Since the Official World Golf Rankings were founded in 1986, only three different world #1 golfers have won majors.Here’s the complete list of golfers who won majors while ranked No. 1 in the world:
1. Tiger Woods (2008 US Open, 2007 PGA, 2006 PGA, 2006 British, 2005 British, 2002 US Open, 2002 Masters, 2001 Masters, 2000 US Open, 2000 British, 2000 PGA)
2. Fred Couples (1992 Masters)
3. Ian Woosnam (1991 Masters)
Now, there are a few big caveats here:
- Tiger Woods was ranked No. 1 for the majority of the 2000s, so there have only been a handful of other world No.1’s who could have possibly won a major in the last 15 or so years.
- Greg Norman was ranked No. 1 for 331 weeks during this career, and he only won two majors — both of which happened when he wasn’t No. 1.
There’s also the fact that golf isn’t very conducive to domination by a single player. The vast majority of the time, the No. 1-ranked golfer isn’t going to win a given tournament.
But still, it’s a surprising stat.
Luke Donald is No. 1 this week. He shot a one-over 73 yesterday.
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