Oldest winners on the PGA Tour

By T.J. Auclair
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Oldest winners on the PGA Tour

Here's a staggering stat for you...

There have been 901 events played on the PGA Tour this century. With Phil Mickelson's win in March in the WGC-Mexico Championship at age 47, it was just the 18th time in those 901 events that a player age 47 or older has won.

Here's a chart from Shotlink, courtesy of a tweet by the PGA Tour's Mike McAllister, featuring the players on that list:

Believe it or not, only the top three names on that chart -- Love, Funk and Stadler -- are on the list of "oldest winners in PGA Tour history."

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Here's a look at the seven oldest winners in PGA Tour history:

1. Sam Snead 

Sam Snead, also the man who owns the record for most career PGA Tour wins with 82, is the oldest winner in Tour history. Snead was 52 years, 10 months and 8 days old when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open. That victory -- the final one of Snead's illustrious Tour career -- came four years after he claimed the Tournament of Champions four years earlier.

That Greensboro victory was the eighth in that particular Tour event, which ties a PGA Tour record. 

2. Art Wall 

Art Wall, the 1959 Masters champion, is the second-oldest winner in PGA Tour history. In 1975, Wall won the Greater Milwaukee Open at 51 years, 7 months and 10 days -- his 14th and final Tour win. It was his first Tour win in nine years.

3. Davis Love III

Davis Love III, 1997 PGA Champion and captain of the 2012 and 2016 Ryder Cup USA teams, was 51 years, 4 months old when he won the 2015 Wyndham Championship, becoming the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history.

That win -- the 21st of his career -- made Love the oldest PGA Tour winner in the PGA Tour Champions era (since 1980). And he joined Snead and Raymond Floyd as the only players to win PGA Tour events in four different decades.

4. Jim Barnes

Four-time major champion Jim Barnes, winner of the first PGA Championship ever played in 1916, was 51 years, 3 months and 7 days old when he won the 1937 Long Island Open. He's the fourth-oldest winner in PGA Tour history.

That final victory was the 21st of Barnes's career. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.

5. John Barnum 

John Barnum is the PGA Tour's fifth-oldest winner in history. He was 51 years, 1 month and 5 days when he captured the 1962 Cajun Classic by a single shot over Gay Brewer.

Interestingly, that win by Barnum was also the first of his Tour career. He remains the only player to win his first PGA Tour event past the age of 50.

6. Fred Funk 

The sixth-oldest winner in PGA Tour history, Fred Funk was 50 years, 8 months and 12 days old when he won the 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Funk totaled eighth victories in his PGA Tour career, most notably the 2005 Players Championship, when he became that tournament's oldest winner.

7. Craig Stadler 

The seventh-oldest winner in PGA Tour history is Craig Stadler. The Walrus was 50 years, 1 month and 18 days old when he captured the 2003 B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y. The 1982 Masters champion fired a final-round 63 to clip Alex Cjeka and Steve Lowery by a single shot. 

That victory was the 13th of Stadler's PGA Tour career.