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Miller Barber
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameMiller Westford Barber, Jr.
NicknameMr. X
Born(1931-03-31)March 31, 1931
Shreveport, Louisiana
DiedJune 11, 2013(2013-06-11) (aged 82)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeUniversity of Arkansas
Turned professional1958
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins41
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour11
Champions Tour24
Other1 (regular)
5 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament7th: 1969
U.S. Open6th/T6: 1969, 1970
The Open Championship10th: 1969
PGA ChampionshipT4: 1971
 
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Miller Barber
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameMiller Westford Barber, Jr.
NicknameMr. X
Born(1931-03-31)March 31, 1931
Shreveport, Louisiana
DiedJune 11, 2013(2013-06-11) (aged 82)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeUniversity of Arkansas
Turned professional1958
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins41
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour11
Champions Tour24
Other1 (regular)
5 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament7th: 1969
U.S. Open6th/T6: 1969, 1970
The Open Championship10th: 1969
PGA ChampionshipT4: 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.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Nov 22, 1964Cajun Classic Open Invitational−7 (72-70-68-67=277)5 strokesUnited States Gay Brewer, United States Jack Nicklaus
2May 28, 1967Oklahoma City Open Invitational−10 (70-72-68-68=278)PlayoffSouth Africa Gary Player
3Apr 28, 1968Byron Nelson Golf Classic−10 (67-68-65-70=270)1 strokeUnited States Kermit Zarley
4Jan 20, 1969Kaiser International Open Invitational−9 (68-67=135)1 strokeAustralia Bruce Devlin
5Apr 20, 1970Greater New Orleans Open Invitational−10 (68-71-69-70=278)PlayoffNew Zealand Bob Charles, United States Howie Johnson
6Jan 24, 1971Phoenix Open Invitational−23 (65-64-67-65=261)2 strokesUnited States Billy Casper, United States Dan Sikes
7Jan 23, 1972Dean Martin Tucson Open−15 (68-73-67-65=273)PlayoffUnited States George Archer
8Nov 17, 1973World Open Golf Championship+2 (68-74-73-74-67-73-72-69=570)3 strokesUnited States Ben Crenshaw
9Sep 22, 1974Ohio Kings Island Open−7 (68-68-69-72=277)3 strokesUnited States George Johnson
10Oct 2, 1977Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic−16 (71-66-70-65=272)2 strokesUnited States George Archer
11Jan 15, 1978Phoenix Open−12 (68-69-70-65=272)1 strokeUnited States Jerry Pate, United States Lee Trevino

