New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees turned 40 on Tuesday, two days after his eighth profession playoff sport — a victory over the reigning champion Philadelphia Eagles.
If Brees can lead the Saints to a Tremendous Bowl title on Feb. three in Atlanta, he can be the primary quarterback at 40 or over to do it. However Brees is not the one quarterback in his 40s in search of a Tremendous Bowl berth this coming weekend. Whereas his Saints play host to the Los Angeles Rams within the NFC Championship Recreation on Sunday, Tom Brady and the Patriots might be taking up the Chiefs for the AFC crown.
Listed below are 40 different athletes who made a big affect after their 40th birthday (listed by age throughout their final time competing on the highest degree of their sport, or by present age for these nonetheless energetic). A model of this characteristic ran two years in the past to commemorate Jaromir Jagr’s 44th birthday.
Tom Brady, NFL, 41
Earlier than 40: 5 Tremendous Bowl championships and two different appearances within the Tremendous Bowl, to go together with two Most Precious Participant awards, had Brady within the dialogue as the best of all time earlier than he hit 40. Brady is the primary quarterback to lead his group to 5 Tremendous Bowl wins, surpassing his boyhood idol Joe Montana (4) and Terry Bradshaw (4).
After 40: He turned the primary participant to win the league’s MVP award (his third) after turning 40, and led the Patriots to his eighth Tremendous Bowl look, falling simply quick in opposition to the Eagles. Brady continues to say he plans to play till he is 45 and defined why within the “Why Sports activities Issues” podcast: “I’ve had a possibility, based mostly on all of the issues that occurred the final 12 years of my life, to put myself able to obtain issues that nobody else has achieved. So I really feel like I form of have to do it.”
Brett Favre, NFL, 41
Earlier than 40: Lengthy earlier than the “Previous Gunslinger” aged, he established himself as an all-time nice quarterback, profitable a Tremendous Bowl and incomes NFL MVP honors three consecutive seasons with the Inexperienced Bay Packers.
After 40: After “retiring” twice, Favre skilled a rebirth with the Minnesota Vikings in 2009, the season during which he turned 40. He earned his 11th Professional Bowl berth and led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Recreation, the place they misplaced to the New Orleans Saints in time beyond regulation. Favre’s penchant for unretiring turned a operating joke, and the St. Louis Rams contacted him about one other return in 2013. “It is flattering,” Favre mentioned. “However you realize there isn’t any method I am going to do this.”
John Stockton, NBA, 41
Earlier than 40: Stockton, a 10-time All-Star, turned the NBA’s profession chief in assists and steals.
After 40: Stockton turned 40 on the finish of the 2002-03 season and would play yet another season for the Utah Jazz, his 19th with the group, earlier than retiring at 41. He began all 82 video games, averaging 27.2 minutes in his closing season. When he retired, the unassuming level guard did so with out a lot fanfare. “I feel I am completed,” Stockton mentioned. “I knowledgeable these guys and that is the course I am headed. I simply mentioned, ‘I feel it is time to transfer on.'”
Hank Aaron, MLB, 42
Earlier than 40: In 1973, at age 39, Aaron earned his 19th consecutive All-Star choice and completed the season one residence run shy of Babe Ruth’s profession report of 714.
After 40: Aaron stood up to racial insults and demise threats for months with the Atlanta Braves earlier than hitting his 715th residence run on April Eight, 1974, in opposition to Los Angeles. Dodgers saying nice Vin Scully gave a house run name for the ages: “What a wonderful second for baseball, what a wonderful second for Atlanta and the state of Georgia, what a wonderful second for the nation and the world. A black man is getting a standing ovation within the Deep South for breaking a report of an all-time baseball idol.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA, 42
Earlier than 40: The NBA’s all-time main scorer, Abdul-Jabbar was a six-time NBA MVP and a six-time champion whereas enjoying for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.
After 40: The Lakers made it to three NBA Finals, profitable twice, after Abdul-Jabbar turned 40. He was a full-time starter and an All-Star in every of his closing three seasons. When Abdul-Jabbar had his jersey retired in 1990, he joked a few attainable comeback. “I used to be completely constructive I undoubtedly received out of my system the sensation of thrills and chills I get right here,” he mentioned. “I am positive that is what Coach [Pat] Riley was speaking about when he was making an attempt to get me again enjoying.”
