To a professional golfer, nothing is more difficult than attaining the ever elusive hole-in-one. Whether or not a person can tell a putter from a 9-iron, they’re probably aware how hard it is to hit a tiny ball into an equally small hole 300+ yards away. No matter how talented a golfer is, to pull this off always requires at least a little bit of luck as well, since the slightest sudden change in wind patterns can make or break such a shot.
Difficult as it is, when extremely talented golfers spend years or even decades honing their craft, the proper conditions will fall into place for at least a couple aces across a lengthy career. The best of the best somehow even make a habit of it. Well, actually, not all the best golfers can pull it off consistently. For example, despite being recognized as the most famous and successful golfer around today, Tiger Woods has only achieved 3 holes-in-one during PGA Tours since beginning his career.
Make no mistake about it, either—the PGA Tour is the one tournament in golf that actually matters to an athlete’s legacy in the sport. Even a golfer who didn’t win any trophies can wind up in the record books if he gets enough amazing shots. To find out who has that distinction, keep reading to learn about the 20 golfers with the most career holes-in-one on the PGA Tour.
20 A 34-Way Tie with 5 Reasons to Celebrate
Because holes-in-one are so difficult to achieve, it’s actually impossible to just create a “top 20” on the subject. Even the best golfers only got a few of them, and a huge number are tied with 5 holes-in-one each. It would be unfair to leave anyone out, so here’s most of the five timers club: Miller Barber, Dave Barr, Scott Brown, Mark Calcavecchia, Russ Cochran, Frank Conner, Glen Day, Jay Delsin, Chris DiMarco (pictured above), Mike Donald, David Edwards, Dave Eichelberger, Raymond Floyd, Jim Furyk, David Graham, Hale Irwin, George Knudson, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, Wayne Levi, Davis Love III, Gene Littler, Steve Lowery, John Mahaffey, Blaine McCallister, Johnny Miller, Bobby Nichols, Steve Pate, Kenny Perry, Doug Tweel, and Tom Watson.
19 Shigeki Maruyama Has 5 Reasons to Keep Smiling
Not to diminish the accomplishment of any golfer who managed 5 holes-in-one across PGA Tours, but a few of them were just interesting enough to deserve individual mention for their careers. For Shigeki Maruyama, there are two reasons he deserves particular distinction. First and foremost, his affable demeanor and omnipresent grin as he dominates the links earned him arguable the coolest nickname in all of golf as “The Smiling Assassin.” Second, he’s perhaps the best PGA Tour golfer to come out of Japan, having moved to the international scene after being the standout of the Japan Golf Tour in the ‘90s.
18 Gibby Gilbert III Made His Father Proud 5 Times Over
In just about every sport around, there have inevitably been a few budding athletes who took up the game in honor of their forefathers. That was the case with Gibby Gilbert III, valiantly following his the footsteps of Gibby Gilbert II, another name this list will cover as it continues. Ultimately, it could be said the elder Gilbert had the greater career overall, yet this doesn’t mean his son hasn’t given the family plenty of reasons to be proud. There are at least five glaring points of pride with his PGA Tour holes-in-one, an accomplishment that very nearly matched his father’s output in terms of aces.
17 Phil Mickelson Saw 5 Aces As He Won Millions
The final member of the five timers club, if anything, Phil Mickelson deserves an individual spotlight to showcase the sort of company in which the 30+ golfers he’s tied with are kept. One of the best players around today, Mickelson won the PGA Championship in 2005, and is ranked behind Tiger Woods as the all-time second highest earning money winner in the tour’s history. Known for his unique left-handed swing, Mickelson is clearly one of the most consistent golfers around, having remained a top ranked player since the mid-90s, yet even he has only managed 5 career aces while slowly making history.
16 Loren Roberts Grew Into a Boss With 6 Aces
Obviously, the golfers on this list all share an incredible long game, but anyone who has seen the film Happy Gilmore knows there’s a huge difference between hitting a ball hundreds of yards and lightly tapping it into it’s home. Truly a well-rounded player, in addition to his 6 holes-in-one on the PGA Tour, Loren Roberts has earned the nickname “Boss of the Moss” for his expert putting skills for those times when he can’t finish the job with one single stroke. He’s also notable for gradually improving over time, spending over a decade on the tour before nabbing his first tournament win.
