The 16 multiple winners of World Golf Championship events

Tiger Woods has been the dominant force but which other players have managed to get their hands on more than one WGC trophy?

The World Golf Championship tournaments were created in a bid to get golf's superstars battling it out against each other more frequently.

With any addition to a sporting calendar, it takes time for new events to enter the public consciousness.

And while they can never come close to challenging the Majors for prestige, the WGCs have become highly-prized trophies in their own right.

Perhaps that can be seen by looking at the name at the very top of the list.

Tiger Woods instantly knew that WGCs would be significant events to capture. And he set about them winning them at an incredible rate.

Prize money at World Golf Championships is on a par with Major Championships. And being sanctioned by the PGA Tour, European Tour, Asian Tour, Japan Golf Tour, South African Sunshine Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia, they truly are global events.

While the sponsors and tournament titles have changed, there are basically four to go at - the Match Play, the Championship, the Invitational and the Champions.

Here Planet Sport Golf looks at all the players who have multiple WGC wins:

18 - Tiger Woods

Tiger's magic number in the Majors was always 18, the amount won by Jack Nicklaus. His Major count is 15 but he hit that tally of 18 in WGCs after an amazing spell of dominance. From 1999 until 2009 he won at least one per season and five times (1999, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007) he collected two or more. After injury, he endured a winless run from 2009-2011 but increased his collection to its current 18 with two more in 2013. His haul is three times that of anyone else.

6 - Dustin Johnson

DJ hasn't hit Tiger's levels but he's pulled clear in the race for second place with a hot run over the last few seasons. Johnson won his first in 2013, the HSBC Champions, and added five more between 2015 and 2019. He does actually hold one record that Tiger doesn't as DJ is the only player to have won all four. The World No.1 completed the set when landing the 2017 Match Play.

3 - Phil Mickelson

There's a slight feeling that Lefty hasn't taken WGCs as seriously as Majors (five wins). It took him until 2009 to win his first and his second followed that same season. His only other success came in this week's event, the WGC-Championship, when it was staged at Chapultepec in Mexico.

3 - Geoff Ogilvy

The surprise name in the top five. Ogilvy is a Major winner too but the Aussie has three of these titles. Two of his trio of successes came in the Match Play: he won the first at La Costa in California in 2006 shortly before capturing the US Open. And he repeated the feat at Dove Mountain in Arizona in 2009.

3 - Rory McIlroy

McIlroy rounds out the top five after a hat-trick of wins, one less than his haul of Major titles. Rory won the Invitational at Firestone in his golden summer of 2014, bagged the 2015 Match Play at Harding Park in California and added the 2019 HSBC Champions at Sheshan in China.

2 - Darren Clarke

The Northern Irishman is best-known for his heroic Open victory at this year's venue, Royal St George's, in 2011. But way before that he won the 2000 Match Play when dominating Tiger Woods in the final and the 2003 Invitational by four strokes at Firestone.

2 - Jason Day

Another Aussie with two wins in the Match Play. Day was the king of that event midway through the last decade. He scored a memorable extra holes win over Victor Dubuisson at Dove Mountain in 2014 and crushed Louis Oosthuizen 5&4 at Austin, Texas in 2016.

2 - Ernie Els

Ernie Els hoists the trophy after winning at Doral
Ernie Els hoists the trophy after winning at Doral

A little like Mickelson, you'd expect to find four-time Major winner Els with more WGCs to his name. He managed just two wins, both at the Championship. He edged out Thomas Bjorn to win at Mount Juliet in 2004 and powered to a four-shot victory over compatriot Charl Schwartzel at Doral, Florida in 2010.

2 - Hunter Mahan

Mahan won six PGA Tour events between 2007 and 2014, and two of them were WGCs. He secured his first in the 2010 Invitational and then showed off his head-to-head combat skills to land the 2012 Match Play, beating Rory McIlroy 2&1 in the final at Dove Mountain in Arizona.

2 - Hideki Matsuyama

The Japanese ace has an even better WGC win to regular win ratio than Mahan as two of his five PGA Tour titles were achieved at this level. Even more impressive, he captured both with a combined winning margin of 12 strokes! The first was via a seven-shot win at the HSBC Champions in 2016 before nine months later he won by five at the Bridgestone Invitational.

2 - Ian Poulter

The Ryder Cup hero is another two-time WGC winner and no surprises that his first came at the Match Play. That was after a 4&2 win over fellow Englishman Paul Casey in the final at Dove Mountain. Poulter added his second at the 2012 HSBC Champions in China.

2 - Patrick Reed

Reed has a reputation for winning big tournaments and he's helped forge that with two WGC successes. Both have come in the WGC Championship but on different courses. In tough conditions he took victory with 4-under in the 2014 edition at Doral before shooting 18-under to win at Chapultepec in Mexico.

2 - Justin Rose

The Englisman used a WGC win as a stepping stone to Major success. Rose won the 2012 WGC Championship at Doral in 2012 before going on to claim the US Open at Merion a year later. A second WGC came his way in the 2017 HSBC Champions in China.

2 - Adam Scott

Like Reed and Rose, Scott is another to have used a WGC win as an important landmark before going on to claim a Major. Before the Aussie won the 2013 Masters Green Jacket, he scored a classy four-shot win in the 2011 Invitational at Firestone. He doubled his tally in the final edition of the WGC Championship played at Doral, pipping Bubba Watson by a shot in 2016.

2 - Justin Thomas

Thomas poses with the trophy after his WGC-FedEx St. Jude win
Thomas poses with the trophy after his WGC-FedEx St. Jude win

The American is in good position to jump into the top three on this list having secured two World Golf Championship wins early in his career. Both came in the Invitational but at different courses. He won the 2018 edition by four at Firestone and came home three clear in August 2020's battle at TPC Southwind.

2 - Bubba Watson

We all remember Bubba's two Masters wins in 2012 and 2014 but he's banked a pair of WGCs too. He outlasted Tim Clark in a play-off to scoop the 2014 HSBC Champions in China and was a slightly unlikely winner of the 2018 Match Play at Austin in Texas, thrashing Kevin Kisner 7&6 in the final.

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