Harold Baines, MLB, 42
Earlier than 40: Baines was a sturdy slugger who had the uncommon distinction of getting his quantity retired (by the Chicago White Sox) whereas he was nonetheless an energetic participant.
After 40: In 1999, at age 40, Baines knocked in 103 runs whereas batting .312 for the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians. His earlier 100-RBI season had been in 1985 for the White Sox, giving him the report for the longest span between 100-RBI campaigns. He additionally earned his first All-Star berth in eight years.
Darrell Inexperienced, NFL, 42
Earlier than 40: One of many quickest defensive backs in league historical past, Inexperienced was a seven-time Professional Bowl cornerback and won two Tremendous Bowls with the Washington Redskins.
After 40: Inexperienced, who recorded a minimum of one interception in an NFL-record 19 seasons, picked off 4 passes after turning 40. He performed in all 16 video games in every of his closing two seasons, at ages 41 and 42. Inexperienced celebrated his 50th birthday in 2010 by saying that he ran a 40-yard sprint in Four.43 seconds. “I feel immediately I turned the quickest 50-year-old on the planet!” he tweeted.
Dikembe Mutombo, NBA, 42
Earlier than 40: Well-known for wagging his finger after each blocked shot, Mutombo was an eight-time NBA All-Star and a four-time defensive participant of the yr.
After 40: On March 2, 2007, at age 40, Mutombo had 22 rebounds for the Houston Rockets, changing into the oldest participant in NBA historical past to report greater than 20 rebounds in a sport. “That they had all these younger guys round me,” he mentioned. “I nonetheless received to the ball.” Mutombo averaged 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per sport in three seasons after turning 40.
Jerry Rice, NFL, 42
Earlier than 40: Arguably the best extensive receiver ever, Rice was a three-time Tremendous Bowl champion, a 10-time first-team All-Professional and the NFL profession chief in receptions, receiving yards and landing catches earlier than he turned 40.
After 40: In 2002, the yr Rice turned 40, he caught 92 passes for 1,211 yards, his finest marks since 1996. Rice performed till 2004 and signed a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers for $1,985,806.49 earlier than formally retiring in 2006. He did not accumulate on that ceremonial deal, the quantity of which was derived from his first yr within the league (1985), his uniform quantity (80), the yr (’06) and the group he performed for over his first 16 seasons (49ers).
Ted Williams, MLB, 42
Earlier than 40: Teddy Ballgame was the best hitter who ever lived — and a warfare hero, to boot.
After 40: Williams wrapped up his profession with a ending kick, posting a .316/.451/.645 slash line at age 41 in 1960 for the Boston Crimson Sox. He hit a house run in his closing plate look and, characteristically, declined to tip his cap or in any other case acknowledge the cheering followers, prompting the author John Updike to observe, “Gods don’t reply letters.”
Barry Bonds, MLB, 43
Earlier than 40: Bonds won six Nationwide League MVP awards, was named to 13 All-Star groups and, in 2001, hit an MLB-record 73 residence runs.
After 40: In 2004, the yr he turned 40, Bonds set MLB single-season marks with 232 walks and a 1.421 OPS and won his seventh NL MVP award. He was an All-Star for the San Francisco Giants at age 42 in 2007, his closing season. Allegations that he used performance-enhancing medicine have saved baseball’s profession residence run king out of the Corridor of Fame. On the matter of steroids, Bonds as soon as mentioned, “Docs ought to stop worrying about what ballplayers are taking. … The medical doctors ought to spend their time searching for cures for most cancers.”
Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Monitor and Area and Golf, 43
Earlier than 40: One of many best athletes of all time, she was named Related Press Feminine Athlete of the 12 months six occasions — as soon as for observe and subject and 5 occasions for golf.
After 40: Didrikson Zaharias was the main cash winner on the LPGA Tour in 1951, the yr she turned 40. In 1954, a yr after she had colon most cancers surgical procedure, Didrikson Zaharias earned her sixth AP Feminine Athlete of the 12 months honor after profitable the U.S. Ladies’s Open by a report 12 strokes. “It should present lots of people that they needn’t be afraid of an operation and may go on and dwell a standard life,” she mentioned after her 10th profession main championship. Didrikson Zaharias died from most cancers in 1956.
Robert Parish, NBA, 43
Earlier than 40: The Chief was a nine-time All-Star and an integral a part of the Boston Celtics’ memorable run to three NBA championships within the 1980s.
