Top 10 Oldest Winners on the PGA Tour!
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When an older golfer like Rod Pampling wins a PGA Tour event at the age of 47, it immediately gives hope to all the 40 somethings who have been thinking retirement. (at least until the age of 50) It’s the old story “If he can do it, I can too!” In today’s highly competitive field, would Sam Snead be capable of winning at the age of almost 53 years? Certainly, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Bernard Langer are two prospects who come to mind. Who do you think is currently capable? Comments below, please.
Rod Pampling won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Sunday at age 47 years, 1 month and 14 days. He became the oldest player to win the annual PGA Tour event in Las Vegas, snapping a streak of five straight years in which the Shriners champion was in his 20s.
So that got us thinking: What are the best PGA Tour victories by a golfer age 45 or older?
Here is our list of 10 favorites (well, No. 10 was a tie, so 11):
10a. John Barnum, 1962 Cajun Classic
Barnum is still the PGA Tour record holder for oldest first-time winner. The six-shot victory at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La., was Barnum’s only Tour triumph. He died 1996 at the age of 85.
10b. Art Wall Jr., 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open
Age: 51 years, 7 months, 10 days
Wall edged Gary McCord by a shot at Tuckaway Country Club for his 14th and final PGA Tour title – and first since winning the 1966 Insurance City Open.
9. Davis Love III, 2015 Wyndham Championship
Age: 51 years, 4 months, 10 days
Before Love beat Jason Gore by a shot at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., for his 21st PGA Tour win, he hadn’t won since the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Classic. Love is still enjoying his two-year exemption he received for that victory, too.
8. Johnny Miller, 1994 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Age: 46 years, 9 months, 8 days
Seven years after he won the 1987 title at Pebble Beach, Miller won by a shot over four players, including Tom Watson. After his win, Miller delivered this gem of a quote: “That didn’t really happen. It was a mirage. It was weird, like the whole thing wasn’t happening. I had this strange sense of calm.”
7. Fred Funk, 2005 Players Championship
Age: 48 years, 9 months, 14 days
Funk won the 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic at age 50 for his eighth Tour win, but his victory at TPC Sawgrass in 2005 is much more memorable. Funk opened with a 65 that year and eventually won by a shot over Luke Donald, Tom Lehman and Scott Verplank.
6. Sam Snead, 1965 Greater Greensboro Open
Age: 52 years, 10 months, 8 days
To this day, Snead is still the oldest player to win a PGA Tour event. He won at Sedgefield Country Club in 1965 for his 82nd Tour title, which is also a Tour record.
Source : Golfweek Staff
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