Who's who: Miller Barber

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Who's who: Miller Barber

  • Name:

    Miller Westford Barber Jr.
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1931-2013]. Born on Mar 31, 1931 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Died on June 11, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizoma aged 82.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Shreveport, LA
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1958

Roll of Honour

Senior MAJORS (5). Ryder Cup player (1969, '71). Total professional wins (41), including PGA Tour (11) and Champions Tour (24). Champions Tour leading money winner (1981, '82).

Did you know?

Barber enjoyed a successful career on the PGA Tour, winning one tour event in most years between 1964 and 1978. Even greater success followed when he joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1981, when for almost a decade wins came at the rate of two, three or even four per year. Five senior major championships were included in his overall haul of 24 Senior Tour wins.

Top tournaments won by Miller Barber

1991
Asia
Oak Hills CC, Jpn
202 (-14)
US$77,000
Fuji

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Oak Hills CC, Jpn

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

US$77,000

Title sponsor

Fuji

Played as the Fuji Electric Grand Slam (March 29-31; Snr PGA Tour unofficial money event). Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) finished 4 shots behind Barber (USA), who won on his 60th birthday. [Oak Hills CC, nr Katori, Chiba, Japan].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

280 (-8)

Prize money

$50,000

Title sponsor

MONY

Played as the MONY Senior Tournament of Champions (Jan 5-8; Senior PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed Dale Douglass (USA) finished 1 shot behind Miller Barber (USA), who won this event for the second time in four years. [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].

1989
America
Vintage Club, CA
281 (-7)
$55,500
Chrysler

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Vintage Club, CA

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$55,500

Title sponsor

Chrysler

Played as the Vintage Chrysler Invitational. Second-placed Don Bies (USA), Larry Mowry (USA) and Bob Charles (NZ) finished 1 shot behind Barber (USA), who recorded the last of his 24 US Snr Tr wins. [Vintage Club, Palm Desert, California].

1988
America
Suntree CC, FL
197 (-19)
$33,750
Fairfield Barnett

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Suntree CC, FL

Score

197 (-19)

Prize money

$33,750

Title sponsor

Fairfield Barnett

Played as the Fairfield Barnett Classic. Second-placed Homero Blancas (USA) finished 5 shots behind Barber (USA). [Suntree CC, Melbourne, Florida].

1988
America
Jeremy Ranch
207 (-9)
$52,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Jeremy Ranch

Score

207 (-9)

Prize money

$52,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Showdown Classic. Second-placed Orville Moody (USA), Dick Rhyan (USA) and Ben Smith (USA) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Barber (USA). [Jeremy Ranch G&CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].

1987
America
191 (-22)
$250,000
Mazda

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

191 (-22)

Prize money

$250,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Champions (Dec 18-20; unofficial 54-hole better-ball team event; teams comprised an LPGA Tr and Snr PGA Tr player). Second-placed team of Colleen Walker (USA) & Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 3 shots behind Nancy Lopez (USA) & Miller Barber (USA). [Tryall Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica].

1987
America
Jeremy Ranch
210 (-6)
$45,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Jeremy Ranch

Score

210 (-6)

Prize money

$45,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Showdown Classic. Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Barber (USA). [Jeremy Ranch G&CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].

1987
America
202 (-14)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

202 (-14)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Newport Cup (Sept 25-27). Second-placed Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Barber (USA). [Newport CC, Newport, Rhode Island].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

MONY

Played as the MONY Senior Tournament of Champions (Jan 8-11; Senior PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 5 shots behind Miller Barber (USA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].

1985
Majors
285 (-3)
$40,199
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

285 (-3)

Prize money

$40,199

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Senior Open (June 27-30). Second-placed Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) finished 4 shots behind defending champion Barber (USA), who won this event for the third time in four years. [Edgewood Tahoe GC, Lake Tahoe, NV].

1985
Asia
Oak Hills CC, Jpn
276 (-12)
US$50,000
Coca-Cola

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Oak Hills CC, Jpn

Score

276 (-12)

Prize money

US$50,000

Title sponsor

Coca-Cola

Played as the Coca-Cola Seniors Grand Slam (Oct 4-6). Second-placed Billy Casper (USA) finished 3 shots behind Barber (USA). [Oak Hills CC, nr Katori, Chiba, Japan].

1985
America
277 (-11)
$30,000
PaineWebber

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

PaineWebber

Played as the PaineWebber World Seniors Invitational. Second-placed Gay Brwer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Barber (USA). [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina].

1985
America
Jeremy Ranch
257 (-31)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Jeremy Ranch

Score

257 (-31)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Shootout at Jeremy Ranch (unofficial two-man better-ball event; Snr Tr player paired with a PGA Tr player). Ben Crenshaw (USA) & Miller Barber (USA) beat Gene Littler (USA) & John Mahaffey (USA) with an eagle at the first playoff hole (par-5 16th). [Jeremy Ranch G&CC, Park City, nr Salt Lake City, Utah].