After 40: Parish completed his profession at 43 with the Chicago Bulls in 1996-97 and have become the oldest participant to win an NBA championship. In one in all his first practices with the Bulls, in accordance to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan, Parish botched a play and was amused to discover Michael Jordan jawing at him. “I advised him, ‘I am not as enamored with you as these different guys. I’ve received some rings too,'” Parish recalled.
Rickey Henderson, MLB, 44
Earlier than 40: Extensively acknowledged because the best leadoff hitter ever, Henderson was a 10-time All-Star and led the American League in stolen bases 12 occasions.
After 40: Though he made his final MLB look with the Dodgers at age 44 in 2003, Henderson performed two extra years in unbiased leagues and by no means willingly retired. He is nonetheless the MLB profession chief in stolen bases and runs. In a convention name main up to his Corridor of Fame enshrinement in 2009, a 50-year-old Henderson mentioned, “In my coronary heart, loving the sport, I’d love to come again and play.”
Warren Moon, NFL, 44
Earlier than 40: Moon had already put collectively a Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame profession by his late 30s, with eight Professional Bowl alternatives and an NFL Offensive Participant of the 12 months award, all after a Canadian Soccer League profession that included 5 consecutive Gray Cup championships.
After 40: His NFL profession was thought to be over by the point he celebrated his 40th birthday, however he had a final hurrah with the Seattle Seahawks in 1997, the yr he turned 41. He was named AFC Offensive Participant of the Week twice that season and earned a ninth Professional Bowl berth after main the NFL in passing yards per sport.
Vinny Testaverde, NFL, 44
Earlier than 40: The primary choose within the 1987 draft was a two-time Professional Bowler. And he is the final quarterback to win a playoff sport for the Cleveland Browns.
After 40: On Dec. 2, 2007, a 44-year-old Testaverde led the Carolina Panthers over the 49ers to turn out to be the oldest quarterback to win an NFL sport and the second oldest to begin one. He had joined the group midseason and won his first begin for Carolina too. “To come back in with three days of preparation and exit and assist a group win a soccer sport and contribute,” Testaverde mentioned, “I am happy with the actual fact I used to be ready to do this.”
David Wells, MLB, 44
Earlier than 40: Ah, Boomer — a pot stomach, a rubber arm, pinpoint management and an ideal sport to his credit score.
After 40: Wells, who made six postseason begins after turning 40, idolized Babe Ruth. Whereas enjoying for Boston at age 42, he realized a careerlong dream by convincing the Crimson Sox to let him put on No. three — Ruth’s quantity — thereby becoming a member of the small fraternity of pitchers who’ve worn single-digit numbers.
Roger Clemens, MLB, 45
Earlier than 40: The intimidating right-hander was named to eight All-Star Video games and won six Cy Younger awards and one MVP award.
After 40: Clemens was named to three extra All-Star groups, won the 2004 NL Cy Younger Award and led the NL with a 1.87 ERA in 2005, the yr he turned 43. Clemens, like residence run king Barry Bonds, has but to be voted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame due to allegations that he used performance-enhancing medicine. Of the suspicions, he mentioned throughout a “60 Minutes” interview: “I ought to have a 3rd ear popping out of my brow; I must be pulling tractors with my enamel.”
Carlton Fisk, MLB, 45
Earlier than 40: By the point he turned 40, Pudge had already been American League Rookie of the 12 months, a 10-time All-Star and the man who hit essentially the most famously body-Englished residence run in World Sequence historical past.
After 40: Regardless of enjoying the sport’s most punishing place, Fisk saved strapping on the catcher’s gear till his was 45. On the time of his retirement in 1993, he held the profession data for video games caught and residential runs by a catcher (though each have since been damaged). When his No. 27 was retired by the Crimson Sox — becoming a member of the No. 72 that already had been retired by the White Sox — he summed up the expertise of the over-40 athlete by saying, “One million years glided by fast.”
Jaromir Jagr, NHL, 45
Earlier than 40: Jagr’s NHL debut was on Oct. 5, 1990, when he was 18, and he recorded his first level — a aim — two days later. Jagr won the Artwork Ross Trophy because the main level scorer within the league 5 occasions.
After 40: Jagr turned the third participant in NHL historical past to rating 750 targets and moved into second in profession factors in 2016. He signed a one-year cope with the Calgary Flames in October 2017; Jagr did not play within the preseason or take a tryout contract as a result of, he mentioned, “After 25 years they know what sort of participant I’m.” He now performs in Czech Republic Hockey League.
