Meet the Oldest Living Masters Champion

Published 12/31/2021, 3:30 PM EST


The 2022 Masters tournament starts on April 4th. Although it is four months away, the oldest living major champion, Jack Burke Jr. shares something common with the tournament on this particular day.

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Jack Burke Jr. is a 98-year-old American professional golfer. Coincidently, the Masters Tournament of 2022 will begin in exactly 98 days from today. Scott Michaux, a sports journalist, found this coincidence and posted the same on his Twitter account.

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In the post, Michaux also added an old and a recent photograph of Jack Burke Jr. along with some of the names of other living legends and major champions like Bob Goalby, Dow Finsterwald & Don January.

The legacy of Jack Burke Jr.

Jack Burke Jr. was born on January 29, 1923. He served for the US Marine Corps at the time of World War II. The 98-year-old living legend is not a regular old guy; he still plays golf in his free time.

Burke Jr. is the son of Jack Burke Sr., who was also a professional golfer. His wife, Robin Burke, is a former Curtis Cup captain.

Jack Burke Jr. has won 16 PGA Tours, including two majors; He won the Masters and the PGA Championship in 1956.

Jack co-founded the Champions Golf Club along with three-time Masters champion Jimmy Demaret in 1957. The Champions Golf Club has hosted many major events, including the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open, 1969 U.S. Open, 1967 Ryder Cup, 5 PGA Tour Championships, etc.

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Although Burke Jr. sold the Club to his son in 2021, he wishes to be a part of it until he dies. He still serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the Club will pay him an annual salary for the rest of his life.

Burke Jr. wants Tiger to leave money for him?

Jack Burke is not acquainted with many young players. But having been a club owner for so long, he knows his fair share of people; Tiger Woods is one of them.

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Tiger and Jack share a locker in the Champions Club. He said in an interview that he leaves a note for Tiger to leave some money for his locker partner.

Burke is also friends with Phil Mickelson. The two became closer after Mickelson wanted help from Jack with his putting stroke.

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Jack Burke Jr. is an example for his successor generations on how to live life to the fullest. He did not just live a long life, but taught us how to enjoy life by doing what we love.

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

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