Who are the oldest players in the men's game to triumph in a major championship? Here's the top 10

It has taken some defiant performances over the decades, but here is our list of of the oldest golfers to win a major championship in the men’s game…

10. Raymond Floyd

1986 US Open – 43 years, 9 months, 11 days 

The American won four majors in a 40-year career, the last of which was when he edged out Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins at Shinnecock.

9. Harry Vardon

1914 Open Championship – 44 years, 41 days 

Vardon beat the defending champion JH Taylor by threes stroke at Prestwick.

8. Roberto de Vicenzo

1967 Open – 44 years, 93 days 

Vicenzo was the 54-hole leader and never moved from the top of the leaderboard on the final day, eventually seeing off Jack Nicklaus by two at Hoylake.

7. Lee Trevino

1984 PGA Championship – 44 years, 8 months, 18 days 

The Texan won six majors in his glittering career, another player to complete the Grand Slam. Trevino finished four shots clear at Oak Hill, from the ever-present Jack Nicklaus.

6. Hale Irwin

1990 US Open – 45 years, 15 days old 

Irwin remains the oldest US Open to this day. His win in 1990 as it was the first US Open to be decided by a sudden death finish.

5. Jerry Barber

1961 PGA Championship – 45 Years, 3 months, 6 days

Barber beat Don January in the first play-off hole for his only major.

4. Jack Nicklaus

1986 Masters – 46 years, 2 months, 23 days

Who can forget Nicklaus’s 18th and final win?

3. Tom Morris Sr

1867 Open – 46 years, 99 days

Old Tom beat Willie Park Sr at Prestwick to for his fourth Open win. More than 150 years on he remains the oldest winner of golf’s oldest major.

2. Julius Boros

1968 PGA Championship – 48 years, 4 months, 18 days

Despite not turning professional until the age of 29, Boros soon caught up. He won three majors and remain’s golf’s oldest major champion.

And topping the list of oldest golfers to win a major is…

1. Phil Mickelson

2021 PGA Championship – 50 years 11 months 7 days

He did it!

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