Jim Barnes

Jim Barnes turned professional in 1906 and became known as "Long Jim" for his height of 6 feet 3 inches. Barnes won four majors including the very first PGA Championship at Siwanoy in 1916 as well as the 1919 PGA, the U.S. Open in 1921, and the British Open in 1925. Barnes' 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 was not broken until the year 2000. 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 21 times on the tour in total. In 1940, Barnes was honored as one of the 12 golfers to be inducted in the PGA's inaugural Hall of Fame. In 1989, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Barnes also worked in the Met Section including a stint as the professional of the now defunct Rockwood Hall Club in Tarrytown.

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