On Sunday, August 23, 2015, Davis Love III won on the PGA Tour at the age of 51 years and four months of age. That makes Davis Love III one of the oldest golfers to ever win on the PGA Tour. A very impressive feat for the man who was named the 2016 Ryder Cup captain for the American team.
Here is a list of the oldest golfers to ever win on the PGA Tour. I’ve listed all the golfers who have won on the PGA Tour past the age of 51 years. It is very rare for a golfer to win on the PGA Tour past the age of 50 as golf is really a young man’s game because it is a game of nerves and it’s harder to control your nerves as you age.
1. Sam Snead – 52 years, 10 months 8 days
The great Sam Snead holds the record for the oldest winner of a PGA Tour golf tournament. Snead was 52 years, 10 months and eight days old when he won the Greater Greensboro Open (now known as the Wyndham Championship) in 1965. In addition to being the oldest winner in PGA Tour history, Sam Snead is also the oldest golfer to make a cut in a PGA tournament. In 1979, Sam Snead made the cut at the Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic at age 67 years, two months and 21 days. Sam Snead is also the oldest player to make the cut at a major as he was 67 years, two months and three days old when he made the cut at the 1979 PGA Championship.
2. Art Wall – 51 years and 7 months old
Art Wall is the second oldest golfer to ever win a PGA tournament. Wall was 51 years and seven months old when he won the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1975. Art Wall was pretty good PGA player who went to college at Duke. Wall won 14 times on the PGA Tour including the 1959 Masters for his only major.
3. Davis Love III – 51 years and 4 months old
Davis Love III became the third oldest PGA Tour winner when he won the 2015 Wyndham Championship at age 51 years and four months of age. The win was the 21st in Davis Love III’s PGA career, and it was his first win since November of 2008. This was a very impressive win for the 2016 Ryder Cup captain and makes one wonder if Davis Love III will put himself on the team.
4. Jim Barnes – 51 years and 3 months old
Jim Barnes was 51 years and three months old when he won the Long Island Open in 1937. Jim Barnes is one of the greatest golfers in history as he won 29 times on the PGA Tour, including winning four majors. That is very impressive considering that they did not play nearly as many tournaments on the PGA Tour back in Jim Barnes day. Jim Barnes held the record for oldest winner on the PGA Tour for 38 years until Art Wall broke it in 1975.
5. John Barnum – 51 years and one month old
John Barnum was 51 years and one month old when he won the 1962 Cajun Classic on the PGA Tour. Amazingly, the win was the first and only win on the PGA Tour for John Barnum. Obviously, John Barnum holds the record for the oldest golfer to ever win for the first time on the PGA Tour.