Oldest Golfer to Make the Cut on the PGA Tour

Who is the oldest golfer to make the cut in a PGA Tour tournament? The answer to that question is Sam Snead. Let's find out where and when it happened, plus take a look at the very short list of golfers at least 64 years old who've made a cut since 1970.

Sam Snead Made His Last Cut at 67

The oldest-known golfer to make the cut in any PGA Tour tournament is the Slammer, Sammy Snead. Slammin' Sam was 67 years, two months and 21 days old when he made the cut in the 1979 Westchester Classic, the tournament that was later called the Buick Classic and The Barclays.

Snead opened with a first-round 76, but then shot 70 in the second round. His 146 score after two rounds was one stroke better than the cutline, so he headed into the weekend. Snead shot 77-74 in Rounds 3 and 4 to finish at 13-over 297 and in 74th place.

Earlier in the year, Snead shot his age twice in the PGA Tour Quad Cities Open, the oldest golfer to do that on the PGA Tour. And at the 1979 PGA Championship, he also made the cut, and also set another record: oldest to make the cut in a men's major. But after the Westchester Classic, Snead never made another cut on the PGA Tour.

Making a PGA Tour Cut Age 64 or Older is a Rarity

Snead's cut at the 1979 Westchester Classic is one of just four times since 1970 that any golfer has made a PGA Tour cut at the age of 64 or older. Three of the golfers who did it are all-time greats: Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. And there's also Fred Funk.

In addition to Snead, here are the other age-64-and-over golfers who've made a PGA Tour cut since 1970:

  • Jack Nicklaus, age 64, 2004 Memorial. Nicklaus' final made cut happened on his own golf course in his own golf tournament. Nicklaus shot 74-73-77-71 and finished at 7-over 295, tied for 63rd place.
  • Tom Watson, age 65, 2015 RBC Heritage. Watson shot 72-70-69-76 to finish at 3-over 287, tied for 72nd place.
  • Fred Funk, age 64, 2020 Bermuda Championship. Funk chipped in on his 36th hole to make the cut on the number. He finished at 3-over 287, tied for 59th place.

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