Jim Barnes was born on April 8, 1886 in Lelant, Cornwall, England. He died on May 24, 1966. He is nicknamed as “Long Jim” because of his 6-foot 4-inches height and because of him being the longest hitters at that time. He had 20 Tour Victories and 4 Major Championships. These include the 1916 and 1919 PGA Championships; 1921 U.S Open; and the 1925 British Open. He also is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Barnes was the only winner in the U.S. Open who was awarded with a trophy by President Warren G. Harding in 1921. Before Barnes became a professional assistant at age 15, he worked as a clubmaker and a caddie. He immigrated to San Francisco, U.S. in 1906 and eventually became an American citizen.
In 1914, he started winning major and big events at the pro circuit including three Western Open titles. When the PGA Tour was established in 1916, Barnes was one of the lead players. He won the very first two PGA Championships. He gathered three victories in 1916, two in 1917 where he tied with Mike Brady, five in 1919 and four in 1921. His U.S. Open Title was won by nine strokes. This was the margin record among other players until Tiger Woods broke it after 8 decades later.
He continued to play in the PGA Tour until 1920s and 1930’s. When he turned 53 years old, his final victory was achieved during the 1939 New Jersey Open.
Being one of the veterans in golf history, Barnes wrote a photo book entitled “Picture Analysis of Golf Strokes.” This was patronized as one of the highly sophisticated instructional books in the market that time.