Senior PGA Championship Winners and History

Senior PGA Championship Winners

Senior PGA Championship Winners and History

Inaugurated in 1937 at Augusta National Golf Club, the Senior PGA Championship was organized by none other than Bobby Jones. In the first competition, Jock Hutchison came away with the winner’s share of the $2,000 purse (about $30,000 in today’s money).

The PGA Senior Championship moved from Georgia to Florida in 1940, hoping for better weather. Sarasota hosted two years, and Ft. Myers another before World War II interrupted play. Following the war, the Championship was moved to Dunedin, Florida. The PGA eventually would move its offices there.

From 1945 to 2000, PGA National in Dunedin and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida was the event’s semi-permanent home. Since 2001, however, the event has been on the road: Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ (2001); Firestone Country Club, Akron, Ohio (2002); Aronimink Golf Club, Philadelphia (2003); Valhalla, Louisville, KY (2004); Laurel Valley GC, Ligonier, Pa (2005); Oak Tree GC, Edmond, OK (2006); The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island (2007); Oak Hill CC, Rochester, NY (2008); Canterbury GC, Beachwood, OH (2009) and Colorado GC, Parker, Colo. (2010). The tournament returned to Valhalla in 2011. I

To qualify, players must be at least 50 years old. Other Eligibility requirements follow:

  • 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 Seniors 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

A list of Senior PGA Championship winners follows:

YearPlayerCountryVenueScore
2017Bernhard LangerGermanyTrump National Golf Club270 (-18)
2016Rocco Mediate United StatesThe Golf Club at Harbor Shores265 (−19)
2015Colin Montgomerie (2) ScotlandFrench Lick Resort280 (−8)
2014Colin Montgomerie ScotlandThe Golf Club at Harbor Shores271 (−13)
2013Kōki Idoki JapanBellerive Country Club273 (−11)
2012Roger Chapman EnglandThe Golf Club at Harbor Shores271 (−13)
2011Tom Watson (2) United StatesValhalla Golf Club278 (−10)
2010Tom Lehman United StatesColorado Golf Club281 (−7)
2009Michael Allen United StatesCanterbury Golf Club274 (−6)
2008Jay Haas (2) United StatesOak Hill Country Club287 (+7)
2007Denis Watson ZimbabweKiawah Island Golf Resort, Ocean Course279 (−9)
2006Jay Haas United StatesOak Tree Golf Club279 (−5)
2005Mike Reid United StatesLaurel Valley Golf Club280 (−8)
2004Hale Irwin (4) United StatesValhalla Golf Club276 (−8)
2003John Jacobs United StatesAronimink Golf Club276 (−4)
2002Fuzzy Zoeller United StatesFirestone Country Club278 (−2)
2001Tom Watson United StatesThe Ridgewood Country Club274 (−10)
2000Doug Tewell United StatesPGA National Golf Club201 (−15)
1999Allen Doyle United StatesPGA National Golf Club274 (−14)
1998Hale Irwin United StatesPGA National Golf Club275 (−13)
1997Hale Irwin United StatesPGA National Golf Club274 (−14)
1996Hale Irwin United StatesPGA National Golf Club280 (−8)
1995Raymond Floyd United StatesPGA National Golf Club277 (−11)
1994Lee Trevino (2) United StatesPGA National Golf Club279 (−9)
1993Tom Wargo United StatesPGA National Golf Club275 (−13)
1992Lee Trevino United StatesPGA National Golf Club278 (−10)
1991Jack Nicklaus United StatesPGA National Golf Club271 (−17)
1990Gary Player (3) South AfricaPGA National Golf Club281 (−7)
1989Larry Mowry United StatesPGA National Golf Club281 (−7)
1988Gary Player South AfricaPGA National Golf Club284 (−4)
1987Chi-Chi Rodríguez United StatesPGA National Golf Club282 (−6)
1986 (Feb.)Gary Player South AfricaPGA National Golf Club281 (−7)
1984 (Dec.)Peter Thomson AustraliaPGA National Golf Club286 (−2)
1984 (Jan.)Arnold Palmer (2) United StatesPGA National Golf Club282 (−6)
1982 (Dec.)Don January (2) United StatesPGA National Golf Club288 (E)
1981Miller Barber United StatesTurnberry Isle Resort and Club281 (−7)
1980Arnold Palmer United StatesTurnberry Isle Resort and Club289 (+1)
1979 (Dec.)Don January United StatesTurnberry Isle Resort and Club270 (–18)
1979 (Feb.)Jack Fleck United StatesWalt Disney World289 (+1)
1978Joe Jimenez United StatesWalt Disney World286 (–2)
1977Julius Boros (2) United StatesWalt Disney World283 (–5)
1976Pete Cooper United StatesWalt Disney World283 (–5)
1975Charlie Sifford United StatesWalt Disney World280 (–8)
1974Roberto DeVicenzo ArgentinaPort St. Lucie Country Club273 (–15)
1973Sam Snead (6) United StatesPGA National Golf Club (old)268 (–20)
1972Sam Snead United StatesPGA National Golf Club (old)286 (–2)
1971Julius Boros United StatesPGA National Golf Club (old)285 (–3)
1970Sam Snead United StatesPGA National Golf Club (old)290 (+2)
1969Tommy Bolt United StatesPGA National Golf Club (old)278 (–10)
1968Chandler Harper United StatesPGA National Golf Club (old)279 (–9)
1967Sam Snead United StatesPGA National Golf Club (old)279 (–9)
1966Fred Haas United StatesPGA National Golf Club (old)286 (–2)
1965Sam Snead United StatesFort Lauderdale Country Club278 (–9)
1964Sam Snead United StatesPGA National Golf Club (old)279 (–9)
1963Herman Barron United StatesPort St. Lucie Country Club272 (–16)
1962Paul Runyan (2) United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)278 (–10)
1961Paul Runyan United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)278 (–10)
1960Dick Metz United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)284 (–4)
1959Willie Goggin United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)284 (–4)
1958Gene Sarazen (2) United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)288 (E)
1957Al Watrous (3) United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)210 (–6)
1956Pete Burke United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)215 (–1)
1955Mortie Dutra United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)213 (–3)
1954Gene Sarazen United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)214 (–2)
1953Harry Schwab United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)142 (–2)
1952Ernie Newnham United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)146 (+2)
1951Al Watrous United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)142 (–2)
1950Al Watrous United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)142 (–2)
1949Marshall Crichton United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)145 (+1)
1948Charles McKenna United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)141 (–3)
1947Jock Hutchison (2) United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)145 (+1)
1946Eddie Williams (3) United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)146 (+2)
1945Eddie Williams United StatesPGA National Golf Course (Dunedin Golf Club)148 (+4)
1943–44: No championships due to World War II
1942Eddie Williams United StatesFort Myers Country Club138 (–6)
1941Jack Burke, Sr. United StatesBobby Jones Golf Complex142 (E)
Sarasota Country Club
1940 (Jan.)Otto Hackbarth United StatesBobby Jones Golf Complex146 (+4)
Sarasota Country Club
1938 (Dec.)Fred McLeod ScotlandAugusta National Golf Club154 (+10)
1937Jock Hutchison United StatesAugusta National Golf Club223 (+7)

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