Fathers & Sons Who Have Won on the PGA Tour
DOES sporting success run in the family? Nelly Korda, who won the KPMG Women's PGA Championship to land her first major, must certainly think so. Her father, Petr Korda, was a formidable tennis player who won the Australian Open in 1998 her brother Sebastian won the Australian Open junior singles title in 2018 and her sister, Jessica, is also a formidable golfer who competes alongside Nelly on the LPGA Tour.
There was a huge amount of attention on Tiger Woods’ son Charlie when the pair played together at the Father and Son Challenge last year, when Charlie proved himself to be a magnificent prospect at the tender age of 11. There is, of course, massive pressures on the shoulders of young men who choose to follow in the footsteps of their famous fathers. Claude Harmon won The Masters. His son, Butch, was unable to emulate Harmon Sr and eventually turned to coaching - with some degree of success, it has to be said.
So how many fathers and sons have managed to win professional golf tournaments? It turns out to be a pretty short list.
Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris
Arguably the most famous father and son combination in golf, Old Tom and Young Tom Morris are the earliest entries on the list. Tom Sr. was a four-time winner of The Open, and son Tom Jr. also won the tournament four times.
Willie Park and Willie Park Jr.
The Parks and Morrises were great rivals back in the day. Willie Sr won four Open Championships. When Willie Jr. won the 1887 Open he joined his father, and he added a second for good measure. Mungo Park, who also won The Open, was the nephew of Willie Sr. and cousin of Willie Jr. They truly were one talented golfing family.
Joe Kirkwood Sr. and Joe Kirkwood Jr.
When Joe Kirkwood Sr. won the 1923 California Open, he became the first Australian winner on the PGA Tour. His son's first win was at the 1949 Philadelphia Inquirer Open. Joe Sr. won 13 PGA Tour titles, Joe Jr. had three. Joe Sr would go on to become one of golf’s most famous trick-shot artists, while his son turned his hand to acting.
Jack Burke Sr. and Jack Burke Jr.
Burke Sr’s first PGA Tour win came at the 1925 Texas PGA Championship, and his son’s maiden victory came 25 years later at the 1950 Rio Grande Valley Open. Both are members of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, and Jack Burke Jr is also in the World Golf Hall of Fame - he enjoyed 16 PGA Tour wins, including the Masters and PGA Championship in 1956.
Clayton Heafer and Vance Heafner
Father Clayton first won the 1941 Mahoning Open, had four PGA Tour wins, made two Ryder Cup teams, and was runner-up in two U.S. Opens. Son Vance won once on the PGA Tour, at the 1981 Walt Disney World National Team Championship.
Julius Boros and Guy Boros
Julius Boros won at the US Open in 1952. He also won the US PGA Championship at the age of 48 in 1968, becoming the oldest winner of a major until Phil Mickelson usurped him at the age of 50 at the 2021 US PGA. Boros won 18 times total, including a second U.S. Open in 1963. Guy Boros only managed one victory, the 1996 Greater Vancouver Open.
Al Geiberger and Brent Geiberger
Al was the first player in PGA Tour history to record a 59 in tournament play, on the way to winning the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. It was one of 11 PGA Tour victories, including the US PGA Championship in 1966. Brent Geiberger won twice on the PGA Tour, first at the Canon Greater Hartford Open.
Jay Haas and Bill Haas
Jay won nine PGA Tour titles, while son Bill has six. Jay made multiple Ryder Cup teams, Bill made multiple Presidents Cup teams, and Bill played in the 2015 Presidents Cup team captained by Jay. Neither won a major, but Bill won the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup title in 2011. Jay's first PGA Tour win was the 1978 Andy Williams-San Diego Open Invitational, Bill's was the 2010 Bob Hope Classic.
Craig Stadler and Kevin Stadler
Craig's first PGA Tour win was at the 1980 Bob Hope Desert Classic, but his biggest success came when he took the Green Jacket at The Masters in 1982. The 1991 Tour Championship is also among Craig's 13 PGA Tour wins. Son Kevin's lone win on the tour was the 2014 Phoenix Open. The Stadlers also each recorded wins on the European Tour.
Bob Tway and Kevin Tway
Father Bob was an eight-time PGA Tour winner, including the 1986 US PGA Championship. His first tour win was the 1986 Andy Williams Open. Son Kevin's first tour win came at the 2018 Safeway Open.
And on the European Tour there have been just two, Antonio Garrido, who won six times, and his son Ignacio, who won twice, and Jose Maria Canizares, who won five times, and his son Alejandro, with a solitary win to his name.
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