As Tom Watson looks to become the 2018 Senior British Open champion at 68 years old, the natural question is to wonder who is the oldest winner of a professional golf tournament on any major tour. We’re looking at the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions, Web.com Tour, LPGA Tour, Legends Tour, European Tour and Staysure Tour when talking about this honor. Frankly, older folks don’t even bother with the Web.com Tour.
The oldest winner of a professional golf tournament on these major tours is Mike Fetchick, who won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational on his 63rd birthday. The next-oldest winner is Jay Haas, who won the 2016 Toshiba Classic at 62 years, 10 months and 7 days old.
The oldest winner of PGA Tour event is Sam Snead who was 52 years, 10 months and 8 days old when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open.
The oldest winner of a European Tour event is Miguel Angel Jimenez, who has set his own record several times. However, his most-recent European Tour win was at 50 years, 133 days old when he won the 2014 Open de Espana.
The oldest winner of an LPGA Tour event is Beth Daniel, as she was 46 years, 8 months and 29 days old when she won the 2003 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open.
Were Tom Watson to win the 2018 Senior British Open, then, he would be golf’s oldest champion on any significant tour by more than 5 years. Incredible!