Australia has a rich history in the game of golf. To date, 11 different male golfers have won a Major trophy – either the US Masters, the US Open, the Open Championship or the USPGA Championship. In this article, we’ll go through all 11 and look at their careers in more detail.

Jim Ferrier

The very first Australian to win a Major was Jim Ferrier, way back in 1947. That year, the Sydney-born pro took home the USPGA Championship, beating Chick Harbert in what was then a match play championship.

Peter Thomson

The most successful golfer to hail from this country, Thomson won the Open Championship an amazing five times, including successive titles in 1954, 1955 and 1956 – the only modern golfer to do so. Two years later, Thomson beat Welshman Dave Thomas at Lytham in a play-off to take a fourth title, before making it five in 1965.

Kel Nagle

When Nagle won the Open in 1960, it was the fifth Australian success in seven years. Nagle’s was a shock success; aged 39, he had never even finished in the top 10 of a major before.

David Graham

There was a long dry spell before an Australian golfer won another medal, but, like buses, two came in quick succession. David Graham won the 1979 PGA Championship in Detroit, before claiming the US Open in Philadelphia two years later.

Greg Norman

For years, ‘the Great White Shark’ was the nearly man of golf, finishing second multiple times in the US Masters, US Open and USPGA Championships but never quite managing to get over the line in any of them. He did, however, claim two Open triumphs – in 1986 and 1993 – the first by a huge margin of five strokes. He almost made it three in 2008, leading on the final day at Birkdale before being pulled back and finishing – as he so often did – on the podium in third.

Wayne Grady

Best known these days for his commentary on the game, Grady claimed the PGA Championship in 1990, a year after he had finished tied second in the Open.

Ian Baker-Finch

One of golf’s great up and down stories, Ian Baker-Finch was a surprise champion at the 1991 Open at Birkdale, after which he was expected to position himself at the top of the game. It didn’t work like that, however, with Baker-Finch’s swing completely collapsing on him on several occasions.

Steve Elkington

Elkington became the fourth Australian to win the PGA, beating Colin Montgomerie in a play-off at Riviera Country Club.

Geoff Ogilvy

Ogilvy was the beneficiary of a Phil Mickelson meltdown in difficult conditions at the 2006 US Open. His five over par is one of the highest scores to win a Major in recent years.

Adam Scott

An Australian finally got their hands on the Green Jacket in 2013, when Adam Scott recovered from his 2012 Open breakdown to beat Angel Cabrera in a play-off.

Jason Day

The latest Australian Major winner, long-time world number one Day set a new record in winning the 2015 PGA Championship with a score of 20 under par.