Carl Jerome "Jerry" Barber (April 25, 1916 – September 23, 1994) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour. He had seven wins on tour, including a major title, the PGA Championship in 1961.
|Full name||Carl Jerome Barber|
|Born||April 25, 1916|
|Died||September 23, 1994 (aged 78)|
|Height||5 ft 5+1⁄2 in (1.66 m)|
|Weight||137 lb (62 kg; 9.8 st)|
|Children||2 sons, 3 daughters|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T5: 1962|
|PGA Championship||Won: 1961|
|U.S. Open||T9: 1956, 1960|
|The Open Championship||DNP|
|Achievements and awards|
Born in Woodson, Illinois, Barber was one of nine children raised on an Illinois farm near Jacksonville, and turned professional in 1942. Small in stature, he was one of the top putters of his era.
Barber was a full-time member of the PGA Tour from 1948 to 1962. He played on two Ryder Cup teams, 1955 and 1961; and was also the team captain in 1961. Barber earned a living primarily as a club professional like most of the touring pros of his generation; he worked at Los Angeles' Wilshire Country Club. He was the Player of the Year on the PGA Tour in 1961, unseating Arnold Palmer for a year.
At the 1961 PGA Championship in Illinois near Chicago, heavy rains wiped out Friday's second round and it had to be replayed on Saturday, followed by the final two rounds on Sunday. Barber led after the second round but trailed Don January by four shots with three holes to play in the final round. In high heat and humidity, Barber made a twenty-foot (6 m) birdie putt at the 16th hole, a forty-foot (12 m) par-saving putt at 17, and a sixty-foot (18 m) birdie putt at 18 to tie January and force an 18-hole Monday playoff. Due to the double-rounds and a lengthy delay caused by another rainstorm in the morning, Barber and January did not complete their final rounds on Sunday until well past 8 pm. Barber won the playoff the next day by a single stroke when January bogeyed the 18th hole. At age 45, he was the oldest player at the time to win a major title, surpassed seven years later by Julius Boros in 1968 at age 48.
Barber holds the record for the oldest player to ever play on the PGA Tour in February 1994, when he played in the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines at the age of 77 years, 10 months. He died later that year, in September.
Often referred to in the media as "little Jerry Barber," he stood 5 ft 5+1⁄2 in (1.66 m). In 1966, he portrayed himself in a guest appearance on episode #23 ("Watch the Birdie") of I Dream of Jeannie.
Barber and his wife Lucile, who died of cancer in 1968, had five children: Tom, Nancy, twins Sandra and Sally, and Roger. Barber died in Glendale, California at the age of 78, after having mitral valve prolapse and suffering a stroke.
Professional wins (13)Edit
PGA Tour wins (7)Edit
|Major championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (6)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||Apr 5, 1953||Azalea Open Invitational||71-65-72-68=276||−12||1 stroke|| Doug Ford, Ted Kroll,|
|2||Aug 8, 1954||All American Open||68-70-70-69=277||−11||1 stroke||Gene Littler|
|3||Jan 18, 1960||Yorba Linda Open Invitational||67-70-69-72=278||−10||1 stroke||Billy Maxwell|
|4||May 8, 1960||Tournament of Champions||69-66-66-67=268||−20||4 strokes||Jay Hebert|
|5||Apr 2, 1961||Azalea Open Invitational (2)||71-71-71=213||−3||Playoff||Chandler Harper|
|6||Jul 31, 1961||PGA Championship||69-67-71-70=277||−3||Playoff||Don January|
|7||Mar 31, 1963||Azalea Open Invitational (3)||69-68-70-67=274||−14||5 strokes|| Larry Beck, Bruce Crampton,|
Doug Ford, Billy Maxwell,
Jack Rule Jr.
PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||1961||PGA Championship||Don January||Won 18-hole playoff;|
Barber: −3 (67),
January: −2 (68)
Other wins (5)Edit
this list may be incomplete
- 1950 Pennsylvania Open Championship
- 1951 Waterloo Open Golf Classic
- 1952 Waterloo Open Golf Classic
- 1959 California State Open, Southern California PGA Championship
Other senior wins (2)Edit
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1985||Digital Seniors Classic||Lee Elder, Don January||Elder won with birdie on first extra hole|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1961||PGA Championship||2 shot deficit||−3 (69-67-71-70=277)||Playoff1||Don January|
1Defeated Don January in an 18-hole Monday playoff, 67 to 68
Note: Barber never played in The Open Championship.
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
R64, R32, R16, QF, SF = Round in which player lost in PGA Championship match play
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1959 PGA – 1962 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1956 Masters – 1956 U.S. Open)
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- Seitz, Nick (June 2003). "Wizard with the wand: Jerry Barber's putting display at Olympia Fields in 1961 still astounds those who saw it". Golf Digest. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "Golf: Former champion Jerry Barber dies of heart failure". Los Angeles Times. staff and wire reports. September 24, 1994. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
- Cave, Ray (July 25, 1960). "A Barber with a razor edge". Sports Illustrated. pp. 40–5.
- "Jerry Barber; Golf Champion, 78". The New York Times. September 25, 1994. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "Barber Small and Old but Champion". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. August 1, 1961. p. 16. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- Wright, Alfred (August 7, 1961). "Rain, strain and a win". Sports Illustrated. pp. 10–1.
- "Barber Defeats January by 1 Stroke To Win PGA Championship in Playoff". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. August 1, 1961. p. 16. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "Tournament Info for: 1961 PGA Championship". PGA.com. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- "Oldest Golfer to Play in a PGA Tour Tournament". About.com. Retrieved July 17, 2012.