Who's who: Jim Barnes

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Who's who: Jim Barnes

  • Name:

    James Martin "Jim" Barnes
  • Country:

    England
  • Lived:

    [1887-1966]. Born on April 8, 1886 in Lelant, Cornwall. Died on May 24, 1966 in East Orange, New Jersey, aged 80.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Lelant, Cornwall, England
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; club maker; golf writer.
  • Turned Pro:

    1906

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (4): US PGA Ch'ship (1916, '19); US Open (1921); The Open (1925). PGA Tour wins (21). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1989).

Did you know?

6 foot 4 inch 'Long Jim' Barnes was a prolific winner in the early years of professional golf in the USA. Playing in an era dominated by the great Walter Hagen, Barnes notched-up four major championship victories between 1916 and 1925. His final win as a PGA Tour player came at the 1939 New Jersey Open, when he was aged 52.

Barnes' major titles included two US PGA Championships (1916, 1919), the US Open (1921) and an Open Championship (1925). When he won the US Open in 1921, the trophy was presented by President Warren Harding, making Barnes the only player in history to receive the trophy from the President of the United States. Although the Masters Tournament was not launched until 1934 (when Barnes was in his late-40s), he was a three-time winner of the Western Open (1914, '17 and '19), a tournament that almost held "major" championship status at the time.

In 1906, when aged 20, Barnes permanently moved from England to the USA, but retained English citizenship throughout his lifetime. He was a frequent visitor back to 'Old Blighty,' regularly playing in The Open. He was barred from representing the USA in the Ryder Cup, but that was because the rules required that USA team members were born in the USA. During his career Barnes was not just a big-hitting golfer, but also a very fine club maker and author of several books on golfing techniques, including the best-selling 'Picture Analysis of Golf Strokes.'

Top tournaments won by Jim Barnes

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

x

1925
Majors
300
£75
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Score

300

Prize money

£75

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (60th) (June 25-26). Second-placed Ted Ray (Jersey) and Archie Comptson (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Jim Barnes (Eng). This was the last of the 24 Opens played at Prestwick, the original home of the world's most famous Championship. [Prestwick GC, Ayrshire, Scotland].

1921
America
College Arms GC
291
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Venue

College Arms GC

Score

291

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Deland Open. Second-placed Pat O'Hara (USA) finished 6 shots behind Barnes (USA). [College Arms GC, DeLand, FL; converted to real estate in 1955].

1921
Majors
Columbia CC
289
$500
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Venue

Columbia CC

Score

289

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Open (25th) (July 21/22). Second-placed Walter Hagen (USA) and Fred McLeod (Scot/USA) finished 9 shots behind Barnes (Eng). [Columbia CC, Chevy Chase, Maryland].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the North & South Open. Won by Barnes (Eng).

1919
Majors
Engineers' Club
6 & 5
$500
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Venue

Engineers' Club

Score

6 & 5

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (2nd) (Sept 16-20 ). Defending champion Barnes (Eng) beat Fred McLeod (USA) 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final. [Engineers' Club, Roslyn, NY].

1919
America
Mayfield CC
283
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Venue

Mayfield CC

Score

283

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Leo Diegel (USA) finished in second place behind Barnes (Eng). [Mayfield CC, South Euclid, nr Cleveland, OH. Now part of the Mayfield Sand Ridge Club].

1917
America
Westmoreland CC
283
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Venue

Westmoreland CC

Score

283

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Walter Hagen (USA) finished in second place behind Barnes (Eng). [Westmoreland CC, Wilmette, IL].

1916
Majors
Siwanoy CC
1 hole
$500
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Venue

Siwanoy CC

Score

1 hole

Prize money

$500

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The inaugural US PGA Championship (Oct 10-14). Barnes (Eng) beat Jock Hutchison (Scot/USA) 1-up in the 36-hole final. [Siwanoy CC, Bronxville, nr NYC, NY].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Venue

Score

Prize money

Title sponsor

x

Played as the North & South Open. Won by Barnes (Eng).

1914
America
293 (-3)
$300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barnes, Jim

Score

293 (-3)

Prize money

$300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Western Open. Second-placed William "Willie" Kidd (Scot/USA) finished 1 shot behind Barnes (Eng). [Interlachen CC, Edina, nr Minneapolis, Minnesota].

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