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PostTennis, Golf, and the "Double Career Grand Slam" (David Duggan, USA, 09/15/19 7:09 am)
John E asked about the double career grand slam. It refers to winning all 4 tournaments two times during the course of your career.
In the annals of sport, there have been only three winners of the Grand Slam in either men's tennis and golf, that is winning all 4 majors in one year: Bobby Jones (1930, US Open, US Amateur, British Open, British Amateur: this was before the Masters began and as an amateur, Jones did not play in the PGA championship); Don Budge 1938 (as an amateur); Rod Laver 1962 (as an amateur) and 1969, as a professional in the first full year of "open tennis" when both pros and amateurs competed against each other.
Triple career grand slam winners in golf: Tiger Woods (3 British, 5 Masters, 4 PGAs and 3 US Opens) and Jack Nicklaus (3 British, 6 Masters, 5 PGAs and 4 US Opens). Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan and Gary Player won all four at one time in their careers but not the double career grand slam. Walter Hagen's career was before the Masters, and as a pro, he was ineligible for the British and US Amateurs. So far as I can tell, no other golfer has a career slam (Palmer and Tom Watson never won the PGA, Trevino never won the Masters).
In tennis, career grand slam winners are Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, and Agassi in the Open era, and Roy Emerson in the amateur era (he's actually a double career grand slam winner, 6 Australians, 2 French, 2 US, and 2 Wimbledons), but some think he accomplished that because he stayed amateur longer than others, soaking up the titles during that era of "shamateur" tennis, with lots of money under the table. Three of Laver's four 1962 GS victories were against Emerson, but he beat quality opponents in finals later on (Fred Stolle, Tony Roche, Arthur Ashe).
Maybe I'll save for later discussion of the women's slam winners, the "Serena Slam," and the "Golden Slam."
JE comments: Lots of slams! Thank you, David. My confusion stemmed perhaps from your mention of Laver winning the Grand Slam twice in one calendar year. How is this possible?