PGA Tour playoff record (3–4)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11964Pensacola OpenUnited States Arnold Palmer, South Africa Gary PlayerLost 18-hole playoff (Player:71, Palmer:72, Barber:74)
21967Oklahoma City OpenSouth Africa Gary PlayerWon with birdie on third extra hole
31970Greater New Orleans Open InvitationalNew Zealand Bob Charles, United States Howie JohnsonWon with birdie on second extra hole
41972Dean Martin Tucson OpenUnited States George ArcherWon with birdie on third extra hole after 18-hole playoff (Archer:72, Barber:72)
51973Greater New Orleans OpenUnited States Jack NicklausLost to birdie on second extra hole
61973Liggett & Myers OpenUnited States Bert GreeneLost to birdie on fifth extra hole
71976San Antonio Texas OpenUnited States Butch BairdLost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (24)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Jun 14, 1981Peter Jackson Champions−12 (67-68-69=204)PlayoffUnited States Gene Littler
2Oct 18, 1981Suntree Seniors Classic−12 (68-71-65=204)4 strokesUnited States Bob Goalby
3Dec 6, 1981PGA Seniors' Championship−7 (68-72-68-73=281)2 strokesUnited States Arnold Palmer
4Jul 11, 1982U.S. Senior Open−2 (72-74-71-65=282)4 strokesUnited States Gene Littler, United States Dan Sikes
5Oct 17, 1982Suntree Classic−24 (66-66-66-66=264)5 strokesUnited States Don January
6Oct 24, 1982Hilton Head Seniors International−6 (69-69=138)Tie[1]United States Dan Sikes
7Jun 12, 1983Senior Tournament Players Championship−10 (71-69-70-68=278)1 strokeUnited States Gene Littler
8Jul 17, 1983Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am−16 (65-66-69=200)5 strokesUnited States Gay Brewer
9Oct 2, 1983United Virginia Bank Seniors−5 (68-71-72=211)1 strokeArgentina Roberto De Vicenzo, United States Rod Funseth, United States Don January
10Oct 23, 1983Hilton Head Seniors International−7 (72-69-71-69=281)3 strokesUnited States Gay Brewer, United States Jim Ferree, United States Gene Littler
11Jun 17, 1984Roy Clark/Skoal Bandit Senior Challenge−1 (71-73-68=212)1 strokeUnited States Don January, Australia Peter Thomson
12Jul 1, 1984U.S. Senior Open+6 (74-71-70-71=286)2 strokesUnited States Arnold Palmer
13Jul 8, 1984Greater Syracuse Senior's Pro Classic−10 (69-70-67=206)3 strokesUnited States Rod Funseth
14Sep 12, 1984Denver Post Champions of Golf−8 (68-70-70=208)3 strokesUnited States Gay Brewer
15Feb 10, 1985Sunrise Senior Classic−5 (76-66-69=211)1 strokeUnited States Orville Moody
16Jun 30, 1985U.S. Senior Open−3 (71-72-71-71=285)4 strokesArgentina Roberto De Vicenzo
17Sep 22, 1985PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational−11 (72-67-67-71=277)2 strokesUnited States Gay Brewer
18Jan 11, 1986MONY Senior Tournament of Champions−6 (70-70-70-72=282)5 strokesUnited States Arnold Palmer
19Aug 30, 1987Showdown Classic−6 (71-67-72=210)1 strokeAustralia Bruce Crampton
20Sep 27, 1987Newport Cup−14 (67-70-65=202)2 strokesAustralia Bruce Crampton
21Ju1 18, 1988Showdown Classic−9 (70-67-70=207)2 strokesUnited States Orville Moody, United States Dick Rhyan, United States Ben Smith
22Nov 13, 1988Fairfield Barnett Classic−19 (64-65-68=197)5 strokesUnited States Homero Blancas
23Jan 8, 1989MONY Senior Tournament of Champions−8 (73-67-68-72=280)1 strokeUnited States Dale Douglass
24Mar 5, 1989Vintage Chrysler Invitational−7 (70-70-72-69=281)1 strokeUnited 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.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11981Peter Jackson ChampionsUnited States Gene LittlerWon with par on first extra hole
21986Bank One Senior Golf ClassicUnited States Bob Goalby, United States Gene LittlerLittler 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]

Tournament196119621963196419651966196719681969
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT127
U.S. OpenCUT22CUTDNPT32T26T18T24T6
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP10
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDQT34DNPT8T5
Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentT21CUTCUTT43T15T26DNPDNPT24T12
U.S. Open659T29T25DNPT24T38CUTT35CUT
The Open ChampionshipCUTT60DNPDNPCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTT4T16T24T60DNPT51T25DNPT28
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986
Masters TournamentCUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPCUTDNPDNPCUT
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT65CUTT34DNPDNPDNPDNP

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]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament000016118
U.S. Open0000271913
The Open Championship00001142
PGA Championship0002361512
Totals00027204935

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (5)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner(s)-up
1981PGA Seniors' Championship−7 (68-72-68-73=281)2 strokesUnited States Arnold Palmer
1982U.S. Senior Open−2 (72-74-71-65=282)4 strokesUnited States Gene Littler, United States Dan Sikes
1983Senior Players Championship−10 (71-69-70-68=278)1 strokeUnited States Gene Littler
1984U.S. Senior Open (2)+6 (74-71-70-71=286)2 strokesUnited States Arnold Palmer
1985U.S. Senior Open(3)−3 (71-72-71-71=285)4 strokesArgentina Roberto De Vicenzo

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]