Fifty-one-year-old Davis Love III created a slice of golfing history when becoming the third oldest player to win a US PGA Tour event last night when he captured the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.
America’s 2016 Ryder Cup captain showed the youngsters he can still play a bit himself by outscoring a strong field which included early frontrunner Tiger Woods who eventually had to settle for tied 10th.
However, Love is three months younger than Art Wall when he won the 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open and it was over half a century ago that golf’s ultimate golden oldie Slammin’ Sam Snead claimed his eighth Greater Greensboro Open at the ripe old age of 52 years, 10 months and 8 days old!
The other PGA Tour over-50s winners are:
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
Snead’s other golden oldie records: He is the oldest to make a tour cut: 67 years, 2 months, 21 days at the 1979 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic. He is also the oldest to finish in the top 10 in a PGA Tour event (63-3-4, 1975 B.C. Open), oldest to make the cut in a major (67-2-7, 1979 PGA) and oldest to finish in the top 10 in a major (62-2-15, 1974 PGA).
Other significant senior moments….