Miller Barber

Miller Barber
Miller Barber
Personal information
Nickname Mr. X
Born March 31, 1931 (1931-03-31) (age 80)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
College University of Arkansas
Turned professional 1958
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 40
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 11
Champions Tour 24
Other 1 (regular)
4 (senior)
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament 7th: 1969
U.S. Open 6th/T6: 1969, 1970
The Open Championship 10th: 1969
PGA Championship T4: 1971

Miller Barber (born March 31, 1931) is an American professional golfer who enjoyed significant success on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 1970s, and a greater degree of success on the Senior PGA Tour (now the Champions Tour) in the 1980s.



Barber was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1954, turned professional four years later, and won his first PGA Tour event in 1964. He notched up eleven tour wins in total, but did not win a major championship. The closest he came was in 1969 at the U.S. Open at Houston, where he held a three-shot lead over the field after three rounds, but shot 78 in the last round to finish three shots behind winner Orville Moody. He played on the Ryder Cup team in 1969 and 1971, and in the latter year was ranked sixth on the McCormack rankings.

In 1973, Barber won the longest regulation tournament in PGA Tour history. The World Open Golf Championship played at Pinehurst Country Club was a 144-hole affair. Barber won it by three strokes over Ben Crenshaw.

Barber became eligible to play on the Senior PGA Tour around a year after it was founded. He was one of the dominant players on the tour throughout the 1980s, competing on even terms with players who had had much more distinguished earlier careers, such as Lee Trevino and Arnold Palmer. His 24 wins on the Tour included five senior majors, three of them U.S. Senior Opens.

As of September 25, 2009, Barber held the record for combined PGA Tour and Champions Tour starts at 1292.[1]

Barber played with an unusual looped backswing / downswing, but squared up very consistently through impact; several other PGA Tour players, including Jim Furyk, have had success with similar methods.

Professional wins (40)

PGA Tour wins (11)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
1 Nov 22, 1964 Cajun Classic Open Invitational -7 (72-70-68-67=277) 5 strokes United States Gay Brewer, United States Jack Nicklaus
2 May 28, 1967 Oklahoma City Open Invitational -10 (70-72-68-68=278) Playoff South Africa Gary Player
3 Apr 28, 1968 Byron Nelson Golf Classic -10 (67-68-65-70=270) 1 stroke United States Kermit Zarley
4 Jan 17, 1969 Kaiser International Open Invitational -9 (68-67=135) 1 stroke Australia Bruce Devlin
5 Apr 20, 1970 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational -10 (68-71-69-70=278) Playoff New Zealand Bob Charles, United States Howie Johnson
6 Jan 24, 1971 Phoenix Open Invitational -23 (65-64-67-65=261) 2 strokes United States Billy Casper, United States Dan Sikes
7 Jan 23, 1972 Dean Martin Tucson Open -15 (68-73-67-65=273) Playoff United States George Archer
8 Nov 17, 1973 World Open Golf Championship +2 (68-74-73-74-67-73-72-69=570) 3 strokes United States Ben Crenshaw
9 Sep 22, 1974 Ohio Kings Island Open -7 (68-68-69-72=277) 3 strokes United States George Johnson
10 Oct 2, 1977 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic -16 (71-66-70-65=272) 2 strokes United States George Archer
11 Jan 15, 1978 Phoenix Open -12 (68-69-70-65=272) 1 stroke United States Jerry Pate, United States Lee Trevino

PGA Tour playoff record (3-4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1964 Pensacola Open United States Arnold Palmer, South Africa Gary Player Lost 18-hole playoff (Player:71, Palmer:72, Barber:74)
2 1967 Oklahoma City Open South Africa Gary Player Won with birdie on third extra hole
3 1970 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational New Zealand Bob Charles, United States Howie Johnson Won with birdie on second extra hole
4 1972 Dean Martin Tucson Open United States George Archer Won with birdie on third extra hole after 18-hole playoff (Archer:72, Barber:72)
5 1973 Greater New Orleans Open United States Jack Nicklaus Lost to birdie on second extra hole
6 1973 Liggett Meyers Open United States Bert Greene Lost to birdie on fifth extra hole
7 1976 San Antonio Texas Open United States Butch Baird Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (1)

Senior PGA Tour wins (24)

  • 1981 (3) Peter Jackson Champions, Suntree Seniors Classic, PGA Seniors' Championship
  • 1982 (3) U.S. Senior Open, Suntree Classic, Hilton Head Seniors International (tie with Dan Sikes)
  • 1983 (4) Senior Tournament Players Championship, Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am, United Virginia Bank Seniors, Hilton Head Seniors International
  • 1984 (4) Roy Clark/Skoal Bandit Senior Challenge, U.S. Senior Open, Greater Syracuse Senior's Pro Classic, Denver Post Champions of Golf
  • 1985 (3) Sunrise Senior Classic, U.S. Senior Open, PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational
  • 1986 (1) MONY Senior Tournament of Champions
  • 1987 (2) Showdown Classic, Newport Cup
  • 1988 (2) Showdown Classic, Fairfield Barnett Classic
  • 1989 (2) MONY Senior Tournament of Champions, Vintage Chrysler Invitational

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (4)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
U.S. Open CUT 22 CUT DNP T32 T26 T18 T24 T6
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 10
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DQ T34 DNP T8 T5
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Masters T21 CUT CUT T43 T15 T26 DNP DNP T24 T12
U.S. Open 6 59 T29 T25 DNP T24 T38 CUT T35 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T4 T16 T24 T60 DNP T51 T25 DNP T28
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T65 CUT T34 DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
DQ = Disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Champions Tour major championships

Wins (5)

Year Championship Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
1981 PGA Seniors' Championship −7 (68−72−68−73=281) 2 strokes United States Arnold Palmer
1982 U.S. Senior Open −2 (72−74−71−65=282) 4 strokes United States Gene Littler, United States Dan Sikes
1983 Senior Players Championship −10 (71−69−70−68=278) 1 stroke United States Gene Littler
1984 U.S. Senior Open (2) +6 (74−71−70−71=286) 2 strokes United States Arnold Palmer
1985 U.S. Senior Open(3) −3 (71−72−71−71=285) 4 strokes Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo

U.S. national team appearances


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