Most PGA Tour Wins After Turning 40

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Professional golfers, generally speaking, do most of their winning in their 20s and 30s. In their 40s, generally, they are winding down their careers, or biding their time until hitting age 50 and moving on to the senior tours.

But not all golfers! Some golfers go right on winning well into their 40s. Some PGA Tour golfers have even won the bulk of their tour titles after turning 40.

So here's a look at the PGA Tour golfers with the most wins after turning 40.

Key Takeaways

  • Vijay Singh holds the record with 22 wins on the PGA Tour after turning age 40.
  • Sam Snead is second with 17, but Snead set other age-related records on the PGA Tour.
  • Since 1900, Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan are the only golfers with at least three wins in majors after turning 40.

The Record-Holder: Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh holds the record for most wins on the PGA Tour after turning 40 years old, and that record is 22 wins.

Singh turned 40 on Feb. 22, 2003. At that point, he had won 12 times on the PGA Tour, including two major championships. After turning 40, Singh won another 22 PGA Tour tournaments, including one more major. So nearly two-thirds of his career win total of 34 came after the age of 40.

In his age 41 season in 2004, Singh won nine times. He added another five wins at age 42 in 2005. His final win on the PGA Tour was the 2008 Deutsche Bank Championship, when he was 45 years old.

List: Most PGA Tour Wins After Turning 40

The golfers who won the most tournaments on the PGA Tour after hitting the big four-oh:

  • 22 wins — Vijay Singh
  • 17 — Sam Snead
  • 11 — Kenny Perry
  • 10 — Julius Boros
  • 9 — Steve Stricker
  • 8 — Arnold Palmer
  • 7 — Gene Littler
  • 7 — Dutch Harrison
  • 6 — Ben Hogan
  • 6 — Phil Mickelson

For some added perspective, here are the after-40 PGA Tour win totals of a few other famous names: Jack Nicklaus, 5 wins; Lee Trevino, 5; Billy Casper, 4; Walter Hagen, 3; Gary Player, 3; Tom Watson, 2.

Snead won 82 times total on the PGA Tour, so his 17 wins after 40 comprise a much smaller percentage of his overall wins than in Singh's case. But Snead achieved multiple other milestones in "senior" golf: He is the oldest winner in PGA Tour history at age 52, and the youngest golfer (67) to shoot his age on the PGA Tour. At age 62 he finished third in the 1974 PGA Championship.

Other golfers on the list above who claimed the majority of their overall PGA Tour wins after turning 40: Perry (11 of 14), Boros (10 of 18) and Stricker (9 of 12).

Most Wins in Majors After Age 40

Another way to consider the best golfers in their 40s is to look at major championship wins after hitting that age. And you have to go all the way back to the very earliest years of professional golf tournaments to find the leader in over-40 majors: Old Tom Morris. Morris won four of the first eight Open Championships played, and he was in his 40s for all four of them. Keep in mind, though, that there were only a handful of golfers playing in each of those tournaments.

Since 1900, the only golfers with multiple wins in majors after turning 40 are these:

  • Ben Hogan, 3
  • Jack Nicklaus, 3
  • Julius Boros, 2
  • Mark O'Meara, 2
  • Harry Vardon, 2

Singh and Snead each won one major championship in their 40s.