The oldest golf major winners
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The oldest golf major winners

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Phil Mickelson looks to become one of the oldest golf major winners in the history of the game at the 2016 British Open Championship.

However, if Mickelson were to pull off winning a sixth major and a second Claret Jug, he wouldn't be either the oldest major winner in golf history or even the oldest British Open winner.


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At 46 years, 1 month, 1 day old, Mickelson could become the second oldest winner of the Claret Jug, 65 days younger than Old Tom Morris when he won the 1867 Open Championship at Prestwick in Scotland.

Julius Boros is the oldest golf major winner, taking the 1968 PGA Championship at 48 years, 4 months, 18 days, beating Arnold Palmer and Bob Charles by a shot at Pecan Valley Golf Club in Texas.

Oldest golf major championship winners

  1. Julius Boros, 1968 PGA Championship (Pecan Valley, Texas): 48 years, 4 months, 18 days
  2. Old Tom Morris, 1867 British Open (Prestwick, Scotland): 46 years, 3 months, 9 days
  3. Jack Nicklaus, 1986 Masters (Augusta National, Ga.): 46 years, 2 months, 23 days
  4. Jerry Barber, 1961 PGA Championship (Olympia Fielda, Ill.): 45 Years, 3 months, 6 days
  5. Hale Irwin, 1990 U.S. Open (Medinah, Ill.): 45 years, 15 days
  6. Lee Trevino, 1984 PGA Championship (Shoal Creek, Ala.): 44 years, 8 months, 18 days
  7. Roberto de Vicenzo, 1967 British Open (Royal Liverpool, England): 44 years, 3 months, 3 days
  8. Harry Vardon, 1914 British Open (Prestwick, Scotland): 44 years, 41 days
  9. Raymond Floyd, 1986 U.S. Open (Shinnecock Hills, N.Y.): 43 years, 9 months, 11 days
  10. Ted Ray, 1920 U.S. Open (Inverness Club, Ohio): 43 years, 4 months, 16 days

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