5 Longest Putts in PGA Tour History

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Ben Curtis surprised as many with his 2003 Open win as he did with a 100-foot putt on the PGA Tour - but where does that put him in the list of longest putts.

Ben Curtis on the dancefloor

There is nothing quite like holing a monster putt on the golf course, sometimes to make eagle or on other occasions to scramble an unlikely par, and there have been some mammoth strokes made with the flat stick on the PGA Tour over the years.

Before we get into the top five longest putts in PGA Tour history, I will point out that the putt has to be made from the green to qualify, so those huge efforts that find the bottom of the cup from just off the dancefloor don’t count, unfortunately.

For example, Rickie Fowler’s tracker from 117 feet at the 2010 Open at St Andrew’s doesn’t meet the qualifying criteria…but it’s still nice to have another look at the orange-dressed American’s effort.

Having got the taste for it after that Open moment, we move swiftly onto the start of our top-five list.

5) Chad Campbell – 95 Feet 3 Inches

Campbell has enjoyed a successful career on the PGA Tour, winning four times, while he has also represented the USA in the Ryder Cup on three occasions (2004, 2006 and 2008).

The 47-year-old has produced some fantastic moments and one of these came at the 2015 Northern Trust Open, where he sunk a sensational putt on the 17th hole during his second round from just shy of 96 feet.

It wasn’t a fantastic tournament for the now 47-year-old, who made the cut but could only finish in share of 49th position on +5, some 11 shots off eventual winner James Hahn.

4) Alex Cejka – 96 Feet 2 Inches

Winner of 16 professional tournaments, Cejka etched his name into the history books when he canned a putt from just over 96 feet during round one of the 2011 Northern Trust Open.

Faced with a monster putt on the par-four ninth hole, the German found the bottom of the cup, much to the delight of the crowd, before going on to card a level-par 71 on day one.

However, the 50-year-old, whose best major finish was a fourth-placed effort at the 2003 US PGA Championship, was forced to withdraw from the tournament midway through his second round after picking up an injury.

3) Ben Curtis – 100 Feet 1 Inch

Curtis is best-known for his surprise victory at the 2003 Open, the only major win of his career, but he also produced another moment of magic on the 14th hole on day one of the 2007 Players Championship.

Sitting at one-over-par at the time, the American sunk the long-range effort for birdie to move himself back to level-par and provide a small moment of joy in what turned out to be a dreadful tournament for him.

The 44-year-old missed the cut after struggling to 10-over during the opening 36 holes and he would go on to play golf professionally for another 11 years before deciding to move into teaching.

2) Angel Cabrera – 103 Feet 5 Inches

Cabrera’s two most high-profile moments came in 2007 and 2009, when he won the US Open and Masters respectively, but there are some that may have missed his putt on the 17th during round four of the 2011 Phoenix Open.

The Argentine was out of contention heading into the final round, allowing him to play with more freedom, and he certainly made the most of that when making an eagle at the par-four 17th.

Cabrera managed to make the putt from nearly 104 feet, as he ended the tournament in a share of 49th position on -7, a massive 11 shots behind the winner.

1) Craig Barlow – 111 Feet 5 Inches

You can be forgiven for not recognising the name Craig Barlow, who isn’t a household name in the golfing world, but that may just change after reading about his incredible putt.

In the fourth round of the 2008 Buick Open, the American started off his round in sensational fashion when rattling in a putt from nearly 112 feet to eagle at the par-five first. Talk about making a quick start!

Barlow, a cousin of Brandon Flowers who is the lead singer of The Killers, ended up finishing in a share of 32nd on -10 and he never managed to win a professional event.

Now 48 years of age, he plays on the Korn Ferry Tour in search of that elusive maiden victory.

A single-handicapper, James always offers an interesting insight to the world of golf, with extensive knowledge of both the US and European Tours. James also has a wealth of information about the domestic and international football scene.

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