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Golden oldies at the majors

Published 19/07/2011 | 05:00

1968 US PGA

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48 years, 4 months, 18 days

Over four rounds in sweltering Texan heat, Boros rewrote the history books as a chip to within two feet on the final green handed him a one-stroke victory over Arnold Palmer.

1867 British Open

46 years, 3 months, 10 days

The oldest British Open champion, Morris's success in 1867 was his fourth and final victory in the event -- though in 1869, aged 48, he finished as runner-up to his son, Tom Morris Jr.

1986 Masters

46 years, 2 months, 23 days

Jack's final and most memorable Major championship title came at Augusta National, where a scintillating final-round 65 saw him race through the field to take a sixth Green Jacket.

1961 US PGA

45 years, 3 months, 6 days

Trailing by four shots with three holes to play in the final round, Barber made putts of 20ft on the 16th hole, 40ft on the 17th and 60ft on the 18th to force a play-off from which he would prevail for his only Major title.

1990 US Open

45 years, 15 days

A 45ft birdie putt on the 18th green prompted wild celebrations from Irwin and sent him into a play-off with Mike Donald. Irwin would win the play-off to claim his third and final Major.

1967 British Open

44 years, 93 days

Shrugging off challenges from Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, De Vicenzo mastered the links at Hoylake to win his solitary Major title at the age of 44.

1914 British Open

44 years, 41 days

Vardon's victory in the 1914 British Open saw him claim his sixth and final Claret Jug. In 1920, as a 50-year-old, Vardon finished runner-up in the US Open.

1986 US Open

43 years, 9 months, 11 days

Floyd started the final day three shots behind Greg Norman, but a four-under-par round of 66 saw him finish the tournament at one-under -- the only player in the entire field to break par over four rounds.

1920 US Open

43 years, 4 months, 16 days

Notable for his big moustache, trilby hat, and propensity to play golf with a pipe stuck firmly in his mouth, the iconic Ray beat fellow British veteran Harry Vardon into second place at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

1963 US Open

43 years, 3 months, 20 days

Boros defeated Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit in a play-off having finished the tournament with a four-round total of 293 -- nine-over par, the highest Major-winning score in the post-war era.

1864 British Open

43 years, three months

1864 marked the first year that the British Open awarded prize money. Aged 43, as winner, Old Tom took home the princely sum of £6 in addition to the Championship Belt.

1995 Masters

43 years, 88 days

Defeating Davis Love III by a stroke, Crenshaw won his second Green Jacket aged 43. An emotional Crenshaw dedicated the victory to his mentor Harvey Penick, who had died just days before the tournament.

2011 British Open

42 years, 337 days

At the 20th time of asking -- a record number of appearances for a player winning his first Open -- Clarke finally laid hands on the Claret Jug at the age of 42 years and 337 days, making him the oldest European Tour member to win a Major.

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