The Golf Grand Slam's Current Winners and Seekers

By Ryan Watson

Tiger Woods wins open championship

The Career Grand Slam in golf is an achievement that only five players have accomplished. It is, without a doubt, one of the game's "white whales." Golf's four major championships, the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship (British Open), and PGA Championship, make up the grand slam. To be victorious at even one in a career is a tremendous feat. To have won all four is automatic legend status. So who's won the Career Grand Slam and who's on the hunt? Here is the current list.

Golf Grand Slam History

While the four majors make up the grand slam today, the U.S. Amateur and the Amateur Championship were considered major championships at one time. Though with the full professionalization of golf, they are no longer considered majors.

The literal Grand Slam is when a player wins all four major championships in a calendar year. In the pre-Masters era, Bobby Jones, arguably the best amateur golfer in history, pulled off the Grand Slam, the only of its kind, in 1930 when he won both American and British Opens and Amateurs.

However, no golfer in the modern era has achieved this "rare air." Tiger Woods won four consecutive majors, but his streak spanned two seasons, beginning with the 2000 U.S. Open and ending with a triumph at the 2001 Masters. That feat, dubbed the “Tiger Slam” had never been accomplished.

Career Grand Slam Winners

While winning the grand slam in a single year may be close to impossible, the career grand slam offers players something to strive for over the course of decades. The career grand slam — winning each major championship at least once during a career — has been accomplished by only five golfers, with the last being Tiger Woods in 2000. Remarkably, Woods and Nicklaus have each won three Career Grand Slams and are the only players in golf’s history to do so.

Career Grand Slam Winner Year Completed (Age)
Gene Sarazen 1935 (32)
Ben Hogan 1953 (40)
Gary Player 1964 (29)
Jack Nicklaus 1966 (26)
Tiger Woods 2000 (24)

Active Golfers with 3 of the 4 Majors

While only five players have achieved the Career Grand Slam, there are a handful more who are oh-so-close to accomplishing the feat.

Phil Mickelson

There are currently three active golfers who lack one major championship to complete the Career Grand Slam. Phil Mickelson needs to add only the U.S. Open to his impressive haul of six majors to complete the slam. Mickelson has infamously finished runner-up in the U.S. Open a record six times — 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013 — without claiming the top spot. While the prime of his career is behind him, Mickelson earned an exemption to the U.S. Open through 2025 by virtue of his 2021 PGA Championship triumph, where he set the record as the oldest player ever to win a major.

Mickelson has three Masters, two PGA Championships, and one Open Championship title.

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy lacks a Masters title to complete his Career Grand Slam. He was close in 2015 when he finished fourth, and finished T5 in 2018 and 2020, but hasn’t gotten the job done. It appeared the Masters might be Rory’s first major championship, as the Northern Irishman held a four-stroke lead during the final round before playing the 10th-12th holes six over par and limping home with an 8-over par 80.

Jordan Spieth

The youngest player to win three of the four majors, Jordan Spieth, managed to win the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship by age 24. Only the PGA Championship remains in his quest to join the game’s greatest players.

Spieth almost won three of the four in 2015 alone as he took home the green jacket and U.S. Open, and finished runner up at the PGA Championship. Two years later he won the Open.

Golfer Major Need
Phil Mickelson U.S. Open
Rory McIlroy The Masters
Jordan Spieth PGA Championship

About the Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.