111 feet and 5 inches is the longest putt in PGA Tour History. 10 stories and change.
Let’s put that in perspective for a second. Take a 10-story building, put it on its side, and then putt a golf ball the full-length of it into the little hole in the ground. It’s tough to wrap your mind around. That’s for sure.
It couldn’t have been too far-fetched for Craig Barlow, however. Craig just so happens to be the man responsible for the record for the longest putt in PGA Tour history. Mr. Barlow holed the record-breaking putt in the final round of the 2008 Buick Open on the 1st hole.
2008 Buick Open
The 2008 Buick Open was the second to last Buick Open to ever be played since being founded in 1958. Barlow finished the tournament tied for 32nd at 10-under. Kenny Perry took home the trophy shooting a final-round 66 and finishing at 19-under.
The 2008 Buick Open was held at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Michigan, where it was played for the majority of its instances.
Who is Craig Barlow?
After turning pro in 1995, Craig Barlow played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour from 1998-2011. He never won a tournament during his 13-year stint on the pro circuits.
His best finish came at the 2006 U.S. Open when he finished T-26. The 2006 U.S. Open was held at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaronek, NY.
He did not have the best success on Tour in terms of winning tournaments, however he has embedded himself in golf history with the longest putt in PGA Tour history.
Longest Putt in PGA Tour History
Similar to the record for the Longest Drive in PGA Tour History, one might find some discrepancies depending on what you read. As far as we’re concerned, Craig Barlow owns the record for the longest putt in PGA Tour history.
Guinness World Record Putt
Now this “discrepancy” could be just a case of words and context, but you can decide for yourself. Guinness World Records lists the Longest Putt in a major Tournament at 110ft (33.5 meter). From Guinness:
The longest recorded holed putt in a major tournament is 33.5 m 110 ft by; Jack Nicklaus (USA) in the 1964 Tournament of Champions; and Nick Price (Zimbabwe) in the 1992 United States PGA.
We couldn’t find anything from Guinness that mentions Craig Barlow’s putt. Does this mean Guinness is only considering putts that occurred in thise 4 Majors?
As far as we know the 1964 Tournament of Champions is not one of the 4 Majors (Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship). Therefore we don’t think that is the case and Barlow’s putt was never recognized by Guinness.
Another factor in all of this is the use of Shotlink. Shotlink is technology used on the PGA Tour to record each and every shot in real-time. It has been used by the PGA for almost two decades.
Shotlink was not around when Jack Nicklaus sank his 110 ft monster in 1964. The newer technology was being used, however, to capture Craig Barlow’s putt in 2008.
Shotlink has proven itself as an exceptionally accurate measurement tool to record and analyze player statistics. We’re not too sure how accurate they could have been back in 1964.
Longest Putts Ever
Sure, there have been longer putts than 111 ft, but if it didn’t happen in PGA tournament play, it’s not on our radar.
Top 10 Longest Putts in PGA Tour History
|Craig Barlow||111' 5"||2008 Buick Open|
|Angel Cabrera||103' 5"||2011 Phoenix Open|
|Ben Curtis||100' 1"||2007 Players Championship|
|Alex Cejka||96' 2"||2011 Northern Trust Open|
|Chad Campbell||95' 3"||2015 Northern Trust Open|
|Rodney Butcher||93' 4"||2009 Turning Stone Championship|
|Jeff Overton||92' 4"||2009 Phoenix Open|
|Tiger Woods||91' 8"||2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship|
|Jarrod Lyle||91' 0"||2007 Sony Open
|Sren Kjeldsen||90' 0"||2010 Shell Houston|