1985
America
TPC Monte Carlo
211 (-5)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

TPC Monte Carlo

Score

211 (-5)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Sunrise Senior Classic (Feb 8-10; Snr PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed Orville Moody (USA) finished 1 shot behind Barber (USA). [TPC at Monte Carlo, Fort Pierce, FL; renamed as Panther Woods CC; now called Meadowood G&TC].

1984
America
208 (-8)
$30,000
Denver Post

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

208 (-8)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Denver Post

Played as the Denver Post Champions of Golf. Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA) finished 3 shots behind Barber (USA). [Plum Creek GC, Castle Rock, Colorado; at the time known as TPC Plum Creek].

1984
America
Bellevue CC, NY
206 (-10)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Bellevue CC, NY

Score

206 (-10)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater Syracuse Senior's Pro Classic. Second-placed Rod Funseth (USA) finished 3 shots behind Barber (USA). [Bellevue CC, Syracuse, New York].

1984
Majors
286 (+6)
$36,488
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

286 (+6)

Prize money

$36,488

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Senior Open (Jun 28-Jul 1). Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Barber (USA). [East course, Oak Hill CC, Pittsford, Rochester, NY].

1984
America
134
$21,500
Doug Sanders

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

134

Prize money

$21,500

Title sponsor

Doug Sanders

Played as the Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic (unofficial 36-hole event). Arnold Palmer and Miller Barber shared first prize after the tournament was shortened due to bad weather. [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].

1984
America
Tulsa CC
212 (-1)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Tulsa CC

Score

212 (-1)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural (and only) Roy Clark Senior Challenge (June 15-17). Second-placed Don January (USA) and Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Barber (USA). [Tulsa CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma].

1983
America
Hermitage CC, VA
211 (-5)
$25,000
Utd Virginia Bnk

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Hermitage CC, VA

Score

211 (-5)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

Utd Virginia Bnk

Played as the inaugural United Virginia Bank Seniors Classic. Second-placed Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg), Rod Funseth (USA) and Don January (USA) finished 1 shot behind Barber (USA). [Hermitage CC, Manikin-Sabot, Virginia].

1983
America
200 (-16)
$25,000
Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

200 (-16)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest

Played as the Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative Pro-Am. Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA) finished 5 shots behind Barber (USA). [Newport CC, Newport, Rhode Island].

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$40,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Senior Tournament Players Championship (June 9-12). Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) finished 1 shot behind Barber (USA). [Canterbury GC, Beachwood, Ohio].

1983
America
Shipyard GC
281 (-7)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Shipyard GC

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Hilton Head Seniors International (Oct 20-23). Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA), Jim Ferree (USA) and Gene Littler (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Barber (USA). [Shipyard GC, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina].

1982
Majors
282 (-2)
$28,648
USGA

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

282 (-2)

Prize money

$28,648

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Senior Open (July 8-11). Second-placed Gene Littler (USA) and Dan Sikes Jr (USA) finished 4 shots behind Barber (USA), the only player to finish under par. [Portland GC, Portland, Oregon].

1982
America
Shipyard GC
138 (-6)
$15,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Shipyard GC

Score

138 (-6)

Prize money

$15,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural Hilton Head Seniors International (Oct 21-24). Miller Barber (USA) and Dan Sikes (USA) were tied after the first two rounds. They shared the first prize when the last two rounds were cancelled due to bad weather. [Shipyard GC, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina].

1982
America
Suntree CC, FL
264 (-24)
$22,500
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Suntree CC, FL

Score

264 (-24)

Prize money

$22,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Suntree Classic. Second-placed Don January (USA) finished 5 shots behind Barber (USA). [Suntree CC, Melbourne, Florida].

1982
America
Vintage Club, CA
282 (-6)
$40,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Vintage Club, CA

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$40,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Vintage Invitational (unofficial US Snr Tr event). Second-placed Arnold Palmer (USA), Dan Sikes (USA) and Art Wall (USA) finished 1 shot behind Barber (USA). [Vintage Club, Palm Desert, California].

1982
Awards
$106,890
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Score

$106,890

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Barber (USA) won his second straight Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1982 leading money winner, with earnings of $106,890 on the Tour. Don January (USA) was second with $99,508; Bob Goalby (USA) was third with $94,540.

1981
Awards
69.57
n/a
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Score

69.57

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Barber (USA) won the Byron Nelson Award, recording the season's lowest scoring average on the Senior PGA Tour.

1981
Majors
281 (-7)
$20,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Played as the PGA Seniors' Championship (Dec 3-6; Snr PGA Tr season-ending event). Second-placed and defending champion Arnold Palmer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Barber (USA). [Soffer course, Turberry Isle Resort, Aventura, FL; at the time called the South course].

1981
America
204 (-12)
$20,000
Peter Jackson

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

204 (-12)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

Peter Jackson

Played as the inaugural Peter Jackson Champions (June 12-14). First-time Snr PGA Tour winner Barber (USA) beat Gene Littler (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Capilano G&CC, Vancouver, British Columbia, Can].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

282 (-6)

Prize money

$23,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Seniors Invitational. Second-placed and defending champion Gene littler (USA) finished 3 shots behind Barber (USA). [Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina].

