The rarity of three-peat winners on the PGA TOUR
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Written by Alistair Cameron @PGATOUR
Viktor Hovland is looking to join the record books this week in Mexico as he tries to win the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba for an elusive third time in three years. The Norwegian is trying to become the 10th man to three-peat at an event since World War II.
Seven of the previous nine men to three-peat are World Golf Hall of Famers. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller and Gene Littler are the Hall of Famers who have three-peated since World War II. Steve Stricker is the most recent to achieve back-to-back-to-back wins. He won the John Deere Classic in 2009-11.
Hovland won the 2020 edition of the World Wide Technology Championship with a score of 20-under winning by a shot over Aaron Wise. Last year he shot a tournament-record 23-under and won by four.
“It's a special place. I loved it even before winning it two times,” Hovland said when asked about El Camaleón Golf Course. “It was the first time I played a PGA TOUR event. To come back here as a two-time champion is very special. Yeah, let’s see if I can add another one this week.”
Hovland is the first of six players who will be looking to win the same event three years in a row. Sam Burns (Valspar Championship), K.H. Lee (AT&T Byron Nelson), Rory McIlroy (RBC Canadian Open and THE CJ CUP), Patrick Cantlay (BMW Championship) and Max Homa (Fortinet Championship) who will have to wait until next season.
On 26 occasions, a player has won an event in at least three consecutive seasons. Eighteen men have accomplished the feat.
Woods has achieved this feat six times, including two four-peats. This also includes two separate three-peats at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. Three other players – Palmer, Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen – have won multiple events in at least three consecutive seasons (and, yes, the Miami Open and Miami Beach Opens are separate events).
PLAYERS TO WIN AN EVENT IN 3+ CONSECUTIVE SEASONS
FOUR IN A ROW
Tom Morris, Jr., The Open Championship: 1868-70 (no event 1871), 1872
Walter Hagen, PGA Championship: 1924-1927
Gene Sarazen, Miami Open: 1927-1930
Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer Invitational: 2000-2003
Tiger Woods, Farmers Insurance Open: 2005-2008
THREE IN A ROW
Jamie Anderson, The Open Championship: 1877-1879
Robert Ferguson, The Open Championship: 1880-1882
Willie Anderson, U.S. Open: 1903-1905
Walter Hagen, Metropolitan Open: 1916, 1919-1920*
Gene Sarazen, Miami Beach Open: 1927-1929
Henry Picard, Tournament of the Gardens: 1935-37
Ralph Guldahl, Western Open: 1936-1938
Ben Hogan, Asheville Land of the Sky Open: 1940-1942
Gene Littler, Tournament of Champions: 1955-1957
Billy Casper, Portland Open: 1959-1961
Arnold Palmer, Texas Open: 1960-1962
Arnold Palmer, Phoenix Open: 1961-1963
Jack Nicklaus, Disney World Golf Classic: 1971-1973
Johnny Miller, Tucson Open: 1974-1976
Tom Watson, AT&T Byron Nelson: 1978-1980
Tiger Woods, Memorial Tournament: 1999-2001
Tiger Woods, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: 1999-2001
Stuart Appleby, Sentry Tournament of Champions: 2004-06
Tiger Woods, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: 2005-2007
Tiger Woods, WGC-Cadillac Championship: 2005-2007
Steve Stricker, John Deere Classic: 2009-2011
Alistair is a senior staff member at the PGA TOUR. Born and raised in England, he played golf professionally on the European Alps Tour before joining the PGA TOUR. Follow Alistair Cameron on Twitter.