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Youngest Winners on PGA Tour

PGA Tour Records: Youngest To Win

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Four golfers in PGA Tour history have won while still in their teens.

Youngest PGA Tour Winners

  • "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper - 19 years, 4 days, 1923 Galveston Open
  • Ralph Guldahl - 19 years, 8 months, 3 days, 1931 Santa Monica Open
  • Johnny McDermott - 19 years, 10 months, 1911 U.S. Open
  • Jordan Spieth - 19 years, 11 months, 2013 John Deere Classic
Cooper and Guldahl are in the World Golf Hall of Fame today. McDermott isn't, but should be; he was the first native-born American golfer to win the U.S. Open, and won two of them.

Twelve golfers have won at age 20 on the PGA Tour, including Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. Here are the golfers who have PGA Tour wins at age 20 (multiple wins are listed in parentheses):

  • Gene Sarazen (3)
  • Chick Evans
  • Ralph Guldahl
  • Francis Ouimet
  • Horton Smith (6)
  • Raymond Floyd
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Tom Creavy
  • Tiger Woods (2)
  • Seve Ballesteros
  • Johnny McDermott
  • Rory McIlroy
One thing that stands out about this list is the quality of the golfers. Only Creavy and McDermott (plus McIlroy and Woods, who aren't eligible) are not in the Hall of Fame. If you win on the PGA Tour before turning 21, it's a very good sign that you are going to have a great career.

(Note: This list considers golfers post-1900. Young Tom Morris won his first British Open when he was 17 years old, in 1868, and won again at ages 18 and 19 in 1869 and 1870. Those wins are retroactively counted as PGA Tour wins, although the PGA Tour didn't exist in anything remotely resembling its modern form for at least another 50 years or so).

Source: PGA Tour

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