Golf's oldest winners on Tour

Davis Love III is the third oldest winner on the PGA Tour

Davis Love III at the Wyndham Championship. Credit: Kevin C. Cox (Getty)
(Image credit: Kevin C. Cox)

Following Davis Love III's Wyndham Championship victory at the age of 51, we take a look at the oldest winners on the PGA and European Tours.

For three rounds at the 2015 Wyndham Championship, it was all about Tiger Woods.

Yet, it was another player who many would tell you  is also too old to compete with the younger players that took the headlines. Davis Love III, at the age of 51, is a PGA Tour winner again.

A final round of 64 ensured the incoming Ryder Cup captain beat Jason Gore to the trophy in North Carolina by one shot. It was a victory for headline writers as much as Love himself.

It may surprise you to know that Love isn't actually the oldest winner on the PGA Tour. He's not even the second oldest.

Here's a brief look at golf's oldest winners from both the PGA and European Tours...


PGA Tour

1. Sam Snead - 1965 Greater Greensboro Open - 52 years, 10 months, 8 days

The man who famously won every major except the US Open could count the '65 Greater Greensboro Open as one of the more significant wins of his record 82 on the PGA Tour.

Sam Snead at the 2001 Masters. Credit: Stephen Munday/AllSPORT/Getty

Sam Snead at the 2001 Masters. Credit: Stephen Munday/AllSPORT/Getty


2. Art Wall - 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open - 51 years, 7 months, 10 days

Pennsylvania-born Wall hadn't won a PGA Tour title since 1966 when he claimed the Greater Milwaukee Open trophy by one stroke.


3. Davis Love III - 2015 Wyndham Championship - 51 years, 4 months

Everyone was so focused on Tiger Woods winning his first Tour title in two years that nobody saw Love slip in through the back door. The chances are that he'll have won a tournament more recently than many of his American Ryder Cup team next year.



European Tour

1. Miguel Angel Jimenez - 2014 Hong Kong Open - 49 years, 337 days

The enigmatic Spaniard is a rare example of a sportsman who mixes character with world class ability. His win in Hong Kong last year was his 21st on the European Tour and the fourth time he had won the tournament.

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2. Miguel Angel Jimenez - 2012 UBS Hong Kong Open - 48 years, 318 days

His 12th tournament win since turning 40 was just the icing on the cake for Jimenez, who hadn't won for two years before his third victory in Hong Kong.

3. Des Smyth - 2001 Madeira Island Open - 48 years, 34 days

The Irishman won by two strokes in Portugal to hold a record that would last 12 years. It was his first win on the European Tour for eight years.

Will Medlock graduated from UEA with a degree in Film and Television before completing a Masters in Sports Journalism at St Mary's in London. Will has had work published by The Independent and the Rugby Paper.