NERD ALERT - How many PGA Tour winners have their been, and how much did they win?

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NERD ALERT - How many PGA Tour winners have their been, and how much did they win?

Post by robopz on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 12:42 pm

The fairly unheralded Rod Pampling winning his 3rd PGA Tour event got me to thinking.... Just how many players on Tour win even that often.  The quick answer is less than half the players who ever win a PGA Tour event will win 3.   See the data below.

In the history of the PGA Tour there have been Approximately 4,292 Tour wins recorded by 866 different players. The number of actual events is somewhat less than that, because in the cases of team events or ties, both or all the players are counted.

And I say approximate because there are still some disputes on what are actual official wins from "the old days". Some events over the years were considered official at the time they were played and later deemed unofficial, and vice-versa with others. But the below is VERY close to the correct totals, at least to the point of giving one a good feel for frequency of winning at certain benchmarks

Left Column is how many times each of those 866 players won. Right Column is the number of players who won that total

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31 - 2
30 - 1
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26 - 1
25 - 2
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22 - 2
21 - 5
20 - 4
19 - 5
18 - 5
17 - 4
16 - 5
15 - 6
14 - 7
13 - 11
12 - 9
11 - 9
10 - 15
9 - 13
8 - 22
7 - 23
6 - 28
5 - 41
4 - 61
3 - 102
2 - 129
1 - 334

NOTE: It would be interesting to know how many total players there have been on Tour since these records began in 1916, and compare that to the above data. Problem is I don't think we can ever answer that question. Record keeping was pretty lousy in the early days... for a lot of the earlier events we only know who won, and maybe those who cashed, but rarely those that made the cut and weren't paid or those that missed the cut. We don't have solid across the board made cut data until probably the mid 60's.   Also who do you count even if you had the data?  My guess is the number of players who ever played a PGA Tour event numbers in the 10's of thousands... but the count of what we might call bona-fide tour players who played more than a small handful of events in a given year is probably more along the lines of 3-5000.


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Post by kwinigolfer on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 1:20 pm

NERD ALERT:

Coincidentally I was trying to think of where Pampling stands in the pantheon of Aussie winners on Tour. Not really very many ahead of him.
Norman, Crampton, Scott, Appleby, Day, Graham, Elkington, Ogilvy, Badds, Allenby and that might be about it, plus Peter Thomson if his Open Championships count. And why wouldn't they?

Can't think of any more.


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This gives some (not much, but some) credence to the maxim that it's tough to win on Tour, very tough to validate with a second win.

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Post by robopz on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 2:28 pm

Kwini... about the only addition to your list of notable Australian's with more wins than Pampling I can think of off hand is Jim Ferrier with 18.

And yes it is tough to win on Tour... again, just guessing at the real number of legitimate Touring pros, I'd have to think about 1 in every 5-7 ever win a single event... I was actually surprised there would be over 400 (403) that won 3 or more vs 463 who won just 1 or 2.  

Also, I was expecting there would be as many "1 hit wonders" as there were multiple winners, but it appears just over 61% of the total winners were multiple winners.

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Post by GPB on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 3:52 pm

Bruce Devlin has 8 PGATour wins.

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Post by kwinigolfer on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 3:57 pm

Ugh, Saw Bruce Devlin's name and had meant to include him!

As for Jim Ferrier, I always get him hopelessly mixed up w/Jim Ferree.
Good calls, both. Thanks.

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Post by GPB on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 4:26 pm

Joe Kirkwood Sr from Sydney has 13 PGATour wins.

His son Joe Kirkwood Jr has 3 PGATour wins.

Trivia, Joe Junior starred in 11 films about comic book boxer Joe Palooka and a TV show about Joe Palooka. He has star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

More Trivia: Joe Sr and Joe Jr were the first father/son duo to make the cut in the US Open.

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Post by McLaren on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 4:52 pm

Thanks robo, interesting stuff.  

In chart form

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Post by McLaren on Tue 08 Nov 2016, 4:56 pm

If my maths is ok, then nearly 90% of those who manage to win on tour don't win more than 10 career PGAT titles.

So with 12 and 13 wins already Dustin and Rory have already had a pretty rare careers.
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Post by SetupDeterminesTheMotion on Thu 10 Nov 2016, 4:09 pm

kwinigolfer wrote:NERD ALERT:

Coincidentally I was trying to think of where Pampling stands in the pantheon of Aussie winners on Tour. Not really very many ahead of him.
Norman, Crampton, Scott, Appleby, Day, Graham, Elkington, Ogilvy, Badds, Allenby and that might be about it, plus Peter Thomson if his Open Championships count. And why wouldn't they?

Can't think of any more.


robo,
This gives some (not much, but some) credence to the maxim that it's tough to win on Tour, very tough to validate with a second win.

How about Matt Jones..
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Post by GPB on Mon 14 Nov 2016, 9:29 pm

Matt Jones only has one PGATour win.

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