Who is the Oldest Player to Make a Cut on the PGA Tour?

Published 10/30/2021, 10:55 AM EDT


The PGA Tour has witnessed the birth of all sorts of legends. Some scripted history for their contributions to the game, some came and stunned us, but never quite asserted their place. However, some belonged to the rare category that took their mega achievements to another level.

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After the age of 50, the elite golfers qualify for the PGA Tour of champions. However, they still own the option to participate on the younger tour if they wish to. But amidst stiffer competition, not many succeed in making the final cut.

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So, let’s take a look at the oldest golfer who went to the length and showed crazy longevity on PGA Tours.

Sam Snead tops the unique list of PGA Tour legends

Sam Snead was undoubtedly one of the greatest golfers in the world. He ruled the golfing world for almost three decades and won PGA tours on 82 ocassions, tied for the highest with Tiger Woods. He won his first title in 1936, and his last in 1965. However, the Slammin’ Sammy continued to remain an active golfer until the end of the century, hitting the honorary starting tee shot at the Masters from 1984 to 2002.

At the Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic in 1979, Snead was a little over 67 years. He finished 74 and became the oldest golfer to make the cut and his record remains till date. Meanwhile, Jack Renner went on to win the tournament. In addition, Snead was also the oldest winner on the PGA Tour in 1965, but was soon overtaken.

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Who are the top-10 on the list?

The list is an interesting one. Barring Sam Snead, all the other golfers featured on the list are for their 2022 participation. Moreover, the late legend has a whopping 16 years over the second on the listing. Next name on the coveted list is Phil Mickelson, who was 51-years-old when he T-36 in the 2022 Fortinet Championship.

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Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 26, 2021 Team USA vice captain Phil Mickelson after winning The Ryder Cup REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Here is the entire breakdown of the top-10 on the list-

67 years, 2 months, 21 daysSam Snead1979 Manufacturers Hanover Westchester Classic74
51 years, 3 months, 3 daysPhil Mickelson2022 Fortinet ChampionshipT36
49 years, 9 months, 26 daysBrian Gay2022 Shriners Children’s OpenW/D
48 years, 4 months, 26 daysStewart Cink2022 THE CJ CUP @ SUMMITT49
47 years, 4 months, 14 daysCameron Percy2022 Fortinet ChampionshipT64
45 years, 9 months, 7 daysIan Poulter2022 THE CJ CUP @ SUMMITT18
45 years, 7 months, 23 daysPat Perez2022 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIPT44
45 years, 6 months, 23 daysRyan Armour2022 Fortinet ChampionshipT51
45 years, 6 months, 10 daysVaughn Taylor2022 Fortinet ChampionshipT58
45 years, 6 months, 8 daysRory Sabbatini2022 Shriners Children’s OpenT3

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Snead’s record will not be an easy one to beat. However, if someone is to break it, who do you think it will be?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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