(Sports Network) - Miller Barber, who won 35 times combined on the PGA and Champions Tours, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82.
In his career on the two tours, Barber made nearly 1,300 starts. He was an 11- time winner on the PGA Tour and made 694 starts in that time. After joining the Champions Tour, he started 603 more events and racked up 24 more wins.
"We are saddened by the passing of Miller Barber. He was a wonderful player, who made his mark on the PGA Tour with 11 victories and then really excelled on Champions Tour becoming one of its best players in the Tour's formative years," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement released Wednesday. "Miller and the Champions Tour's other early stars helped establish the Tour and make it the tremendous success it has become. Golf has lost a great man and competitor."
His 24 Champions Tour victories are fourth most in tour history. He won at least once a year from 1981-89.
Barber came closest to winning a major in 1969 at the U.S. Open. He was the third-round leader, but stumbled a 78 and lost by three strokes. That loss came during a run in which he had six top-finished in a seven major span.
He is survived by his wife and five children.