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Senior PGA Championship
Senior PGA Championship
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Tournament information
Location Potomac Falls, Virginia
in 2017
Established 1937, 80 years ago
Course(s) Trump National Golf Club (2017)
Par 72 (2017)
Tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
European Senior Tour
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund $2.8 million
Month played May
Current champion
Germany Bernhard Langer
Potomac Falls is located in the US
Potomac Falls
Potomac Falls
Location in the United States
PotomacFalls is located in Virginia
PotomacFalls
Potomac
Falls
Location in Virginia

The Senior PGA Championship is the oldest of the five major championships in men's senior golf. It is administered by the Professional Golfers' Association of America and is recognized as a major championship by both PGA Tour Champions and the European Senior Tour. It was formerly an unofficial money event on the European Senior Tour, but since 2007 has been an official money event.[1] Winners gain entry into the same season's PGA Championship. The winners prior to 1980, the first season of the senior tour, are not considered major champions of this event by the PGA Tour Champions.

The lower age limit is 50, which is the standard limit for men's senior professional golf tournaments. Like its PGA Tour counterpart, the Senior PGA Championship allows club professionals to enter. The tournament committee invites former winners of the PGA Professional National Championship and the top 35 club professionals who qualify through a tournament. It was a 36-hole event until 1954; after four years at 54 holes, it became a 72-hole event in 1958. In the past, the event has had long spells of playing on a single host course, but currently it is played on a different course each year.

The inaugural event was played 80 years ago in 1937 at Augusta National Golf Club, with 54-year-old Jock Hutchison winning the 54-hole event on Thursday, December 2.[2][3] The second edition at Augusta was reduced to 36 holes due to rain, but had an 18-hole playoff on December 9 to decide the winner, Fred McLeod.[4][5] The next edition was moved to Florida in January,[6] No tournaments were held in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II. The event returned in 1945 at the PGA National Golf Course, where it stayed until 1962. The event moved to different courses in Florida through 2000. Due to scheduling moves, two tournaments were played in 1979 and 1984 and none in 1983, and 1985. It moved from winter to mid-April in 1990 and when it rotated to various sites in 2001, it became a late spring event, played in late May or early June.

Eligibility

Here is who may be eligible to compete in the Senior PGA Championship (provided they meet the age requirement):

  • Any past winner of the Senior PGA Championship
  • Any past winner of a regular major championship
  • Any past member of the United States Ryder Cup team
  • The top 15 finishers in the previous year's Senior PGA Championship
  • The top 50 on the Champions Tour money list (previous year and current year)
  • Any winner of a Champions Tour event since the last Senior PGA Championship
  • The top 35 finishers from the Callaway Golf Senior PGA Professional National Championship
  • Any winner of the previous five U.S. Senior Opens
  • The winner of the last Senior British Open
  • The top eight players from the previous year's European Senior Tour Order of Merit
  • The top four players from the previous year's Japanese Seniors Tour Order of Merit
  • A one-time exemption for those who have just turned 50 and have won a PGA Tour, Japan Golf Tour, or European Tour event in the last 5 years
  • The top 30 on the career money list, both Champions Tour and combined Champions Tour and PGA Tour
  • A one-time exemption for former PGA Professional National Champions turning 50
  • Invitations for those not meeting criteria above also are made

Tournament hosts

Name

The tournament has gone by several different names:

Years Name
2017- KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
2011-16 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid
2001-10 Senior PGA Championship
1990-2000 PGA Seniors' Championship
1984-89 General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship
1937-82 PGA Seniors' Championship