1981
America
Suntree CC, FL
204 (-12)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Suntree CC, FL

Score

204 (-12)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Suntree Seniors Classic. Second-placed Bob Goalby (USA) finished 4 shots behind Barber (USA). [Suntree CC, Melbourne, Florida].

1981
Awards
$83,136
see Score
Snr PGA Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Score

$83,136

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Snr PGA Tr

Barber (USA) won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Senior PGA Tour 1981 leading money winner, with earnings of $83,136 on the Tour. Don January (USA) was second with $74,175; Bob Goalby (USA) was third with $66,494.

1978
America
Phoenix CC, AZ
272 (-12)
$40,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Phoenix CC, AZ

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

$40,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 12-15). Second-placed Lee Trevino (USA) and defending champion Jerry Pate (USA) finished 1 shot behind Barber (USA), who recorded the last of his 11 PGA Tour wins. [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].

1977
America
272 (-16)
$40,000
Anheuser-Busch

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$40,000

Title sponsor

Anheuser-Busch

Played as the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic (Sep 29-Oct 2; formerly the Kaiser Intl Open Invitational). Second-placed George Archer (USA) finished 2 shots behind Miller Barber (USA), who recorded his second win in this event and tenth PGA Tour win overall. [North course, Silverado Resort, Napa, CA].

1974
America
Mason Golf Ctr, OH
277 (-7)
$30,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Mason Golf Ctr, OH

Score

277 (-7)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Ohio Kings Island Open (Sept 19-22). Second-placed George Johnson (USA) finished 3 shots behind Miller Barber (USA). ["The Grizzly" course, City of Mason Golf Ctr, Mason, OH; at the time called Nicklaus Golf Ctr].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

570 (+2)

Prize money

$100,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the inaugural World Open Golf Championship (Nov 8-11 and 14-17; 144-hole event spread over 2 weeks, for the biggest first prize the game had ever known). Second-placed Ben Crenshaw (USA) finished 3 shots behind Barber (USA). [No.2 course, Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina; two of the eight rounds were played on the No.4 course].

1972
America
273 (-15)
$30,000
Dean Martin

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

273 (-15)

Prize money

$30,000

Title sponsor

Dean Martin

Played as the Dean Martin Tucson Open (Jan 20-24). Miller Barber (USA) beat George Archer (USA) with a birdie-two at the third sudden-death playoff hole (par-3 17th), after they tied an 18-hole Monday playoff, in which they both shot an even-par 72. [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].

1971
America
Arizona CC
261 (-23)
$25,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Arizona CC

Score

261 (-23)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open Invitational (Jan 21-24). Second-placed Dan Sikes (USA) and Billy Casper (USA) finished 2 shots behind Barber (USA). [Arizona CC, Phoenix, AZ].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

$25,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Greater New Orleans Open Invitational (April 17-20). Miller Barber (USA) beat Bob Charles (NZ) and Howie Johnson (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to record his fifth PGA Tour win. Monday finish required due to rain and lightning delays on Sunday. [Lakewood GC, New Orleans, LA].

1969
America
135 (-9)
$13,500
Kaiser Intl.

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Score

135 (-9)

Prize money

$13,500

Title sponsor

Kaiser Intl.

Played as the Kaiser International Open Invitational (Jan 16-19). Second-placed Bruce Devlin (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Miller Barber (USA). Reduced to 36-holes; Saturday and Sunday rounds were rained out; Barber was awarded only half of the first-place prize money. A second edition of the event was organised for November 1969, which Jack Nicklaus won. [North course, Silverado Resort, Napa, CA; North and South courses used during first two rounds].

1968
America
Preston Trail
270 (-10)
$20,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Preston Trail

Score

270 (-10)

Prize money

$20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic (April 25-28). Second-placed Kermit Zarley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Barber (USA). [Preston Trail GC, Dallas, TX].

1964
America
Oakbourne CC
277 (-11)
$3,300
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Oakbourne CC

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

$3,300

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Cajun Classic (Nov 19-22; PGA Tour season-ending event). Second-placed Gay Brewer (USA) and Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 5 shots behind first-time PGA Tour winner Barber (USA). First round washed out due to heavy rain, and 36 holes played on the Sunday. [Oakbourne CC, Lafayette, Louisiana].

1962
America
Nassau CC
282 (+2)
$1,000
Metropolitan GA

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Barber, Miller

Venue

Nassau CC

Score

282 (+2)

Prize money

$1,000

Title sponsor

Metropolitan GA

Played as the Metropolitan Open. (Sept 19-21, 23; Metropolitan Golf Assoc event). Miller Barber (USA) beat Tom Nieporte (USA) in an 18-hole Sunday playoff (Barber even-par 70, Nieporte 77). [Nassau CC, Glen Cove, Long Island, NY].

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