Regions Tradition Winners and History

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Regions Tradition Winners and History

The 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 Winners follows:

YearWinnerScoreTo parMargin of
victory
Regions Tradition
2022Steve Stricker267-216 strokes
2021 Alex Čejka270−18Playoff
2020Canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019 Steve Stricker270−186 strokes
2018 Miguel Ángel Jiménez269−193 strokes
2017 Bernhard Langer (2)268−205 strokes
2016 Bernhard Langer271−176 strokes
2015 Jeff Maggert274−14Playoff
2014 Kenny Perry281−71 stroke
2013 David Frost272−161 stroke
2012 Tom Lehman (2)274−142 strokes
2011 Tom Lehman275−13Playoff
JELD-WEN Tradition
2010 Fred Funk (2)276−121 stroke
2009 Mike Reid272−16Playoff
2008 Fred Funk269−193 strokes
2007 Mark McNulty272−165 strokes
2006 Eduardo Romero275−13Playoff
2005 Loren Roberts273−15Playoff
2004 Craig Stadler275−131 stroke
2003 Tom Watson273−151 stroke
The Countrywide Tradition
2002 Jim Thorpe277−11Playoff
2001 Doug Tewell265−239 strokes
2000 Tom Kite280−8Playoff
The Tradition presented by Countrywide
1999 Graham Marsh136−83 strokes
1998 Gil Morgan (2)276−122 strokes
1997 Gil Morgan266−226 strokes
The Tradition
1996 Jack Nicklaus (4)272−163 strokes
1995 Jack Nicklaus (3)276−12Playoff
1994 Raymond Floyd271−17Playoff
1993 Tom Shaw269−191 stroke
1992 Lee Trevino274−141 stroke
The Tradition at Desert Mountain
1991 Jack Nicklaus (2)277−111 stroke
1990 Jack Nicklaus206−104 strokes
1989 Don Bies275−131 stroke
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