15 Larry Rinker Can Teach How to Sink 6 Holes-in-One
Anyone reading this list wondering how they, too, could start scoring countless holes-in-one on the links should pay close attention to Larry Rinker. After a modest run on the PGA Tour, Rinker has since retired from championship play to focus on a teaching career. Ironically, it’s Rinker’s instruction on how to improve a player’s short game that gets most of the attention, but he also has at least 6 stories to tell about how to achieve the perfect conditions to sink an ace. He’s not the only one in his family able to offer advice, either, as brother Lee and sister Laurie were also golfers of notable repute.
14 Rocco Mediate’s Bad Back Didn’t Stop Him From Landing 6 Aces
Every golfer has to overcome certain struggles, and Rocco Mediate has one of the tougher to deal with—chronic back pain has been a consistent part of his career from the very beginning, at times taking him out of the game. To make up for these problems, Mediate used to play with longer clubs so he didn’t have to bend over as far when putting, not that this was an issue with his six holes-in-one on the PGA Tour. Eventually, he also dealt with the pain through changes in his exercise regiment, possibly adding years to his career. Nowhere near slowing down, he recently won the Senior PGA Championship in 2016.
13 6 Holes-in-One Is Just What Billy Mayfair Needs
Well before he entered the national scene, Billy Mayfair was already recognized for his great potential as a 14-year-old, when he appeared on the cover of Boys’ Life magazine. The Boy Scouts of America’s top publication was celebrating Mayfair’s incredible run on the junior circuit, which continued well after he turned pro in 1988, with 6 impressive aces on the PGA Tour. That said, chances are Mayfair’s true claim to fame is being the only golfer to defeat Tiger Woods in a sudden death playoff, a feat he pulled off in 1998, smack dab in the middle of Tiger’s prime, no less.
12 Charles Howell III Could Be Called Chucky 6 Aces
Perhaps to avoid sounding like a millionaire on Gilligan’s Island, moderate star Charles Howell III has taken the more gangster sounding nickname Chucky Three Sticks, a name that represented his youthful spirit when a highly impressive beginning. Right from the start, Howell III was named the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2001, yet it could be said his best year on the links didn’t come until 2013. It was during that year’s tour that he earned two aces in a single year, a highly rare feat even for the players on this list.
11 Gibby Gilbert Inspires Juniors With 6 Holes-in-One
This list has already covered the third Gibby Gilbert, and now it’s time to talk about that player’s proud father. In turn inspired by his old man, Gibby Gilbert II played professionally from 1965 to the late ‘80s, winning three major tournaments throughout the ‘70s. During that time, he landed six aces on the PGA Tour, an ability he later tried passing on to his son and plenty of other young golfers as a noted fan of the PGA’s Junior Golf Academy. Later in life, he continued the success with a number of sterling performances on the Champions Tour.
10 Greg Chalmers Came From the Land Down Under to Score 6 Holes-in-One
Being a native Australian, it’s only natural the greatest successes of Greg Chalmers have come in his home country. Of course, being a repeat standout of the PGA Tour of Australasia has also made him a name to watch whenever he travels the world as part of the PGA Tour proper. It only took four years of victories Down Under before Chalmers earned his PGA Tour card, which he eventually used to sink 6 aces during official play. Nonetheless, he still finds his greatest achievements at home, winning two Australian Opens and Australian PGA Championships, along with the prestigious Orders of Merit for his efforts.
9 Willie Wood Had 7 Reasons to Celebrate Between the Junior and Senior Tours
No, this isn’t the same Willie Wood famous for his role in the Green Bay Packers throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s. Shortly after the other Willie Wood stepped off the gridiron, a golfer by the same name started hitting the links on the PGA Junior Tour, graduating to professional play in 1983. Despite maintaining only an average record as an adult, Wood at least earned great notoriety for his 7 holes-in-one, along with one tournament victory in 1996. Oddly enough, in addition to his sterling performance in the junior division, he shot back into prominence on the Champions Tour, which he still plays on to this day.
8 Lanny Wadkins Makes Arnold Palmer Proud With 7 Aces
One iconic name that surprisingly doesn’t feature on this list is Arnold Palmer, but that doesn’t mean it’s entirely free of his influence. It was on Palmer’s golf scholarship that Lanny Wadkins attended Wake Forest University, an honor he repaid by narrowly defeating the legend at the Sahara Invitational during his second year of professional play. Wadkins remained highly successful from there, winning the PGA Championship in 1977, followed by being the runner-up in ’82, ’84, and ’87, also getting named the tour’s Player of the Year in ’85. Along the way, he also scored an incredible 7 aces during tournament play before settling into his current role as a broadcaster.