Gaylord Perry, MLB, 45
Earlier than 40: Probably the most well-known spitballer since Burleigh Grimes, Perry was additionally top-of-the-line pitchers of his period, with 5 20-win seasons and the 1972 American League Cy Younger Award. He additionally wrote a ebook, “Me and the Spitter,” about throwing spitballs with out getting caught.
After 40: Perry won the 1979 Nationwide League Cy Younger Award for the San Diego Padres throughout the season he turned 40 (and notched his three,000th profession strikeout two weeks after his 40th birthday), going 21-6 with a 2.73 ERA and changing into the primary pitcher to win the award in each leagues. He earned his 300th win — an entire sport — at age 43. He saved on throwing the spitter (and never getting caught) by way of the tip of his profession at age 45. When he retired, he mentioned, “The league might be a bit drier now.”
Pete Rose, MLB, 45
Earlier than 40: The 1963 Nationwide League Rookie of the 12 months and 1973 MVP molded himself into Charlie Hustle, the guts and soul of the Large Crimson Machine.
After 40: In 1982, at age 41, Rose performed all 162 video games for the Philadelphia Phillies and made the NL All-Star group for the second consecutive yr. Three years later, he broke Ty Cobb’s profession hits report. MLB’s final player-manager retired with Four,256 hits and holds the profession data for video games performed, at-bats and plate appearances. As a result of playing on baseball, Rose voluntarily accepted a everlasting place on baseball’s ineligible record in 1989. The ban precludes him for Corridor of Fame eligibility.
Dara Torres, Swimming, 45
Earlier than 40: Torres won 9 swimming medals as a sprinter for the US in 4 Summer time Olympics: 1984, 1988, 1992 and, upon returning to competitors after a seven-year hiatus, 2000.
After 40: Torres got here again once more — 24 years after her first Olympics — and anchored the 4×100-meter freestyle relay to silver on the 2008 Beijing Video games. Torres volunteered for the U.S. Anti-Doping Company’s stiffer testing program alongside the best way, explaining: “I would like individuals to know that I am 41 and I am doing this proper. I am clear.”
Randy Johnson, MLB, 46
Earlier than 40: Johnson was essentially the most dominant left-handed energy pitcher of his era, racking up 5 Cy Younger awards and usually scaring the heck out of opposing batters.
After 40: At age 40, the Large Unit nonetheless had sufficient gasoline within the tank to lead the NL with 290 strikeouts in 2004 — the identical season during which he additionally turned the oldest pitcher in historical past to throw an ideal sport. “Not unhealthy for being 40 years outdated,” he mentioned. “All the pieces was locked in.” He won 17 video games in every of the subsequent two seasons and completed with 303 wins and Four,875 strikeouts, numbers that made him a first-ballot Corridor of Famer.
Nolan Ryan, MLB, 46
Earlier than 40: Probably the most overpowering pitcher in historical past, Ryan already was baseball’s profession strikeout chief with a report 5 no-hitters to his credit score.
After 40: The Ryan Categorical did not decelerate. After turning 40, Ryan led his league in strikeouts 4 consecutive years. With the Texas Rangers, he additionally added two extra no-hitters. And remember he was 46, nearing the tip of his closing season, when he famously used Robin Ventura’s head as a punching bag after Ventura made the regrettable determination to cost the mound after getting hit by a pitch.
Morten Andersen, NFL, 47
Earlier than 40: The soccer player-turned-kicker from Denmark was named to the Professional Bowl seven occasions and acquired first-team All-Professional honors 3 times.
After 40: Andersen performed seven seasons in his 40s, scoring 704 factors and changing 83.7 % of his subject aim tries, and he completed because the NFL’s profession scoring chief. He turned solely the second true kicker in league historical past to earn a Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame induction, in 2017. The opening line from his induction speech: “Good night, Canton, Ohio. Good morning, Denmark.” He completed his profession with the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.
Randy Couture, MMA/UFC, 47
Earlier than 40: A 3-time Olympic wrestling alternate, The Pure switched to blended martial arts and have become the one UFC fighter to win the heavyweight and light-weight heavyweight belts.
