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.
|Full name||Miller Westford Barber, Jr.|
|Born||March 31, 1931|
|Died||June 11, 2013 (aged 82)|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)|
|College||University of Arkansas|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||24|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||7th: 1969|
|PGA Championship||T4: 1971|
|U.S. Open||6th/T6: 1969, 1970|
|The Open Championship||10th: 1969|
Barber was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. 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.
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.
Barber died June 11, 2013 at the age of 82 of lymphoma in Scottsdale, Arizona. Barber was survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen, and sons Larry and Richard and stepsons Casey, Doug, Brad.
Professional wins (43)Edit
PGA Tour wins (11)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Nov 22, 1964||Cajun Classic Open Invitational||−7 (72-70-68-67=277)||5 strokes||Gay Brewer, Jack Nicklaus|
|2||May 28, 1967||Oklahoma City Open Invitational||−10 (70-72-68-68=278)||Playoff||Gary Player|
|3||Apr 28, 1968||Byron Nelson Golf Classic||−10 (67-68-65-70=270)||1 stroke||Kermit Zarley|
|4||Jan 20, 1969||Kaiser International Open Invitational||−9 (68-67=135)||1 stroke||Bruce Devlin|
|5||Apr 20, 1970||Greater New Orleans Open Invitational||−10 (68-71-69-70=278)||Playoff||Bob Charles, Howie Johnson|
|6||Jan 24, 1971||Phoenix Open Invitational||−23 (65-64-67-65=261)||2 strokes||Billy Casper, Dan Sikes|
|7||Jan 24, 1972||Dean Martin Tucson Open||−15 (68-73-67-65=273)||Playoff||George Archer|
|8||Nov 17, 1973||World Open Golf Championship||+2 (68-74-73-74-67-73-72-69=570)||3 strokes||Ben Crenshaw|
|9||Sep 22, 1974||Ohio Kings Island Open||−7 (68-68-69-72=277)||3 strokes||George Johnson|
|10||Oct 2, 1977||Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic||−16 (71-66-70-65=272)||2 strokes||George Archer|
|11||Jan 15, 1978||Phoenix Open||−12 (68-69-70-65=272)||1 stroke||Jerry Pate, Lee Trevino|
PGA Tour playoff record (3–4)
|1||1964||Pensacola Open||Arnold Palmer, Gary Player||Lost 18-hole playoff (Player:71, Palmer:72, Barber:74)|
|2||1967||Oklahoma City Open||Gary Player||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|3||1970||Greater New Orleans Open Invitational||Bob Charles, Howie Johnson||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|4||1972||Dean Martin Tucson Open||George Archer||Won with birdie on third extra hole after 18-hole playoff (Archer:72, Barber:72)|
|5||1973||Greater New Orleans Open||Jack Nicklaus||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|6||1973||Liggett & Myers Open||Bert Greene||Lost to birdie on fifth extra hole|
|7||1976||San Antonio Texas Open||Butch Baird||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
Other wins (1)Edit
- 1962 Metropolitan Open
Senior PGA Tour wins (24)Edit
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)
|1||1981||Peter Jackson Champions||Gene Littler||Won with par on first extra hole|
|2||1986||Bank One Senior Golf Classic||Bob Goalby, Gene Littler||Littler won with par on third extra hole|
Goalby eliminated with par on first hole
Senior majors are shown in bold.
Japan Senior wins (2)Edit
- 1985 Coca-Cola Grandslam Championship
- 1991 Fuji Electric Grandslam Championship
Other senior wins (5)Edit
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||10|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T60||CUT|
|The Open Championship|
DQ = disqualified
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1970 and 1974 Open Championships)
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||1||4||2|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 12 (1966 U.S. Open – 1970 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 5 (1968 PGA – 1969 PGA)
Champions Tour major championshipsEdit
|1981||PGA Seniors' Championship||−7 (68-72-68-73=281)||2 strokes||Arnold Palmer|
|1982||U.S. Senior Open||−2 (72-74-71-65=282)||4 strokes||Gene Littler, Dan Sikes|
|1983||Senior Players Championship||−10 (71-69-70-68=278)||1 stroke||Gene Littler|
|1984||U.S. Senior Open (2)||+6 (74-71-70-71=286)||2 strokes||Arnold Palmer|
|1985||U.S. Senior Open(3)||−3 (71-72-71-71=285)||4 strokes||Roberto De Vicenzo|
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- "Miller Barber passes away at age 82". PGA Tour. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- "Golfer Miller Barber dies at 82". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 13, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013.