Jay and Bill Haas Just Eighth Pair Of Father Son Winners

By now, everyone who follows golf knows that Bill Haas has won the marathon Bob Hope Classic—an event that his father Jay won 22 years ago. That makes them just the eighth father son duo to win in professional golf. The others: (Old) Tom Morris Sr. and (Young) Tom Morris Jr. ; Willie Park, and Willie Park Jr. ; Joe Kirkwood Sr. and Joe Kirkwood Jr. ; Jack Burke Sr. and Jack Burke Jr.; Clayton Heafner and Vance Heafner;  Julius Boros and Guy Boros; Al Geiberger and Brent Geiberger.

Most of the names should be familiar to golf fans. Here’s a synopsis:

Old Tom won the Open Championship in 1861, 1862, 1864 and 1867. Young Tom won the Open Championship in 1868, 1869, 1870 and 1872, before dying tragically young at age 24.

Willie Park, Sr. won the Open Championship in 1860 (the first), 1863, 1866 and 1875. Willie Park, Jr. won in 1887 and 1889.

Joe Kirkwood was an Australian with 16 professional victories in the 1920s and 1930s. Joe Kirkwood, Jr. , won Milwaukee’s Blue Ribbon Open in 1951.

Clayton Heafner has seven PGA Tour victories spanning the 1930s, 40s and 50s. His son, Vance Heafner, won the 1981 Walt Disney World National Team Championship with playing partner Mike Holland.

Jack Burke, Jr. had 16 wins from 1950 to 1963, including the 1956 Masters and PGA Championship. Jack Burke, Sr. won the 1941 Senior PGA Championship.

Julius Boros has 24 professional wins, including the 1952 and 1963 US Open, and the 1968 PGA Championship. Son Guy Boros won the 1996 Greater Vancouver Open.

Al Geiberger, Mr. 59, had 29 wins including the 1966 PGA Championship. Brent Geiberger has won twice on tour.

To be sure, not all of these guys were PGA Tour winners. There was no PGA Tour for the Morrises or Parks. But they were all professional winners.

3 thoughts on “Jay and Bill Haas Just Eighth Pair Of Father Son Winners”

  1. You must have had The Masters on your mind when you gave Julius Boros those two championships.  He won the US Open twice, in 1952 and 1963.

  2. Shouldn’t you have put the Duval’s in here?  I think they won in the same week.  I noticed one other was a senior event.


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