After 40: Couture retired in 2005 after getting knocked out by Chuck Liddell within the closing chapter of their epic mild heavyweight trilogy. Couture returned two years later to tackle heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. Couture’s first punch despatched the 6-foot-Eight Sylvia to the canvas eight seconds into the bout, and the 43-year-old challenger won a unanimous determination, taking the heavyweight title for a report third time. “I am not scared to fail. I am not scared to lose. I am not scared to die, for that matter,” Couture as soon as mentioned. “Settle for the worst consequence. … You may be free and battle such as you’re ready to.”
Phil Mickelson, Golf, 48
Earlier than 40: Maybe the perfect golfer of his era not named Tiger, Mickelson won the 2010 Masters — his fourth profession main championship — two months earlier than turning 40.
After 40: Lefty was 43 when he broke by way of in 2013 to win his first British Open, leaving the U.S. Open as the one main to elude him. After getting into the ultimate spherical tied for ninth, 5 photographs off the lead, Mickelson closed with a 66 for a three-stroke victory. “Immediately might be one of the vital memorable rounds of golf I’ve ever performed,” Mickelson mentioned. “It is most likely the best and most troublesome win of my profession.”
George Blanda, NFL, 48
Earlier than 40: Blanda threw for 25,196 yards, 214 touchdowns and scored 1,148 factors as a quarterback/kicker with the Chicago Bears and Houston Oilers — and his first sport with the Oakland Raiders.
After 40: Blanda turned 40 on the day of his second sport with the Raiders and began just one sport at quarterback after that, however he scored 863 extra factors as a full-time kicker. He is the oldest participant in NFL historical past, having retired after the 1975 season at age 48. Blanda holds professional soccer data for many seasons (26) and additional factors (959), however he as soon as mentioned, “The one report I used to be joyful to do away with was the one for essentially the most interceptions, when Brett Favre received that one.”
Chris Chelios, NHL, 48
Earlier than 40: Chelios won three Norris trophies because the NHL’s prime defenseman and was a 10-time All-Star.
After 40: Shortly after turning 40, Chelios appeared in his 11th All-Star Recreation, won a silver medal with the U.S. Olympic hockey group and captured the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Crimson Wings. He completed his profession at age 48 with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010 after 1,651 profession video games, essentially the most by an NHL defenseman. “I could not have performed any longer than I did, and I achieved what I wished to,” he mentioned.
George Foreman, Boxing, 48
Earlier than 40: The 6-foot-Four, 220-pound Foreman was such a feared puncher by his 1974 “Rumble within the Jungle” title protection, many feared 32-year-old challenger Muhammad Ali may get damage. However Ali upset the 25-year-old Foreman along with his improvised rope-a-dope techniques, and Foreman retired by 1977.
After 40: Foreman returned to the ring at 38 after a decadelong absence and fought for an additional 10 years. He ultimately regained the heavyweight title at 45 by knocking out Michael Moorer sporting the identical purple trunks he wore greater than 20 years earlier in his loss to Ali. “I’ve exorcised the ghost as soon as and without end,” Foreman mentioned afterward.
Phil Niekro, MLB, 48
Earlier than 40: Nicknamed Knucksie, Niekro spent his 20s and 30s establishing himself as essentially the most profitable knuckleball pitcher in MLB historical past, constructing a stable profession round an eccentric pitch.
After 40: Niekro recorded 121 wins after turning 40 — an MLB report. He won his 300th sport at age 46, a four-hit shutout during which he averted throwing any knuckleballs till the sport’s closing batter. “I at all times wished to pitch a complete sport with out throwing knuckleballs as a result of individuals thought I could not get individuals out with out throwing them,” he mentioned after the sport. Niekro, who completed his profession with the Braves, continued enjoying to age 48 and was elected to the Corridor of Fame in 1997.
Julio Franco, MLB, 49
Earlier than 40: Franco was a three-time All-Star, won the 1991 AL batting title and amassed greater than 2,000 hits.
After 40: After stints in Japan, Mexico and Korea, Franco hit .285 in in elements of seven seasons with the Braves and the New York Mets. He performed his closing MLB sport at age 49 in 2007. He performed within the Mexican League in 2008 and appeared in seven video games for the unbiased Fort Price Cats in 2014. Final yr, Franco served as a player-manager in a Japanese unbiased league at age 57. “If you happen to’re a sure age, they need to run you out,” Franco mentioned in 2005. “It is easy. Do not stereotype. Are you able to do the job? Sure or no? Take a look at the power.”
