Regions Tradition Winners and History

 

Regions GreystoneThe Regions Tradition is the “Fifth Major” for the Champions Tour, along with the US Senior Open, the Senior Open Championship, the Senior PGA and the Senior Players Championship.

The field at the Regions Tradition consists of 81 Champions Tour professionals. Eligibility includes

  • The top 20 players from last year’s money list
  • The top 30 from the All Time money list
  • Winners of approved Champions Tour events in the past year
  • Winners of Major Championships in the previous five years
  • Players eligible under World Golf Hall of Fame rules
  • The top four available and not otherwise exempt from this year’s money list.
  • Additional players needed to fill the field, alternating between the All Time money list and the previous year’s money list.

First played in 1989, the tournament originally was held on the Cochise Course of the Golf Club at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale. Don Bies won the inaugural title.

In 2011, the Tradition replaced the Regions Charity Classic, which had been an Alabama staple since 1992.

Current sponsor Regions Financial is a consumer and commercial banking firm with offices across the south, midwest and Texas.

The current venue for the championship is Greystone Golf and Country Club. The Founders Course was designed by Bob Cupp and Hubert Green.

The previous venue, Shoal Creek, was the object of some controversy in 1990 when civil rights groups protested the club’s lack of minority membership prior to the PGA Championship. Under pressure, the club admitted a single African-American member, local businessman Louis J. Willie. The incident prompted the USGA and PGA to adopt rules requiring membership diversity at courses hosting events.

A complete list of Regions Tradition Past Winners follows:

Year Champion Course
Regions Tradition
2017 Bernhard Langer Greystone G&CC, Alabama
2016 Bernhard Langer Greystone G&CC, Alabama
2015  Jeff Maggert Shoal Creek G&CC, Alabama
2014 Kenny Perry Shoal Creek G&CC, Alabama
2013 David Frost Shoal Creek G&CC, Alabama
2012 Tom Lehman (2) Shoal Creek G&CC, Alabama
2011 Tom Lehman Shoal Creek G&CC, Alabama
JELD-WEN Tradition
2010 Fred Funk (2) Crosswater Club, Oregon
2009 Mike Reid Crosswater Club, Oregon
2008 Fred Funk Crosswater Club, Oregon
2007 Mark McNulty Crosswater Club, Oregon
2006 Eduardo Romero The Reserve Vineyards & G.C., Oregon
2005 Loren Roberts The Reserve Vineyards & G.C., Oregon
2004 Craig Stadler The Reserve Vineyards & G.C., Oregon
2003 Tom Watson The Reserve Vineyards & G.C., Oregon
The Countrywide Tradition
2002 Jim Thorpe Superstition Mountain G&CC, Arizona
2001 Doug Tewell Golf Club at Desert Mountain, Arizona
2000 Tom Kite Golf Club at Desert Mountain, Arizona
The Tradition presented by Countrywide
1999 Graham Marsh Golf Club at Desert Mountain, Arizona
1998 Gil Morgan (2) Golf Club at Desert Mountain, Arizona
1997 Gil Morgan  Golf Club at Desert Mountain, Arizona
The Tradition
1996 Jack Nicklaus (4) Golf Club at Desert Mountain
1995 Jack Nicklaus (3) Golf Club at Desert Mountain
1994 Raymond Floyd Golf Club at Desert Mountain
1993 Tom Shaw Golf Club at Desert Mountain
1992 Lee Trevino Golf Club at Desert Mountain
The Tradition at Desert Mountain
1991 Jack Nicklaus (2) Golf Club at Desert Mountain
1990 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club at Desert Mountain
1989 Don Bies Golf Club at Desert Mountain

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