The Open: George Duncan 
PGA: Jock Hutchison

1919 

The U.S. Open: Walter Hagen
The Open: Not held due to World War I 
PGA: Jim Barnes  

1918

No Majors were held due to World War I

1917

No Majors were held due to World War I

1916 

The U.S. Open: Chick Evans
The Open: Jim Barnes

1915 

The U.S. Open: Jerome Travers
The Open: Not held due to World War 1

1914 

The U.S. Open: Walter Hagen
The Open: Harry Vardon  

1913 

The U.S. Open: Francis Ouimet 
The Open: John Henry Taylor  

1912 

The U.S. Open: John McDermott
The Open: Ted Ray  

1911 

The U.S. Open: John McDermott
The Open: Harry Vardon  

1910 

The U.S. Open: Alex Smith
The Open: James Braid  

1909 

The U.S. Open: George Sargent  
The Open: John Henry Taylor  

1908 

The U.S. Open: Fred McLeod 
The Open: James Braid  

1907 

The U.S. Open: Alec Ross
The Open: Arnaud Massy

1906 

The U.S. Open: Alex Smith
The Open: James Braid  

1905 

The U.S. Open: Willie Anderson
The Open: James Braid  

1904 

The U.S. Open: Willie Anderson
The Open: Jack White

1903 

The U.S. Open: Willie Anderson
The Open: Harry Vardon  

1902 

The U.S. Open: Laurie Auchterlonie 
The Open: Sandy Herd

1901 

The U.S. Open: Willie Anderson
The Open: James Braid

1900 

The U.S. Open: Harry Vardon
The Open: John Henry Taylor

1899 

The U.S. Open: Willie Smith 
The Open: Harry Vardon

1898 

The U.S. Open: Fred Herd 
The Open: Harry Vardon

1897 

The U.S. Open: Joe Lloyd 
The Open: Harold Hilton

1896 

The U.S. Open: James Foulis
The Open: Harry Vardon

1895 

The U.S. Open: Horace Rawlins 
The Open: John Henry Taylor

1894

The Open: John Henry Taylor

1893 

The Open: Willie Auchterlonie

1892 

The Open: Harold Hilton  

1891 

The Open: Hugh Kirkaldy

1890 

The Open: John Ball, Jnr

1889 

The Open: Willie Park, Jr.

1888 

The Open: Jack Burns

1887 

The Open: Willie Park, Jr.

1886 

The Open: David Brown

1885 

The Open: Bob Martin

1884 

The Open: Jack Simpson

1883 

The Open: Willie Fernie

1882 

The Open: Bob Ferguson

1881 

The Open: Bob Ferguson

1880 

The Open: Bob Ferguson

1879 

The Open: Jamie Anderson

1878 

The Open: Jamie Anderson

1877 

The Open: Jamie Anderson

1876 

The Open: Bob Martin  

1875 

The Open: Willie Park, Sr.

1874 

The Open: Mungo Park

1873 

The Open: Tom Kidd

1872 

The Open: Young Tom Morris  

1871

The Open was not held due to World War 1

1870 

The Open: Young Tom Morris

1869 

The Open: Young Tom Morris

1868 

The Open: Young Tom Morris

1867 

The Open: Old Tom Morris

1866 

The Open: Willie Park, Sr.

1865 

The Open: Andrew Strath

1864

The Open: Old Tom Morris

1863 

The Open: Willie Park, Sr.

1862 

The Open: Old Tom Morris

1861 

The Open: Old Tom Morris

1860 

The Open: Willie Park, Sr.

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