The following is a list of the youngest golfers to ever win the PGA Championship. The PGA Championship is one of the four majors played in golf annually, and it is played in August as the last major of each year.
The list of the youngest golfers to ever win the PGA Championship is extremely relevant for a couple of reasons. First, the greatest golfer in history is on this list. Second, the second greatest golfer in history is also on this list.
Do you know who the oldest golfer to win the PGA Championship is? If you know that answer, you also then know who the oldest golfer in history to win a major is.
Youngest golfers to ever win the PGA Championship
1. Gene Sarazen (1922) - 20 years, 5 months, 22 days old
The youngest ever winner of the PGA Championship is Gene Sarazen, who was just 20 years, 5 months, and 22 days old when he won the tournament in 1922. Gene Sarazen won seven majors in his career, and won every major at least once.
2. Tom Creavy (1931) - 20 years, 7 months, 17 days old
The second youngest winner in PGA Championship history is Tom Creavy, who the tournament in 1931 at age 20 years, 7 months, and 17 days. Tom Creavy was less than two months older than record holder Gene Sarazen was when he won the PGA Championship in 1931. The PGA Championship was the only major of Tom Creavy's career.
3. Gene Sarazen (1923) - 21 years, 7 months, 2 days old
Gene Sarazen was so good he makes this list twice, as he also won the PGA Championship one year after he set the record as the youngest golfer ever to win the tournament.
4. Rory McIlroy (2012) - 23 years and 3 months old
Rory McIlroy was 23 years and three months old when he won his first PGA Championship in 2012. As you can see below, he was a few months younger than both Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods were when they won their first PGA Championships.
5. Jack Nicklaus (1963) - 23 years, 6 months old
When Jack Nicklaus won the PGA Championship for the first time he was just 23 years and 6 months old in 1963. For more about Jack Nicklaus and this tournament see Golfers who won the PGA Championship the most times.
6. Tiger Woods (1999) - 23 years, 7 months old
When Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship for the first time in 1999, he was just 23 years and 7 months old. That's just one month older than Jack Nicklaus was when Nicklaus won his first PGA Championship.
I think most golf fans now consider Jack Nicklaus to be the greatest golfer of all-time, and Tiger Woods to be the second greatest golfer in history. At one time, most people thought Tiger Woods would surpass Jack Nicklaus, but that is looking less and less likely these days.