Born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the son of an army officer, Ray Floyd Floyd almost became a professional baseball player, but a victory in the National Jaycee Tournament in 1960 fortunately turned him to golf. He joined the PGA Tour in 1963, played in 10 events without even making the cut, but won the 11th, the St. Petersburg Open at age 20 years and five months. He was voted Rookie of the Year and went on to become one of the legends of the game.
That first win made him on the youngest winner in tour history and with a final tour win in 1992, almost 30 years later, at age 49 he also became one the oldest victors. Floyd's career included 22 PGA Tour wins, among them 1969 and 1982 PGA Championships, the 1976 Masters and the 1986 U. S. Open Championship. He won 14 times with the Senior and Champions Tours in a career tallying 62 wins worldwide. He was a member of eight Ryder Cup teams and captain of the 1989 Ryder Cup team.
A member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1989. He was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 1982 and would be joined later by tha Army officer father, L.B. Floyd in 1997.