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Miller Barber dies at age 82
Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Hazymac, 6/12/2013 10:56:28 PM

Miller Barber, the unique-swinging golfer who made the most combined starts on the PGA and Champions tours, has died. He was 82. The PGA Tour said Wednesday that Barber died Tuesday. The tour didn´t provide details of the death. Barber, nicknamed "Mr. X," played in 1,297 tournaments on the PGA Tour and 50-and-over circuit. He won 11 times in 694 PGA Tour starts and added 24 victories in 603 events on the Champions Tour. "We are saddened by the passing of Miller Barber," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. "He was a wonderful player

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This loss affects me personally. Miller Barber, who had a long and successful career on the PGA and Champions Tours, was know as the "Mysterious Mr. X." He was a totally gracious gentleman, not just liked but loved by all of his fellow players. Along with Gay Brewer, he had one of the two most unusual backswings on Tour, although he always was in perfect position at impact (see my "lesson" reply #6 at http://lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=739602.) I send my condolences to his family. Miller will be missed. A wonderful man.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Newtsche, 6/12/2013 11:44:52 PM     (No. 9373376)

Thanks for posting this, HM, the Mysterious Mr. X was a long time favorite and not just because he, Jerry and I shared a common name. Correct me if I´m wrong, Miller played in a different time when the pros hung out together between rounds but not Barber who stayed in his room, appeared at the first tee, played well and went away again. Kinda flies in the face of what the article suggests, I´m guessing the mysterious man decided to gild the mystery. ;-)


RIP Mr. Barber



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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hazymac, 6/13/2013 12:05:59 AM     (No. 9373392)

Back in the early days of his career--we´re going back over fifty years--Miller Barber did his thing on the golf course, always wearing those aviator sunglasses, then he vanished, hence the Mysterious Mr. X. The other pros would go to dinner together and when the meal was finished they would gather around and play bridge or backgammon before the Sandman checked them in.

Barber didn´t marry as early in life as some of his fellow pros, but when he did he was a good husband and father, and as he got older he spent a lot of time with younger pros, giving them the benefit of his experience and the excellence of his company. I have been amazed at his cool demeanor after some galleryite did something unexpected, when many other pros would not have handled it very well. A natural diplomat, Miller could have defused a tête à tête between the two hottest heads in the world. The other pros really loved him.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 6/13/2013 12:09:06 AM     (No. 9373395)

RIP. He seemed l

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Reply 4 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 6/13/2013 12:14:20 AM     (No. 9373398)

like a very nice fellow and was an excellent player. I never heard a bad word about him.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: StuartL, 6/13/2013 3:01:54 AM     (No. 9373460)

“A wonderful player… a totally gracious gentleman, not just liked but loved… a good husband and father… a natural diplomat…”

One could have a far, far worse epitaph. Indeed, it would seem that Mr. Barber was a man from an earlier, much more gracious age. Well done, sir, and rest well.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: fysammy, 6/13/2013 7:56:44 AM     (No. 9373634)

Someone said that they didn´t know if Barber was swinging a golf club or opening an umbrella.

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