Although Julius Boros came to the golf course with the air of a man heading to his local fishing hole to spend a relaxing day -- his easygoing manner was matched by a casually elegant swing -- he was at his best in the game's biggest events, particularly the U.S. Open.
Boros was an accountant in Connecticut until he turned pro in 1950 at the age of 30. Despite the late start, he went on to have a long career, sustaining a high standard of play into his late 40s and even his 50s.
He is the oldest man to have won a major title, capturing the 1968 PGA Championship at age 48. He ranked among the top five money winners at ages 47 and 48. And in 1975, at age 55, he lost the Westchester Classic in a sudden-death playoff.
Boros's first of 18 PGA Tour victories came in the 1952 U.S. Open at the Northwood Club in Dallas, where he posted a 68 in the third round and won by four strokes.
Boros also won the World Championship of Golf in 1952 and again in 1955, leading the money list in those years.
Boros had his ups and downs over the next several years, but he hit a high note at the 1963 U.S. Open. He birdied two of the final three holes of regulation to reach a playoff at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, then fired a 70 to beat Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit.
Boros also beat out Palmer in the 1968 PGA Championship, shooting a closing 69 to win by one stroke.
Though the Senior Tour came along a little late for Boros, he played a role in getting it off the ground. He teamed with Roberto De Vicenzo to beat Tommy Bolt and Art Wall in a six-hole playoff at the 1979 Legends of Golf, an event generally credited with spawning the Senior Tour the next year.
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