Oldest PGA Tour Winners

PGA Tour Records: All the over-50 champions

Sam Snead practicing at Augusta National prior to the 1965 Masters
Sam Snead in 1965, the year he won on the PGA Tour at age 52. Bettmann/Getty Images

In PGA Tour history, seven golfers over age 50 have won tournaments. The oldest of those seven was just shy of 53 years old.

The Oldest PGA Tour Winner: Sam Snead, Age 52

The Slammer, Sam Snead, was 52 years, 10 months and 8 days old on the day he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open. And that makes him the oldest champion in PGA Tour history.

It was the 25th time Snead played the GGO, as it was often called then (the tournament is now named the Wyndham Championship).

It was 27 years after he first played that tournament in 1938.

And Snead won that 1938 debut. He won the tournament again six more times after that. So his victory in 1965 was his eighth, which set a record for most times winning the same PGA Tour event.

And his final victory in the tournament coming 27 years after his first also set a record, for most years between first and last wins in the same PGA Tour tournament.

It was a momentous tournament for Slammin' Sam.

Snead was two off the lead after an opening 68, then tied for the 36-hole lead with Billy Casper following a second-round 69. Snead took a two-stroke lead after a third-round 68, then added another 68 in the fourth round and won by five strokes.

The List: PGA Tour Winners Aged 50 and Over

Here is the full list of seven PGA Tour winners over the age of 50:

  • Sam Snead - 52 years, 10 months, 8 days, 1965 Greater Greensboro Open
  • Art Wall - 51 years, 7 months, 10 days, 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open
  • Davis Love III - 51 years, 4 months, 2015 Wyndham Championship
  • Jim Barnes - 51 years, 3 months, 7 days, 1937 Long Island Open
  • John Barnum - 51 years, 1 month, 5 days, 1962 Cajun Classic
  • Fred Funk - 50 years, 8 months, 12 days, 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic
  • Craig Stadler - 50 years, 1 month, 18 days, 2003 B.C. Open

    A few notes:

    • Love's win, like Snead's, was also in the GGO - although by that point the tournament was called the Wyndham Championship.
    • For Barnum, the victory at the 1962 Cajun Classic was the only one of his PGA Tour career. But he made it count, with a couple significant achievements. First, he was only the second golfer over 50 to win on the tour. Second, he set a record that still stands as the oldest first-time PGA Tour winner. And third, Barnum was the first golfer ever to win a PGA Tour tournament using a Ping putter.
    • Three of the golfers on the winners-over-50 list are Hall of Famers (Snead, Love, Barnes). Two others (Wall, Stadler) were major championships winners.

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