PGA Championship Winners: A Complete List, Plus Prize Money

By Timothy Sexton

Collin Morikawa wins the 2020 PGA Championship

The PGA Championship is the second major of the season and is highly regarded as having the toughest field of any golf tournament on the schedule each year. The tournament has been contested since 1916. Here is an overview of every winner in history along with host venues, score, and prize money.

PGA Championship Fun Facts

Up until 1958, the PGA Championship was played as a match play tournament. During that stretch of the first 41 years of the event's existence, Walter Hagen won a record five times (1921, 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1927) while Gene Sarazen won three times (1922, 1923, and 1933).

From 1916-22, the PGA Champion took home $500 for their efforts, in addition to the Wanamaker Trophy, but that winning payday doubled to $1,000 in 1923. 1960 marked the first year the winner's share went over $10,000 when Jay Herbert took home $11,000 for his victory. In 1983 the winner's check went over $100,000 for the first time, and 2003 was the first year the winner received over $1 million.

Phil Mickelson's historic win in 2021, when he became the oldest major winner in history also marked the first time the PGA Championship winner won over $2 million.

In the history of the PGA Championship, the winner's share has decreased from the previous year only three times:

  • 1957 to 1958
  • 1945 to 1946
  • 1941 to 1942

Winners by Year

Here are the PGA Championship winners by year along with the host course, final score, and winner's earnings.

Year Winner Course Score (to par) Winner's Prize
2022 Justin Thomas Southern Hills 275 (-5) $2,700,000
2021 Phil Mickelson

The Ocean Course (Kiawah Island)

282 (-6) $2,160,000
2020 Collin Morikawa TPC Harding Park 267 (-13) $1,980,000
2019 Brooks Koepka Bethpage Black 272 (-8) $1,980,000
2018 Brooks Koepka Bellerive CC 264 (-16) $1,980,000
2017 Justin Thomas Quail Hollow GC 276 (-8) $1,890,000
2016 Jimmy Walker Baltusrol GC 266 (-14) $1,800,000
2015 Jason Day Whistling Straits 268 (-20) $1,800,000
2014 Rory McIlroy Valhalla GC 268 (-16) $1,800,000
2013 Jason Dufner Oak Hill CC 270 (-10) $1,445,000
2012 Rory McIlroy The Ocean Course 275 (-13) $1,445,000
2011 Keegan Bradley Atlanta Athletic Club 272 (-8) $1,445,000
2010 Martin Kaymer Whistling Straits 277 (-11) $1,350,000
2009 Y.E. Yang Hazeltine National 280 (-8) $1,350,000
2008 Padraig Harrington Oakland Hills CC 277 (-3) $1,350,000
2007 Tiger Woods Southern Hills CC 272 (-8) $1,260,000
2006

Tiger Woods

Medinah CC 270 (-18) $1,224,000
2005 Phil Mickelson Baltusrol GC 276 (-4) $1,170,000
2004 Vijay Singh Whistling Straits 280 (-8) $1,125,000
2003 Shaun Micheel Oak Hill CC 276 (-4) $1,080,000
2002 Rich Beem Hazeltine National 278 (-10) $990,000
2001 David Toms Atlanta Athletic Club 265 (-15) $936,000
2000 Tiger Woods

Valhalla GC

270 (-18) $900,000
1999 Tiger Woods Medinah CC 277 (-11) $630,000
1998 Vijay Singh Sahalee GC 271 (-9) $540,000
1997 Davis Love III Winged Foot 269 (-11) $470,000
1996 Mark Brooks

Valhalla GC

277 (-11) $430,000
1995 Steve Elkington Riviera CC 267 (-17) $360,000
1994 Nick Price Southern Hills CC 269 (-11) $310,000
1993 Paul Azinger Inverness Club 272 (-12) $300,000
1992

Nick Price

Southern Hills CC 278 (-6) $280,000
1991 John Daly Crooked Stick GC 276 (-12) $230,000
1990 Wayne Grady Shoal Creek CC 282 (-6) $225,000
1989 Payne Stewart

Kemper Lakes GC

276 (-12) $200,000
1988 Jeff Sluman Oak Tree GC 272 (-12) $160,000
1987 Larry Nelson PGA National 287 (-1) $150,000
1986 Bob Tway