Winners

Year Player Country Venue Score Winner's
share ($)
2017 Bernhard Langer  Germany Trump National Golf Club 270 (-18) 504,000
2016 Rocco Mediate  United States The Golf Club at Harbor Shores 265 (-19) 504,000
2015 Colin Montgomerie (2)  Scotland French Lick Resort 280 (-8) 495,000
2014 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland The Golf Club at Harbor Shores 271 (-13) 378,000
2013 K?ki Idoki  Japan Bellerive Country Club 273 (-11) 378,000
2012 Roger Chapman  England The Golf Club at Harbor Shores 271 (-13) 378,000
2011 Tom Watson (2)  United States Valhalla Golf Club 278 (-10) 360,000
2010 Tom Lehman  United States Colorado Golf Club 281 (-7) 360,000
2009 Michael Allen  United States Canterbury Golf Club 274 (-6) 360,000
2008 Jay Haas (2)  United States Oak Hill Country Club 287 (+7) 360,000
2007 Denis Watson  Zimbabwe Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Ocean Course 279 (-9) 360,000
2006 Jay Haas  United States Oak Tree Golf Club 279 (-5) 360,000
2005 Mike Reid  United States Laurel Valley Golf Club 280 (-8) 360,000
2004 Hale Irwin (4)  United States Valhalla Golf Club 276 (-8) 360,000
2003 John Jacobs  United States Aronimink Golf Club 276 (-4) 360,000
2002 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States Firestone Country Club 278 (-2) 360,000
2001 Tom Watson  United States The Ridgewood Country Club 274 (-10) 360,000
2000 Doug Tewell  United States PGA National Golf Club 201 (-15) 324,000
1999 Allen Doyle  United States PGA National Golf Club 274 (-14) 315,000
1998 Hale Irwin  United States PGA National Golf Club 275 (-13) 270,000
1997 Hale Irwin  United States PGA National Golf Club 274 (-14) 216,000
1996 Hale Irwin  United States PGA National Golf Club 280 (-8) 198,000
1995 Raymond Floyd  United States PGA National Golf Club 277 (-11) 180,000
1994 Lee Trevino (2)  United States PGA National Golf Club 279 (-9) 115,000
1993 Tom Wargo  United States PGA National Golf Club 275 (-13) 110,000
1992 Lee Trevino  United States PGA National Golf Club 278 (-10) 100,000
1991 Jack Nicklaus  United States PGA National Golf Club 271 (-17) 85,000
1990 Gary Player (3)  South Africa PGA National Golf Club 281 (-7) 75,000
1989 Larry Mowry  United States PGA National Golf Club 281 (-7) 72,000
1988 Gary Player  South Africa PGA National Golf Club 284 (-4) 63,000
1987 Chi-Chi Rodríguez  United States PGA National Golf Club 282 (-6) 47,000
1986 (Feb.) Gary Player  South Africa PGA National Golf Club 281 (-7) 45,000
1984 (Dec.) Peter Thomson  Australia PGA National Golf Club 286 (-2) 40,000
1984 (Jan.) Arnold Palmer (2)  United States PGA National Golf Club 282 (-6) 35,000
1982 (Dec.) Don January (2)  United States PGA National Golf Club 288 (E) 25,000
1981 Miller Barber  United States Turnberry Isle Resort and Club 281 (-7) 20,000
1980 Arnold Palmer  United States Turnberry Isle Resort and Club 289 (+1) 20,000
1979 (Dec.) Don January  United States Turnberry Isle Resort and Club 270 (-18) 15,000
1979 (Feb.) Jack Fleck  United States Walt Disney World 289 (+1) 8,000
1978 Joe Jimenez  United States Walt Disney World 286 (-2) 8,000
1977 Julius Boros (2)  United States Walt Disney World 283 (-5) 7,500
1976 Pete Cooper  United States Walt Disney World 283 (-5) 7,500
1975 Charlie Sifford  United States Walt Disney World 280 (-8) 7,500
1974 Roberto DeVicenzo  Argentina Port St. Lucie Country Club 273 (-15) 4,000
1973 Sam Snead (6)  United States PGA National Golf Club (old) 268 (-20) 4,000
1972 Sam Snead  United States PGA National Golf Club (old) 286 (-2) 4,000
1971 Julius Boros  United States PGA National Golf Club (old) 285 (-3) 4,000
1970 Sam Snead  United States PGA National Golf Club (old) 290 (+2) 4,000
1969 Tommy Bolt  United States PGA National Golf Club (old) 278 (-10) 4,000
1968 Chandler Harper  United States PGA National Golf Club (old) 279 (-9) 4,000
1967 Sam Snead  United States PGA National Golf Club (old) 279 (-9) 4,000
1966 Fred Haas  United States PGA National Golf Club (old) 286 (-2) 3,000
1965 Sam Snead  United States Fort Lauderdale Country Club 278 (-9) 3,500
1964 Sam Snead  United States PGA National Golf Club (old) 279 (-9) 2,500
1963 Herman Barron  United States Port St. Lucie Country Club 272 (-16) 2,500
1962 Paul Runyan (2)  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 278 (-10) 2,000
1961 Paul Runyan  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 278 (-10) 1,500
1960 Dick Metz  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 284 (-4) 1,500
1959 Willie Goggin  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 284 (-4) 1,200
1958 Gene Sarazen (2)  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 288 (E) 1,200
1957 Al Watrous (3)  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 210 (-6) 1,000
1956 Pete Burke  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 215 (-1) 1,000
1955 Mortie Dutra  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 213 (-3) 1,000
1954 Gene Sarazen  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 214 (-2) 1,000
1953 Harry Schwab  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 142 (-2)
1952 Ernie Newnham  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 146 (+2)
1951 Al Watrous  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 142 (-2)
1950 Al Watrous  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 142 (-2)
1949 Marshall Crichton  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 145 (+1)
1948 Charles McKenna  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 141 (-3)
1947 Jock Hutchison (2)  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 145 (+1)
1946 Eddie Williams (3)  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 146 (+2)
1945 Eddie Williams  United States PGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club) 148 (+4)
1943-44: No championships due to World War II
1942 Eddie Williams  United States Fort Myers Country Club 138 (-6)
1941 Jack Burke Sr.  United States Bobby Jones Golf Complex
Sarasota Country Club
142 (E)
1940 (Jan.) Otto Hackbarth  United States Bobby Jones Golf Complex
Sarasota Country Club
146 (+4)
1938 (Dec.) Fred McLeod  Scotland Augusta National Golf Club 154 (+10)
1937 Jock Hutchison  United States Augusta National Golf Club 223 (+7)

