- Miller Barber
Miller Barber Personal information Nickname Mr. X Born March 31, 1931
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st) Nationality United States Career College University of Arkansas Turned professional 1958 Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 40 Number of wins by tour PGA Tour 11 Champions Tour 24 Other 1 (regular)
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.
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
Runner(s)-up 1 Nov 22, 1964 Cajun Classic Open Invitational -7 (72-70-68-67=277) 5 strokes Gay Brewer, Jack Nicklaus 2 May 28, 1967 Oklahoma City Open Invitational -10 (70-72-68-68=278) Playoff Gary Player 3 Apr 28, 1968 Byron Nelson Golf Classic -10 (67-68-65-70=270) 1 stroke Kermit Zarley 4 Jan 17, 1969 Kaiser International Open Invitational -9 (68-67=135) 1 stroke Bruce Devlin 5 Apr 20, 1970 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational -10 (68-71-69-70=278) Playoff Bob Charles, Howie Johnson 6 Jan 24, 1971 Phoenix Open Invitational -23 (65-64-67-65=261) 2 strokes Billy Casper, Dan Sikes 7 Jan 23, 1972 Dean Martin Tucson Open -15 (68-73-67-65=273) Playoff George Archer 8 Nov 17, 1973 World Open Golf Championship +2 (68-74-73-74-67-73-72-69=570) 3 strokes Ben Crenshaw 9 Sep 22, 1974 Ohio Kings Island Open -7 (68-68-69-72=277) 3 strokes George Johnson 10 Oct 2, 1977 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic -16 (71-66-70-65=272) 2 strokes George Archer 11 Jan 15, 1978 Phoenix Open -12 (68-69-70-65=272) 1 stroke Jerry Pate, Lee Trevino
PGA Tour playoff record (3-4)
No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result 1 1964 Pensacola Open Arnold Palmer, Gary Player Lost 18-hole playoff (Player:71, Palmer:72, Barber:74) 2 1967 Oklahoma City Open Gary Player Won with birdie on third extra hole 3 1970 Greater New Orleans Open Invitational Bob Charles, Howie Johnson Won with birdie on second extra hole 4 1972 Dean Martin Tucson Open George Archer Won with birdie on third extra hole after 18-hole playoff (Archer:72, Barber:72) 5 1973 Greater New Orleans Open Jack Nicklaus Lost to birdie on second extra hole 6 1973 Liggett Meyers Open Bert Greene Lost to birdie on fifth extra hole 7 1976 San Antonio Texas Open Butch Baird Lost to birdie on first extra hole
Other wins (1)
- 1962 Metropolitan Open
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)
- 1985 Shootout at Jeremy Ranch (with Ben Crenshaw)
- 1987 Mazda Champions (with Nancy Lopez)
- 2002 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with Jim Ferree)
- 2003 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf - Demaret Division (with Jim Ferree)
Results in major championships
Tournament 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T12 7 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 The Open Championship CUT T60 DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP PGA Championship CUT T4 T16 T24 T60 DNP T51 T25 DNP T28 Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 The Masters CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP CUT 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
Year Championship Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up 1981 PGA Seniors' Championship −7 (68−72−68−73=281) 2 strokes Arnold Palmer 1982 U.S. Senior Open −2 (72−74−71−65=282) 4 strokes Gene Littler, Dan Sikes 1983 Senior Players Championship −10 (71−69−70−68=278) 1 stroke Gene Littler 1984 U.S. Senior Open (2) +6 (74−71−70−71=286) 2 strokes Arnold Palmer 1985 U.S. Senior Open(3) −3 (71−72−71−71=285) 4 strokes Roberto De Vicenzo
U.S. national team appearances
- Golfers with most PGA Tour wins
- Golfers with most Champions Tour wins
- Golfers with most Champions Tour major championship wins
Miller Barber in the Ryder Cup United States Ryder Cup team – 1969 United States Ryder Cup team – 1971
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