Inverness Club

276 (-8) $145,000
1985 Hubert Green Cherry Hills CC 278 (-10) $125,000
1984 Lee Trevino Shoal Creek CC 273 (-15) $125,000
1983 Hal Sutton Riviera CC 274 (-10) $100,000
1982 Raymond Floyd Southern Hills CC 272 (-8) $65,000
1981 Larry Nelson Atlanta Athletic Club 273 (-7) $60,000
1980 Jack Nicklaus Oak Hill CC 274 (-6) $60,000
1979 David Graham Oakland Hills GC 272 (-8) $60,000
1978 John Mahaffey Oakmont CC 276 (-8) $50,000
1977 Lanny Wadkins Pebble Beach 282 (-6) $45,000
1976 Dave Stockton Congressional CC 276 (+1) $45,000
1975 Jack Nicklaus Firestone CC 276 (-4) $45,000
1974 Lee Trevino Tanglewood CC 276 (-4) $45,000
1973 Jack Nicklaus Canterbury GC 277 (-7) $45,000
1972 Gary Player Oakland Hills CC 281 (+1) $45,000
1971 Jack Nicklaus PGA National 281 (-7) $40,000
1970 Dave Stockton Southern Hills CC 279 (-1) $40,000
1969 Raymond Floyd NCR CC 276 (-8) $35,000
1968 Julius Boros Pecan Valley CC 281 (+1) $25,000
1967 Don January Columbine CC 281 (-7) $25,000
1966 Al Geiberger Firestone CC 280 (E) $25,000
1965 Dave Marr Laurel Valley CC 280 (-4) $25,000
1964 Bobby Nichols Columbus CC 271 (-9) $18,000
1963 Jack Nicklaus Dallas Athletic Club 279 (-5) $13,000
1962 Gary Player Aronimink GC 278 (-2) $13,000
1961 Jerry Barber Olympia Fields CC 277 (-3) $11,000
1960 Jay Herbert Firestone CC 281 (+1) $11,000
1959 Bob Rosburg Minneapolis GC 277 (-3) $8,250
1958 Dow Finsterwald Llanerch CC 276 (-4) $5,500
1957 Lionel Hebert Miami Valley CC   $8,000
1956 Jack Burke Jr. Blue Hill CC   $5,000
1955 Doug Ford Meadowbrook CC   $5,000
1954 Chick Harbert Keller GC   $5,000
1953 Walter Burkemo Birmingham CC   $5,000
1952 Jim Turnesa Big Spring CC   $3,500
1951 Sam Snead Oakmont CC   $3,500
1950 Chandler Harper Scioto CC   $3,500
1949 Sam Snead Hermitage CC   $3,500
1948 Ben Hogan Norwood Hills CC   $3,500
1947 Jim Ferrier Plum Hollow GC   $3,500
1946 Ben Hogan Portland GC   $3,500
1945 Byron Nelson Moraine CC   $3,750
1944 Bob Hamilton Manito Golf & CC   $3,500
1943 No Championship World War II    
1942 Sam Snead Seaview CC   $1,000
1941 Vic Ghezzi Cherry Hills CC   $1,100
1940 Byron Nelson Hershey CC   $1,100
1939 Henry Picard Pomonok CC   $1,100
1938 Paul Runyan Shawnee CC   $1,100
1937 Denny Shute Pittsburgh Field Club   $1,000
1936 Denny Shute Pinehurst CC   $1,000
1935 Johnny Revolta Twin Hills CC   $1,000
1934 Paul Runyan Park CC   $1,000
1933 Gene Sarazen Blue Mound CC   $1,000
1932 Olin Dutra Keller GC   $1,000
1931 Tom Creavy Wannamoisett CC   $1,000
1930 Tommy Armour Fresh Meadows CC   $1,000
1929 Leo Diegel Hillcrest CC   $1,000
1928 Leo Diegel Five Farms CC   $1,000
1927 Walter Hagen Cedar Crest CC   $1,000
1926 Walter Hagen Salisbury GL   $1,000
1925 Walter Hagen Olympia Fields CC   $1,000
1924 Walter Hagen French Lick Spgs   $1,000
1923 Gene Sarazen Pelham CC   $1,000
1922 Gene Sarazen Oakmont CC   $500
1921 Walter Hagen Inwood CC   $500
1920 Jock Hutchison Flossmoor CC   $500
1919 James M. Barnes Engineers CC   $500
1918 No Championship World War I   $500
1917 No Championship World War I  

$500

1916 James M. Barnes Siwanoy CC   $500

About the Author

Timothy Sexton is an award-winning author who started writing in 1994. He has written on topics ranging from politics and golf to nutrition and travel, and his work appears online for Zappos.com, Disaboom, USAToday.com and MOJO, among others. He has also done work for "Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of West Florida.