|— Golfer —|
|Full name||James Martin Barnes|
April 8, 1886|
Lelant, Cornwall, England
|Died||May 24, 1966
East Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Spouse||Carolyn Mary Barnes|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour||21 (tied 29th all time)|
|Best results in Major Championships
|U.S. Open||Won 1921|
|The Open Championship||Won 1925|
|PGA Championship||Won: 1916, 1919|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||1989 (member page)|
James Martin Barnes (April 8, 1886 – May 24, 1966) was a leading figure in the early years of professional golf in the United States.
Born in Lelant, Cornwall, England, Barnes was like many golfers of his era, and worked as a caddie and a club-maker's apprentice while growing up. He moved to the United States and turned professional in 1906, but never became an American citizen. He arrived in San Francisco, and later worked in Vancouver, British Columbia, Spokane and Tacoma, Washington, and then at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. From 1923–1926, he was resident professional at the Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club in Temple Terrace, Florida, which hosted the 1925 Florida Open (dubbed "The Greatest Field of Golfers Ever to Play in Florida") as well as the 1926 Florida Open with over one hundred contestants and a $5,000 cash prize. In 1925–26 his good friend and fellow golfer Fred McLeod wintered with him and they worked with James Kelly Thomson from North Berwick.
Barnes was also known as "Long Jim" for his height of 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m). He later moved west to the Oakland, California area, where he resided for many years. Barnes authored several books on golf technique, and died at age 80 in East Orange, New Jersey.
Barnes won four majors:
Barnes' two PGA titles were the first in the event; there was no tournament in 1917 or 1918 because of World War I. His winning margin in the 1921 U.S. Open was nine strokes, a record which was not broken until Tiger Woods won by 15 strokes in 2000.
Barnes was one of the most prolific tournament winners of the first few seasons of the PGA Tour, which was also founded in 1916. He won 21 times on the tour in total. In 1940, Barnes was honored as one of the 12 golfers to be inducted in the PGA's inaugural Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.
PGA Tour wins (21)
- 1916 (3) North and South Open, Connecticut Open, PGA Championship
- 1917 (2) Western Open, Philadelphia Open Championship
- 1919 (5) North and South Open, Shawnee Open, Western Open, PGA Championship, Southern Open
- 1920 (1) Shawnee Open
- 1921 (4) Deland Open, Florida Open, U.S. Open, Main Line Open
- 1922 (1) California Open Championship
- 1923 (1) Corpus Christi Open
- 1925 (1) British Open
- 1926 (1) Mid-Winter Tournament
- 1930 (1) Cape Cod Open
- 1937 (1) Long Island Open
Major championships are shown in bold.
this list may be incomplete
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner(s)-up|
|1916||PGA Championship||n/a||1 up||n/a||Jock Hutchison|
|1919||PGA Championship (2)||n/a||6 & 5||n/a||Fred McLeod|
|1921||U.S. Open||7 shot lead||+9 (69-75-73-72=289)||9 strokes||Walter Hagen, Fred McLeod|
|1925||The Open Championship||5 shot deficit||70-74-79-74=300||1 stroke||Archie Compston, Ted Ray|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||NT||NT||NT|
|The Open Championship||T5||T7||T2||DNP||T7||1||T14||T13||T6||T7|
|The Open Championship||T6||DNP||DNP|
Note: Barnes never played in the Masters Tournament.
NYF = Tournament not yet founded
NT = No tournament
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
DNQ = Did not qualify for match play portion
R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
- Kalb, Elliott (2006). "Jim Barnes: The Forgotten Champion". Who's better, who's best in golf?: Mr. Stats sets the record straight on the Top 50 Golfers of All Time. McGraw-Hill. pp. 159–63. ISBN 0-07-146977-X. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
- Missildine, Harry (May 29, 1966). "Barnes was giant in his day". Spokesman-Review. p. 1-sports. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
- "1925 Jim Barnes". The Open. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- World Golf Hall of Fame profile
- PGA Museum of Golf: Hall of Fame – member profiles
- Temple Terrace Golf and Country Club