Source:[7]

Multiple winners

The following men have won the Senior PGA Championship more than once, through 2017:

Winners of both PGA Championship and Senior PGA Championship

The following men have won both the PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship, the majors run by the PGA of America:

Player PGA Championship Senior PGA Championship
Jock Hutchison 1920 1937, 1947
Gene Sarazen 1922, 1923, 1933 1954, 1958
Paul Runyan 1934, 1938 1961, 1962
Sam Snead 1942, 1949, 1951 1964, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1973
Chandler Harper 1950 1968
Julius Boros 1968 1971, 1977
Don January 1967 1979, 1982
Gary Player 1962, 1972 1986, 1988, 1990
Jack Nicklaus 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980 1991
Lee Trevino 1974, 1984 1992, 1994
Raymond Floyd 1969, 1982 1995

Future tournament sites

See also

References

  1. ^ "Strong Seniors contingent head to the United States". PGA European Tour. May 21, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Jock Hutchison wins inaugural senior tourney". Sarasota Herald. Florida. Associated Press. December 3, 1937. p. 5. 
  3. ^ "Hutchison named for golf job here". Sarasaota Herald-Tribune. Florida. July 7, 1940. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Two golfers tie for first place in senior event". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. December 9, 1938. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "M'Leod defeats Hackbarth in seniors' golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. December 10, 1938. p. 22. 
  6. ^ "Hackbarth wins seniors golf crown". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Florida. January 17, 1940. p. 7. 
  7. ^ "Senior PGA Championship Media Guide" (PDF). PGA of America. 2016. pp. 6-64. 
  8. ^ Di Carlo, Angelo (July 25, 2013). "Senior PGA Championship Returning to Benton Harbor in 2014, 2016 and 2018". WNDU-TV. Retrieved 2013. 
  9. ^ "Wednesday Notebook: KitchenAid extends Senior PGA Championship sponsorship". PGA of America. May 25, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Oak Hill to host 80th Senior PGA Championship in 2019". ESPN. Associated Press. April 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Southern Hills CC to host Senior PGA, PGA championships". ESPN. Associated Press. May 30, 2017. 

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