Jamie Moyer, MLB, 49
Earlier than 40: Moyer was the quintessential soft-tossing lefty journeyman, quietly discovering a method to get guys out with out wanting notably spectacular.
After 40: Just like the Energizer Bunny, Moyer saved going and going and going. Moyer’s closing win got here on Could 16, 2012, when he was 49 with the Colorado Rockies, making him the oldest pitcher in MLB historical past to report a win and the oldest participant to knock in a run (on a weird two-RBI infield single, no much less).
Martina Navratilova, Tennis, 49
Earlier than 40: Throughout her prime, Navratilova dominated ladies’s tennis, profitable 18 Grand Slam titles in singles, 31 in doubles and 7 in blended doubles.
After 40: After retiring from singles in 1995, Navratilova returned for a second act in 2000 at age 44, joking, “The ball would not understand how outdated I’m.” She won 12 extra doubles titles and three extra blended doubles Grand Slam titles — the final one in 2006, a month shy of her 50th birthday. “Each time we walked on the court docket, it was like a rock live performance,” mentioned Lisa Raymond, one in all Navratilova’s doubles companions.
Bernard Hopkins, Boxing, 51
Earlier than 40: Hopkins had been a minimum of one group’s world middleweight champion for 10 years when he hit 40 and carried a profession mark of 45-2-1 with 32 KOs.
After 40: In 2011, at 46, The Executioner surpassed George Foreman atop the record of oldest world champions by beating Jean Pascal for the WBC mild heavyweight title. Three years later, a 49-year-old Hopkins unified the WBA and IBF mild heavyweight titles with a split-decision win in opposition to Beibut Shumenov. “Cash is nice, however historical past is one thing which you can by no means do away with and act prefer it did not occur,” Hopkins mentioned afterward. Hopkins misplaced his final bout by TKO to Joe Smith Jr. on Dec. 17, 2016.
Gordie Howe, NHL, 52
Earlier than 40: Mr. Hockey helped lead the Crimson Wings to 4 Stanley Cup championships and won six Hart trophies because the NHL MVP.
After 40: Howe earned his 20th and 21st NHL All-Star alternatives after turning 40. He additionally performed alongside sons Mark and Marty in six World Hockey Affiliation seasons and made his closing NHL look at age 52 after the WHA’s Hartford Whalers joined the NHL. At age 69, Howe skated one shift for the IHL’s Detroit Vipers in 1997, marking the sixth decade during which he had performed professionally.
Satchel Paige, MLB, 59
Earlier than 40: Paige performed 18 seasons within the Negro Leagues, together with stints with the Birmingham Black Barons, Pittsburgh Crawfords and Kansas Metropolis Monarchs.
After 40: After MLB was desegregated, Paige performed within the majors at 42 and went 28-31 with a three.29 ERA in six seasons with the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Kansas Metropolis Athletics. At age 59, he pitched three innings — giving up just one hit — for the Athletics in 1965. In all, Paige pitched professionally for 40 years. “Age is a query of thoughts over matter; for those who do not thoughts, it would not matter,” he as soon as mentioned.
Jack Nicklaus, Golf, 65
Earlier than 40: The Golden Bear had won 15 of his report 18 majors and staked his declare on the title of best golfer in historical past.
After 40: Nicklaus won two majors in 1980, the yr he turned 40, however managed simply two PGA Tour victories from 1981 to 1985. On the 1986 Masters, nonetheless, classic Jack was again. The 46-year-old Nicklaus shot a blistering 6-under 30 on the again 9 within the closing spherical to turn out to be the oldest winner within the match’s historical past. “I might need been 46, however my nerves had been nonetheless good.” Nicklaus advised Golf Digest in 2011. “And I didn’t need to depart the sport enjoying poorly.”
Sam Snead, Golf, 70
Earlier than 40: Slammin’ Sammy’s 1952 Masters victory a month earlier than his 40th birthday was his sixth profession main.
After 40: Snead added a seventh main on the 1954 Masters, however which may not be his most spectacular post-40 victory. Snead was lower than two months shy of his 53rd birthday when he won the 1965 Higher Greensboro Open. “I do not really feel very outdated,” Snead mentioned afterward. “In actual fact, proper now I really feel fairly younger.” Greater than 50 years later, he is nonetheless the oldest golfer to win a PGA Tour occasion.
Johnette Howard, Paul Lukas, Arash Markazi, Thomas Neumann, Mike Reiss and Kevin Stone contributed to this story.