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Father and Son winners on major professional tours

On the two main men's professional tours, there are only 11 instances of a father and son both winning at least one tournament - 8 times on the PGA Tour and 3 times on the European Tour. (There are no mother and daughter winners on the LPGA Tour.)

Old and Young Tom Morris - the first father and son pair each to win a major professional tournament
Old and Young Tom Morris

Of the 8 PGA pairings, the Morrises and the Parks were winners in the earliest days of the Open Championship, long before the PGA Tour came into being, with the Open only recognised as a PGA Tour event from 1995 onwards. However, in 2002, all Open Championship winners from 1860-1994 were retroactively credited with official wins on the PGA Tour, so these two great families from the very beginning of professional tournament golf are rightly included in this roll call.

It is perhaps worth noting, without drawing any conclusions, that in the modern era and with one exception - the Burkes - the fathers have had by far the more successful careers.

In chronological order of achieving the Father/Son double:

PGA TOUR

Tom Morris Sr. (b. 16/6/1821 – d. 24/5/1908; 4 Open Championships between 1861-67) & Tom Morris Jr. (b. 20/4/1851 – d. 25/12/1875; 4 Open Championships between 1868-72). See notes 1 and 2

Willie Park Sr. (b. 30/6/1833 – d. 25/7/1903; 4 Open Championships between 1860-1875) & Willie Park Jr. (b. 4/2/1864 – d. May 1925; 2 Open Championships between 1887-89) Notes 3 and 4

Joe Kirkwood Sr. (b. 3/4/1897 – d. 29/10/1970; 13 wins between 1923-33) & Joe Kirkwood Jr. (b. 30/5/1920; 2 wins between 1949-51) Note 5

Jack Burke Sr. (d. 1942; 1 win at the 1941 Senior PGA) & John Joseph 'Jack' Burke Jr. (b. 29/1/1923; 16 wins between 1950-63, incl. the Masters and PGA in 1956, one of very few who have won two major championships in one year) Note 6

Clayton Heafner (b. 20/7/1914 – d. 31/12/1960; 4 wins between 1941-48) & Vance Heafner (b. 11/8/1954; 1 win in 1981)

Julius Boros (b. 3/3/1920 – d. 28/5/1994; 18 wins between 1952-68, incl. the 1952 & 1963 US Opens & the 1968 PGA) & Guy Boros (b. 4/9/1964; 1 win in1996)

Al Geiberger (b. 1/9/1937; 11 wins between 1962-1979, incl. the 1966 PGA) & Brent Geiberger (b. 22/5/1968; 2 wins between 1999-2004) See notes 7 and 8

Jay Haas (b. 2/12/1953; 9 wins between 1978-1993) & Bill Haas (b. 24/5/1982; 3 wins in 2010-11) Note 9

EUROPEAN TOUR

Antonio Garrido (b. 2/2/1944; 6 wins between 1972-86) & Ignacio Garrido (b. 27/3/1972; 2 wins between 1997-2003) Note 11

Jose Maria Canizares (b. 18/2/1947; 5 wins between 1980-92) & Alejandro Canizares (b. 9/1/1983; 1 win in 2006)

Craig Stadler (b. 2/6/1953; 13 PGA wins, incl. the 1982 Masters; 2 European Tour wins between 1985-90) & Kevin Stadler (b.5/2/1980; 1 win in 2006)

LPGA TOUR

There have been no mother/daughter winners on the LPGA.

November 2011

 








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