7 golfers who’ve won a PGA Tour event after turning 50

Since January 1, 1900, more than 16,800 players have teed it up on the PGA Tour. There have been more than 4,300 official Tour events. More than 900 individual winners have grasped championship hardware.

Of those, all of seven were 50 years or older.

The only players to roll through the elderly roadblock were Craig Stadler, Fred Funk, John Barnum, James Barnes, Davis Love III, Art Wall, Jr., and Sam Snead.

Snead was 52 years, 10 months and 8 days old when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open, making him the oldest to win on the PGA Tour.

Here’s a look at those seven players.

Golfweek’s Steve DiMeglio contributed to this article.

Craig Stadler

Craig Stadler Craig Stadler won the 2003 B.C. Open. Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images

Craig Stadler became the first PGA Tour Champions winner to earn a PGA Tour victory. In 2003, he won the Senior Players Championship and then the following week won the B.C. Open, which was held opposite the British Open. Stadler became the first player 50-and-older since Art Wall in 1975 won the Greater Milwaukee Open.

Fred Funk

Fred Funk Fred Funk makes a birdie putt on the 7th hole during the final round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon at Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico on Feb. 25, 2007. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Fred Funk won the 2007 Mayakoba Golf Classic, which was opposite the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship that season. Funk was the first winner of the Mayakoba event and the first to win a PGA Tour event in Mexico. He shot a course-record 62 in the second round. Funk was 50 years, 8 months and 12 days old when he won the tournament.

John Barnum

John Barnum John Barnum, 50-year-old pro from Belmont, Michigan, poses in front of the PGA scoreboard at Aronimink Golf Club at Newtown Square, Pennsylvania on July 20, 1962, where he leads the field with a four-under-par 66 at the start of the second round of play in the 44th annual tournament. Photo by Associated Press

John Barnum was the second player to win on the PGA Tour after turning 50. He’s also the only player to ever to win his first Tour event after turning the big 5-0. His win came in the Cajun Classic Open Invitational on Nov 11, 1962. He won by six strokes over Gay Brewer.

James Barnes

When Jim Barnes won the 1937 Long Island Open, he became the first player older than 50 to win a PGA Tour event. But his career was much more notable than that. He won the first-ever PGA Championship, which was played in 1916. He won another three years later. He won the 1921 U.S. Open by nine shots, a record that stood until Tiger Woods broke it in 2000 at Pebble Beach. He also won the 1925 Open Championship. He would win again in his 50s, claiming the 1939 New Jersey Open when he was 53. It was his last victory.

Davis Love III

Davis Love III Davis Love III poses with the Sam Snead Trophy after winning the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Photo by Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports

Davis Love III was 51 years and four months old when he won the 2015 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, making him the third oldest PGA Tour winner behind Snead, who was 52 years, 10 months at the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open, and Art Wall, who was 51 years, 7 months when he won the 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open.

Art Wall, Jr.

Art Wall, Jr. Art Wall, Jr. and Arnold Palmer at the presentation ceremony after the 1960 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 1960 in Augusta, Georgia. Photo by Augusta National/Getty Images

Art Wall, Jr., had a storied career and in particular, a most remarkable season in 1959. That year he won the Masters as well as four PGA Tour titles. He was named Player of the Year, won the Vardon Trophy and won the money title. Credited with 45 holes-in-one in his career, Wall won his final tournament in 1975 at the Greater Milwaukee Open when he was 51 years and 7 months old.

Sam Snead

Sam Snead Sam Snead in 1962 at The Walton Heath Golf Club in Walton on the Hill, United Kingdom. Photo by Don Morley/Getty Images

Sam Snead won his 82nd and final PGA Tour victory when he was nearly 53 years old in the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open. Snead won the inaugural event in 1938 and then won it again six more times over the years. By 1965, it had been four years since Snead won on Tour. At 52 years, 10 months and 8 days, Snead still holds the mark for oldest player to win. The 27-year stretch between his first and last win is also still the PGA Tour record.

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