Jim Barnes


Jim Barnes (April 8, 1886 - May 26, 1966) was a leading figure in the early years of professional golf in the United States. He was born in Cornwall, England, but moved to the United States in 1906 and became a U.S. citizen soon afterwards.

Barnes won four majors:

PGA Championship: 1916, 1919
US Open: 1921
British Open: 1925
His two PGA titles were the first in the event; there was no tournament in 1917 or 1918 because of World War I. His winning margin in the 1921 U.S. Open was nine strokes, a record which wasn't beaten until Tiger Woods won the 2001 U.S. Open by fifteen strokes.

Barnes was one of the most prolific tournament winners of the first few seasons of the PGA Tour, which was also founded in 1916. He won twenty times on the tour in total.