20 Major Champions Under Age of 25

20 Major Champions Under Age of 25 1GOLF.COM PUBLISHED A PHOTO GALLERY of “Notable Major Champions Under the Age of 25.” I’ve included their list below, but in a different order, from youngest to oldest. I’ve also added each player’s majors total. Plus I’ve included a handful of players (at bottom) Golf.com didn’t list.

(I’m not sure why they didn’t mention Ernie Els, who I believe won his first U.S. Open at the age of 24.)

(Photo: Morgan Pressel.)

Many of the retired players on the list went on to win five or more majors. So obviously it’s good to win early. Maybe you’ll win often. Tseng is the quickest to four. McIlroy has one and a world of potential. But there’s no guarantee you’ll win many or any after the first. Just ask Jerry Pate, who won his first and last major, the U.S. Open, at the tender age of 22.

Young Tom Morris, 17, 1868 British Open

Total majors: 4

Morgan Pressel, 18, 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Total majors: 1

Yani Tseng, 19, 2008 LPGA Championship

Total majors: 4

Francis Ouimet, 20, 1913 U.S. Open

Total majors: 3 (includes amateur titles)

Gene Sarazen, 20, 1922 U.S. Open

Total majors: 7

Bobby Jones, 21, 1923 U.S. Open

Total majors: 13 (includes amateur titles)

Nancy Lopez, 21, 1978 LPGA Championship

Total majors: 3

Tiger Woods, 21, 1997 Masters

Total majors: 14

Se Ri Pak, 21, 1998 LPGA Championship

Total majors: 5

Jack Nicklaus, 22, 1962 U.S. Open

Total majors: 18

Seve Ballesteros, 22, 1979 British Open

Total majors: 5

Rory McIlroy, 22, 2011 U.S. Open

Total majors: 1

Gary Player, 23, 1959 British Open

Total majors: 9

Brittany Lincicome, 23, 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship

Total majors: 1

Paula Creamer, 23, 2010 U.S. Women’s Open

Total majors: 1

Annika Sorenstam, 24, 1995 Women’s British Open

Total majors: 10

Others who won a major early: John McDermott (19), Jerry Pate (22), Johnny Goodman (23), Ernie Els (24). (Feel free to help with this list of others, which is probably incomplete.)

−The Armchair Golfer

(Photo credit: Keith Allison, Flickr, Creative Commons license)

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