Oldest Winners in PGA Tour History

Who are the oldest winners in the history of the PGA Tour? So far, only eight golfers in tour history over the age of 50 have won an official PGA Tour tournament. There are several Hall of Famers on that list, too, and the oldest of them all was also one of the greatest of them all.

Here's a closer look at the list of oldest PGA Tour champions:

50-Plus: The PGA Tour's Oldest Winners

The following golfers have won PGA Tour tournaments at the age of 50 years and older:
  • Sam Snead: Snead is the record-holder. He was 52 years, 10 months, 8 days old when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open. It was his eighth win in that tournament (which set another record), and the last of his 82 overall PGA Tour wins (another record). Snead hadn't won in four years, so he was 48 at the time of his previous win.

  • Art Wall: Art Wall was 51 years, 7 months, 10 days old when he won the 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open. It was Wall's first win in nine years, the 14th for the former Masters winner.

  • Davis Love III: Love was 51 years, 4 months, 10 days old when he won the 2015 Wyndham Championship. It was Love's first win in the 2010s. He had previously won in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000-aughts, just the third golfer (joining Snead and Raymond Floyd) to win on the PGA Tour in four different decades.

  • Jim Barnes: Jim Barnes was 51 years, 3 months, 7 days old when he won the 1937 Long Island Open. Barnes' record is the one Snead broke in 1965. He was a four-time major championship winner.

  • John Barnum: John Barnum was 51 years, 1 month, 5 days old when he won the 1962 Cajun Classic. This was Barnum's only PGA Tour victory, and he still holds the record for being the oldest first-time winner.

  • Phil Mickelson: Mickelson was 50 years, 11 months and 7 days old when he won the 2021 PGA Championship. He had already won twice on the Champions Tour in 2020. By winning the PGA, Mickelson also became the oldest major championship winner ever.

  • Fred Funk: Funk was 50 years, 8 months, 11 days old when he won the 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic. Funk was the third golfer ever to win on PGA Tour and Champions Tour in the same year.

  • Craig Stadler: Stadler was 50 years, 1 month, 18 days old when he won the 2003 B.C. Open. Stadler was a Champions Tour rookie and had already won on the senior tour in 2003, the second player ever to win on both the Champions Tour and PGA Tour in the same year.
A note about the final two players on the list, Funk and Stadler: We pointed out they were the third and second, respectively, golfers to win on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour in the same year. But wait, you might be thinking, where is the guy who did that first? He doesn't make the 50-and-over PGA Tour winners list. Raymond Floyd, in 1992, was the first golfer to win PGA Tour and Champions Tour tournaments in the same year, but he was 49 at the time of his PGA Tour win.

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