John Barnum

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John Barnum
Personal information
Full nameJohn O. Barnum
Born(1911-10-06)October 6, 1911
DiedOctober 30, 1996(1996-10-30) (aged 85)
Nationality United States
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins13
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipT16: 1958
U.S. OpenT31: 1950
The Open ChampionshipDNP

John O. Barnum (October 6, 1911 – October 30, 1996) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1950s and 1960s.

Barnum is notable for two significant milestones in golf. He was the second golfer (after Jim Barnes), and one of only seven, ever to win a PGA Tour event after turning 50, and the only player to win his first PGA Tour event past the age of 50.[1] The other significant milestone is that Barnum was the first player to win a PGA Tour event using a Ping putter.[2] His best finish in a major was T-16 at the 1958 PGA Championship.[3]

Barnum won five Michigan PGA Senior titles, and was runner-up three times in the PGA Seniors' Championship (1963, 1964, 1966).[4] He was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 1972,[5] and elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in 1984.[4]

Amateur wins (2)[edit]

  • 1939 Mexican Amateur
  • 1940 Mexican Amateur

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Nov 11, 1962 Cajun Classic Open Invitational –14 (68-70-63-69=270) 6 strokes United States Gay Brewer

Other wins[edit]

Senior wins[edit]

  • Five Michigan PGA Senior Championships


  1. ^ "Oldest PGA Tour winners". Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  2. ^ Dear, Tony. "Keeping it in the Family". Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  3. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  4. ^ a b "Biographical information from Michigan Golf Foundation". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
  5. ^ "Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2008-01-10.