Senior Open Championship Winners and History

Senior Open Championship Winners

The Senior Open Championship dates to 1987, when it was known as the Senior British Open. Run by the Royal and Ancient, it typically is held the week after the Open Championship. The Senior Open Championship is an official event on by the PGA TOUR Champions and the European Seniors Tour. Since 2002, it has been recognized as a major championship on the Champions Tour schedule.

The Senior Open field consists of 144 players aged fifty or older. A hundred and twenty  typically are exempt; the remainder qualify on the Monday before the tournament.

Exemptions for the Senior Open:

  • Any past winner of The Senior Open Championship
  • Past winners of any of the major championships or The Players Championship
  • Winners of the European Tour Order of Merit (now Race to Dubai) in first five years of age eligibility
  • Winners of the BMW PGA Championship in first five years of age eligibility
  • Top 30 from the previous year’s European Senior Tour Order of Merit
  • Top 50 from the European Senior Tour all-time money list as of the start of the tournament
  • Top 30 from the previous year’s PGA Tour Champions money list
  • Top 50 from the PGA Tour Champions all-time money list as of the start of the tournament
  • Top 15 finishers, plus ties, from the previous year’s Senior Open Championship
  • Winners of official events on the European Senior Tour and PGA Tour Champions in the previous two years (starting with the first tournaments after The Senior Open Championship of two years prior)
  • Winners of official events on the European Tour, PGA Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Japan Golf Tour, and Sunshine Tour in first year of age eligibility
  • Past members of Ryder Cup orPresidents Cup teams in first year of age eligibility
  • Winners of the last five editions of all other events recognised as majors by PGA Tour Champions (Senior Players Championship, The Tradition, U.S. Senior Open, Senior PGA Championship)
  • Current holder of the Japan PGA Senior Championship
  • Current Japan Senior Open champion
  • Top four players, not already exempt, in the top 40 of the current year’s European Senior Tour Order of Merit as of the start of the tournament
  • Top eight players, not already exempt, in the top 75 of the current year’s PGA Tour Champions money list as of the start of the tournament
  • Current Seniors Open Amateur Champion
  • Current U.S. Senior Amateur champion
  • Leading amateur in the previous year’s Senior Open Championship who completed 72 holes
  • The Championship Committee may award special exemptions.

A list of Senior Open Championship Winners follows:

Senior Open Championship Winners

YearWinnerCountryVenueScore
The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex
2017Bernhard Langer (3)GermanyRoyal Porthcawl280 (-4)
2016Paul BroadhurstEnglandCarnoustie Golf Links, Scotland277 (-11)
2015Marco Dawson United StatesSunningdale Golf Club, England264 (−16)
2014Bernhard Langer (2) GermanyRoyal Porthcawl Golf Club, Wales266 (−18)
2013Mark Wiebe United StatesRoyal Birkdale Golf Club, England271 (−9)
The Senior Open Championship
2012Fred Couples United StatesTurnberry (Ailsa Course), Scotland271 (−9)
2011Russ Cochran United StatesWalton Heath Golf Club, England276 (−12)
The Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard
2010Bernhard Langer GermanyCarnoustie Golf Links, Scotland279 (−5)
2009Loren Roberts (2) United StatesSunningdale Golf Club, England268 (−12)
2008Bruce Vaughan United StatesRoyal Troon Golf Club, Scotland278 (−6)
The Senior Open Championship presented by Aberdeen Asset Management
2007Tom Watson (3) United StatesMuirfield Golf Links, Scotland284 (E)
The Senior British Open Championship presented by Aberdeen Asset Management
2006Loren Roberts United StatesTurnberry (Ailsa Course), Scotland274 (−6)
2005Tom Watson (2) United StatesRoyal Aberdeen Golf Club, Scotland280 (−4)
The Senior British Open Championship presented by MasterCard
2004Pete Oakley United StatesRoyal Portrush Golf Club, Northern Ireland284 (−4)
Senior British Open presented by MasterCard
2003Tom Watson United StatesTurnberry (Ailsa Course), Scotland263 (−17)
2002Noboru Sugai JapanRoyal County Down, Northern Ireland281 (−3)
2001Ian Stanley AustraliaRoyal County Down, Northern Ireland278 (−6)
2000Christy O'Connor Jnr (2) IrelandRoyal County Down, Northern Ireland275 (−9)
Senior British Open
1999Christy O'Connor Jnr IrelandRoyal Portrush, Northern Ireland282 (−6)
1998Brian Huggett WalesRoyal Portrush, Northern Ireland283 (−5)
1997Gary Player (3) South AfricaRoyal Portrush, Northern Ireland278 (−10)
1996Brian Barnes (2) ScotlandRoyal Portrush, Northern Ireland277 (−11)
1995Brian Barnes ScotlandRoyal Portrush, Northern Ireland281 (−7)
1994Tom Wargo United StatesRoyal Lytham & St. Annes, England280 (−8)
1993Bob Charles (2) New ZealandRoyal Lytham & St. Annes, England291 (+7)
1992John Fourie South AfricaRoyal Lytham & St. Annes, England282 (−2)
1991Bobby Verwey South AfricaRoyal Lytham & St. Annes, England285 (−1)
1990Gary Player (2) South AfricaTurnberry (Ailsa Course), Scotland280 (E)
1989Bob Charles New ZealandTurnberry (Ailsa Course), Scotland269 (−11)
1988Gary Player South AfricaTurnberry (Ailsa Course), Scotland272 (−8)
1987Neil Coles EnglandTurnberry (Ailsa Course), Scotland279 (−1)
A list of Senior Open Championship Winners.

 

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