7 Bob Tway Used His Rookie Momentum to Score 7 Holes-in-One
Truly a rookie sensation in every sense of the word, Bob Tway won the PGA Championship and distinction as the tour’s Player of the Year in only his second year as a pro golfer. Tway’s victories were especially notable for his final shot, which impressively saw him escape a sand trap straight into the 18th hole, still considered one of the most unforgettable moments in PGA Tour history. That rookie success would never quite get replicated, though Tway still managed to sink seven aces across his career. Showing it wasn’t just beginner’s luck, he was also named the PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year in 1995.
6 Corey Pavin Supplemented Gold Medals with 7 Aces
Kicking things off with a nod to his heritage, Corey Pavin began his mainstream golf career with the 1981 Maccabiah Games in Israel, where he won two gold medals. After going pro in the PGA, he became one of the most consistent players around, winning at least one tour tournament per year from 1984 to 1988 then again from ’91 to ’96. This winning streak included the title PGA Player of the Year in 1991, and he was the runner-up to the PGA Championship in 1994. Regardless of wins, Pavin also scored seven incredible holes-in-one during this time frame.
5 Scott Hoch Inspired Hope with 7 Aces
Even a really good golfer can have a bad day on the links, and sometimes it can almost define their career. Thanks to a few infamously bad final holes and an allegedly difficult attitude, Scott Hoch was once best known for “winning” a Least Popular Golfer poll amongst fellow PGA players. Upsetting as the setbacks surely were, Hoch gradually rebuilt his reputation with a number of big wins, plus seven impressive aces throughout his PGA career. When things turned around and he finally won a major tournament, Hoch also proved a great knack for altruism by donating $100,00 of his prize money to the Orlando Regional Medical Center.
4 Gil Morgan Could See His 8 Holes-in-One From a Mile Away
In order to shoot a ball into a tiny hole hundreds of yards away, let alone play golf at all, a player needs to have pretty decent eyesight. Any golfers who couldn’t see that well might have wanted to have a conversation with Gil Morgan, who maintained his optometry license throughout his entire career as a successful golfer, though he never actually worked as a doctor. It simply wasn’t necessary to supplement his income as he won hundreds of thousands of dollars on the links, finishing in the top five during countless PGA Tour tournaments. He was also consistent when it came to sinking aces, scoring eight throughout his career.
3 Hubert Green Lives Up to His Last Name With 8 Holes-in-One
Important as golf is to the players of the PGA Tour, winning typically isn’t quite a life or death situation. In one of the game’s most shocking moments, however, that’s exactly what it became for Hubert Green in 1977 when police informed him of death threats made during the Open Championship. Not only did “Hubie” soldier on through the event and finish third, but his career flourished from there on, culminating with a PGA Championship in 1985. Oddly enough, that was the last major win Green had on the PGA Tour proper, though he still achieved 8 holes-in-one overall and later continued his success on the Champions Tour.
2 Hal Sutton Set the Record with 10 Incredible Aces
Recognized as Golf Magazine’s Player of the Year in 1980, Hal Sutton entered the pro circuit destined for greatness. Just three years later, the PGA Tour would similarly call him their Player of the Year as well, in part due to his victory at the PGA Championship. Things were a little slow from there, but Sutton firmly rebounded by the ‘90s, earning another important title as the Comeback Player of the Year in ’94. Another huge career resurgence followed in 2000. Despite a few droughts, Sutton nonetheless holds the distinction for setting the current record for most holes-in-one on the PGA Tour with an incredible 10 aces overall.
1 Robert Allenby Traveled the World to Sink 10 Aces
There may be a tie for first place at the time being, but if Robert Allenby’s success continues, he may well score one last ace and wind up the overall PGA Tour hole-in-one champion. He only recently tied Hal Sutton’s record in 2016 and remains an active player today, meaning the next one could be just around the corner. Success like this is hardly new for Allenby, who won his native country’s PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in his rookie year, 1992, then again two years later. As he career progressed, Allenby began bouncing around the American, European, and Australasian tours, sinking an incredible 10 holes-in-one stateside throughout his journey.