Miller Barber

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Miller Barber
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Miller Westford Barber, Jr.
Nickname Mr. X
Born (1931-03-31)March 31, 1931
Shreveport, Louisiana
Died June 11, 2013(2013-06-11) (aged 82)
Scottsdale, Arizona
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
Champions Tour
Professional wins 41
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 11
Champions Tour 24
Other 1 (regular)
5 (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 Westford Barber, Jr. (March 31, 1931 – June 11, 2013) was 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.

Career[edit]

Barber was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.[1] He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1954, turned professional four years later, and won his first PGA Tour event in 1964. He earned 11 career tour wins, 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. Also in 1969, Barber entered the final round of the Masters Tournament two shots out of the lead and was paired in Sunday's final group but shot a final round 74 to finish 7th. 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 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.

Barber holds the record for combined PGA Tour and Champions Tour starts at 1,297.[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.

Death[edit]

Barber died June 11, 2013 at the age of 82 of lymphoma in Scottsdale, Arizona.[1][2] Barber was survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen,[3] and sons Larry and Richard and stepsons Casey, Doug, Brad.[4][5]

Professional wins (41)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (11)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
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 20, 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 & Myers 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)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (24)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jun 14, 1981 Peter Jackson Champions −12 (67-68-69=204) Playoff United States Gene Littler
2 Oct 18, 1981 Suntree Seniors Classic −12 (68-71-65=204) 4 strokes United States Bob Goalby
3 Dec 6, 1981 PGA Seniors' Championship −7 (68-72-68-73=281) 2 strokes United States Arnold Palmer
4 Jul 11, 1982 U.S. Senior Open −2 (72-74-71-65=282) 4 strokes United States Gene Littler, United States Dan Sikes
5 Oct 17, 1982 Suntree Classic −24 (66-66-66-66=264) 5 strokes United States Don January
6 Oct 24, 1982 Hilton Head Seniors International −6 (69-69=138) Tie[1] United States Dan Sikes
7 Jun 12, 1983 Senior Tournament Players Championship −10 (71-69-70-68=278) 1 stroke United States Gene Littler
8 Jul 17, 1983 Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am −16 (65-66-69=200) 5 strokes United States Gay Brewer
9 Oct 2, 1983 United Virginia Bank Seniors −5 (68-71-72=211) 1 stroke Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo, United States Rod Funseth, United States Don January
10 Oct 23, 1983 Hilton Head Seniors International −7 (72-69-71-69=281) 3 strokes United States Gay Brewer, United States Jim Ferree, United States Gene Littler
11 Jun 17, 1984 Roy Clark/Skoal Bandit Senior Challenge −1 (71-73-68=212) 1 stroke United States Don January, Australia Peter Thomson
12 Jul 1, 1984 U.S. Senior Open +6 (74-71-70-71=286) 2 strokes United States Arnold Palmer
13 Jul 8, 1984 Greater Syracuse Senior's Pro Classic −10 (69-70-67=206) 3 strokes United States Rod Funseth
14 Sep 12, 1984 Denver Post Champions of Golf −8 (68-70-70=208) 3 strokes United States Gay Brewer
15 Feb 10, 1985 Sunrise Senior Classic −5 (76-66-69=211) 1 stroke United States Orville Moody
16 Jun 30, 1985 U.S. Senior Open −3 (71-72-71-71=285) 4 strokes Argentina Roberto De Vicenzo
17 Sep 22, 1985 PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational −11 (72-67-67-71=277) 2 strokes United States Gay Brewer
18 Jan 11, 1986 MONY Senior Tournament of Champions −6 (70-70-70-72=282) 5 strokes United States Arnold Palmer
19 Aug 30, 1987 Showdown Classic −6 (71-67-72=210) 1 stroke Australia Bruce Crampton
20 Sep 27, 1987 Newport Cup −14 (67-70-65=202) 2 strokes Australia Bruce Crampton
21 Ju1 18, 1988 Showdown Classic −9 (70-67-70=207) 2 strokes United States Orville Moody, United States Dick Rhyan, United States Ben Smith
22 Nov 13, 1988 Fairfield Barnett Classic −19 (64-65-68=197) 5 strokes United States Homero Blancas
23 Jan 8, 1989 MONY Senior Tournament of Champions −8 (73-67-68-72=280) 1 stroke United States Dale Douglass
24 Mar 5, 1989 Vintage Chrysler Invitational −7 (70-70-72-69=281) 1 stroke United States Don Bies, New Zealand Bob Charles, United States Larry Mowry

1 The 1982 Hilton Head Seniors International was shortened to 36 holes due to inclement weather. Barber and Dan Sikes were declared co-champions.

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1981 Peter Jackson Champions United States Gene Littler Won with par on first extra hole
2 1986 Bank One Senior Golf Classic United States Bob Goalby, United States Gene Littler Littler won with par on third extra hole
Goalby eliminated with par on first hole

Senior majors are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (5)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament 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
Masters Tournament 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
Masters Tournament 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
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 6 11 8
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 2 7 19 13
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 2 3 6 15 12
Totals 0 0 0 2 7 20 49 35
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (1966 U.S. Open – 1970 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (1968 PGA – 1969 PGA)

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (5)[edit]

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[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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