Brothers Who've Won on the PGA Tour

So far, in the history of the PGA Tour, there have been 12 sets of brothers in which two (or more) of those brothers both won official PGA Tour tournaments.

In most cases, it's a pair of brothers who've both won. But in one case, three brothers all posted victories. And in another, four brothers all won PGA Tour events.

The Turnesas: Joe, Mike, Phil and Jim

The Turnesa brothers are the only quartet of brothers in PGA Tour history to all record official wins. And they don't even account for all of the Turnesa family members who made their mark on golf.

Joe Turnesa won the most among the four Turnesas who had PGA Tour wins, recording 14 victories. He reached the championship match of the 1927 PGA Championship but lost to Walter Hagen. That was one year after Joe finished runner-up to Bobby Jones by one stroke in the 1926 U.S. Open. He also made two U.S. Ryder Cup teams.

Mike Turnesa won six times on the PGA Tour in the 1930s and 1940s; Phil Turnesa mostly worked as a club pro but not before notching his own win. Jim Turnesa won twice in the early 1950s, but one of those was a major: the 1952 PGA Championship.

Two other brothers, Frank and Doug, were club professionals. And a seventh Turnesa brother, Willie, was a lifelong amateur who won the U.S. Amateur twice and the British Amateur once.

In 2008, Marc Turnesa, grandson of Mike, won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. And Mike and Marc became the first grandfather/grandson duo to both win on the PGA Tour.

The Smiths: Willie, Alex and Macdonald

There are "only" three Smith brothers who won on the PGA Tour, compared to the Turnesa's four, but the Smiths make it up in volume and quality.

Macdonald Smith won the most among the brothers, 25 PGA Tour wins. At the time of this writing, that remains 23rd-best in PGA Tour history. But unlike his two brothers, Macdonald never won a major. He did finish second three times: at the 1930 U.S. Open, 1930 British Open (both to Bobby Jones in his Grand Slam year) and 1932 British Open. He had nine other Top 5 finishes.

Willie Smith, the middle child of the three brothers who emigrated from Scotland, was the first to get on the board with a win in the 1899 U.S. Open.

Alex Smith won in America from the early 1900s through about 1913, including victories in the 1906 U.S. Open and 1910 U.S. Open. In 1906, Alex beat the runner-up, his brother Willie, by seven strokes. In 1910 he had to go to a playoff, where he beat two opponents — including Macdonald (who finished third).

The Twosomes: More Winning Brothers

  • The Kerrigans: Tom and George — Tom Kerrigan won four PGA Tour titles including the 1920 Westchester Open, the first time that tournament was played. George Kerrigan won twice on tour, plus multiple other regional titles. A third brother, William, was a club professional.

  • The Espinosas: Al and Abe — When Abe Espinosa won the 1928 Western Open (one of this three official wins), he became the first Hispanic-American PGA Tour winner. Al Espinosa won nine times in the 1920s and 1930s, plus had double-digit wins in other pro tournaments. Al lost to Leo Diegel in the 1928 PGA Championship title match. He lost a playoff to Bobby Jones at the 1929 U.S. Open.

  • The Mangrums: Ray and Lloyd — Ray Mangrum won five times in the 1930s and 1940s, and was an influential club pro in Los Angeles in the 1940s. Lloyd Mangrum is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. His achievements include winning the 1946 U.S. Open, and finishing second in three other majors (including losing to Ben Hogan in a playoff at the 1950 U.S. Open). Lloyd's 36 PGA Tour wins, as of this writing, rank 13th-best in PGA Tour history.

  • The Heberts: Jay and Lionel — Jay Hebert won seven times from 1957 through 1961, including the 1960 PGA Championship. That was three years after Lionel Hebert had won the 1957 PGA Championship. Lionel had five wins total between 1957 and 1966.

  • The Hills: Dave and Mike — Dave Hill won 13 PGA Tour titles in the 1960s and 1970s, then another six times on the Champions Tour. Mike Hill won three times on the PGA Tour, then another 18 times on the Champions Tour.

  • The Massengales: Don and Rik — Don Massengale won twice in 1966, and had no other PGA Tour wins ... but did make it into a playoff at the 1967 PGA Championship. Rik Massengale won three times on the PGA Tour in the mid-1970s.

  • The Inmans: Joe and John — Joe Inman won once, in 1976, and John Inman won twice, in 1987 and 1993.

  • The Edwardses: Danny and David — Danny Edwards won five times between 1977 and 1985. David Edwards won four times from 1980 to 1993.

  • The Byrums: Tom and Curt — Tom Byrum's lone PGA Tour win was the 1989 Kemper Open. Curt Byrum's lone PGA Tour win was the 1989 Hardee's Golf Classic. Two brothers, one win each, both wins in 1989.

  • The Bryants: Brad and Bart — Brad Bryant won once, the 1995 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic. Bart Bryant had three PGA Tour wins, including beating runner-up Tiger Woods at the 2005 Tour Championship.

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