To be eligible for the title, a golfer must make the cut in all four majors. After identifying the golfers who accomplished that, it's a matter of tallying their scores from each major, and ranking the golfers accordingly. Those tasks have been handled for years by Colin McGillivray on the website golf-majors-champion.com - Colin even managed, one year, to present Tiger Woods with a trophy!
In 2012, only 12 golfers made the cut in all four majors. That number might seem small, but it is fairly representative of years past, too.
Scott's stroke total in the four majors was 1,130, two strokes better than runner-up Graeme McDowell.
Here is how the 12 golfers stacked up in 2012, with the total for each major (listed in the order of Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship) followed by the aggregate score:
Woods' fifth-place showing is of note. If you look a back at all the years in which Woods made the cut in each major (which you can do on golf-majors-champion.com), fifth place is the lowest Woods has ever finished in this ranking.
Winners the previous five years are:
- 2011: Charl Schwartzel
- 2010: Phil Mickelson
- 2009: Ross Fisher
- 2008: Padraig Harrington
- 2007: Tiger Woods
Scott, of course, failed to win any of the four majors, but despite that earns the Majors Aggregate Champion title. Scott and Fisher (2009) are the only golfers so far in the 21st century to top this ranking despite not winning one of the year's majors.