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, there are now eight who 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 and, at the 2021 PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson.
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. Mickelson’s PGA win made him the oldest major champion.
Here’s a look at those eight players.
Golfweek’s Steve DiMeglio contributed to this article.
50 years, 1 month, 18 days
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.
50 years, 8 months, 11 days
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.
50 years, 11 months, 7 days
Clobbering Father Time, bullying big bad Brooks Koepka and getting the better of Pete Dye’s bruiser hard by the sea, Phil Mickelson etched his name in golf’s historical record Sunday with a staggering victory in the 103rd PGA Championship. While doubters waited for Mickelson to falter, seeing as he hadn’t won since 2019, hadn’t had a top 10 finish in a major since 2016 and recently sought out meditation to deal with focus issues, he didn’t lose his concentration nor his balance during a rollercoaster round on the harsh, windswept Ocean Course at Kiawah Island to become the oldest men’s major champion.
51 years, 1 month, 5 days
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.
51 years, 3 months, 7 days
When he 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
51 years, 4 months, 10 days
DL3 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.
51 years, 7 months, 10 days
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.
52 years, 10 months, 8 days
The oldest player to win a PGA Tour event. He won his 82nd and final 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.