Miller Barber passed away on Tuesday night at the age of 82, according to multiple reports.
Barber, known as “Mr. X” for his mysterious nature, won 11 times on the PGA Tour and another 24 times on what became the Champions Tour, including five major championships on the 50-plus circuit. He was the first player to truly dominate his senior peers, becoming eligible for the Champions Tour a year after it was formally established.
Louisiana born, Barber enjoyed his greatest season in 1969, winning once on the PGA Tour and finishing in the top 10 in all four majors that year and landing a spot on the Ryder Cup team.
Barber is perhaps known most affectionately for his looping golf swing, which a pro once described by saying, “It looks as if his golf club gets caught in a clothesline.”
The awkward swing served Barber well, however, as he truly is golf’s Iron Man, holding the record for the most combined starts between the PGA Tour and Champions Tour with 1,297 total appearances (694 PGA Tour and 603 Champions Tour).