Records for Oldest Winners on the LPGA Tour

Plus Other LPGA Records for the Oldest

Beth Daniel follows a tee shot on the fourth hole Sunday, October 12, 2003 in the final round of the Samsung World Championship
Beth Daniel was 46 in 2003 when she became the oldest winner in LPGA history. A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Here are some of the top records in LPGA Tour history as it relates to "old"-age: oldest winners, oldest major champions, plus several others that fit the category.

Oldest Overall LPGA Winners

Who is the oldest golfer to win any LPGA Tour event? Here are the three oldest winners in tour history:

  • Beth Daniel — 46 years, 8 months, 29 days (2003 BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open)
  • JoAnne Carner — 46 years, 5 months, 11 days (1985 Safeco Classic)
  • Betsy King — 45 years, 10 months, 18 days (2001 LPGA Corning Classic)

Note that all three of these golfers are Hall of Famers. Golfers who win in the mid-40s on the LPGA Tour tend to be those who've already had very, very good careers. In the record-holder's case, it was Beth Daniel's first win in eight years, and the 33rd of her career. Carner won 43 times on the LPGA and King won 34 tour titles.

Oldest LPGA Major Winners

Here are the golfers who were oldest at the time they won one of the major championships of women's golf:

  • Fay Crocker — 45 years, 7 months, 11 days (1960 Titleholders Championship)
  • Sherri Steinhauer — 43 years, 7 months, 10 days (2006 Women's British Open)
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias — 43 years, 7 days (1954 U.S. Women's Open)
  • Juli Inkster — 42 years, 13 days (2002 U.S. Women's Open)

These are the only four golfers who were aged 42 or older at the time they won a major.

Inkster and Zaharias are legends, and Steinhauer, while not a Hall of Famer, was a well-known, multi-major winner. Crocker is much less known. She was a player in the earliest days of the LPGA Tour, someone who was already in her late 30s by the time she joined the tour.

But Crocker has several other interesting distinctions, in addition to holding this record: She was the first golfer to break 70 in the U.S. Women's Open; the first international player to win the U.S. Women's Open; and she also holds the following record ...

LPGA's Oldest First-Time Winners

Which golfers waited the longest — in terms of age — to win for the first time on the LPGA Tour? Here are the three oldest first-time winners in LPGA history:

  • Fay Crocker — 40 years, 6 months, 18 days (1955 Serbin Open)
  • Kim Saiki — 38 years, 5 months, 3 days (2004 Wegmans Rochester LPGA)
  • Cindy Figg-Currier — 37 years, 6 months, 8 days (1997 State Farm Rail Classic)

As noted earlier, Crocker's wait had more to do with timing than talent. She went on to win 11 more times, including two majors. But she happened to come along just after the launch of the LPGA Tour and already in her late 30s.

Oldest Golfer to Play in an LPGA Tournament

JoAnne Carner holds the record as the oldest golfer to play in an LPGA Tour event.

The golfer they call "Big Mama" — a Hall of Famer who won 43 LPGA tournaments — was 65 years, 11 months, 21 days old when she teed it up at the 2005 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Carner shot 79-79 and missed the cut.

Carner's last victory on the LPGA Tour had come 20 years earlier, at the 1985 Safeco Classic. But as late as 2004, she made her last cut on tour. Which leads us to ...

Oldest Golfer to Make an LPGA Cut

The record-holder is JoAnne Carner, who made her last cut at age 64 years, 26 days at the 2004 Chick-fil-A Charity Championship. She finished 90th.