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The Skill Distribution of Major Champions
Since 1995 there have been 116 Major Championships played with 71 different winners. The champions range from the expected (2000 Tiger Woods), to the unbelievable (2005 Michael Campbell), to everyone in between.
Major Champions Since 1995
The Masters TW U.S. Open TW The Open TW PGA Championship TW
Estimated Skill (Week Prior to Win)
Measured in strokes-gained per round versus average PGA Tour player
The average Major Champion has an estimated skill of +1.5 strokes-gained per round—this would typically map to the 10th-15th best player in our rankings. Of the four Majors, The Open Championship has the lowest average skill of its winners at +1.3 while The Masters has the highest at +1.6.

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