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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). US PGA Tour wins (21). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1989).


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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

1937Men AmericaLong Island Classicxx
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1925Men MajorsThe OpenPrestwick300£75
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].
1921Men AmericaDeland OpenCollege Arms GC291
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].
1921Men MajorsUS OpenColumbia CC289$500
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].
1919Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Mayfield CC283x
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].
1919Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open. Won by Barnes (Eng).
1919Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipEngineers' Club6 & 5$500
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].
1917Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Westmoreland CC283x
Played as the Western Open. Walter Hagen (USA) finished in second place behind Barnes (Eng). [Westmoreland CC, Wilmette, IL].
1916Men AmericaNorth & South Openxx
Played as the North & South Open. Won by Barnes (Eng).
1916Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipSiwanoy CC1-up$500
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].
1914Men AmericaBMW Ch'ship (US)Interlachen293 (-3)$300
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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