The PGA TOUR’S Oldest Events

The PGA TOUR'S Oldest Events Byron Nelson's namesake tournament began in 1944 and is the ninth oldest PGA TOUR event
The PGA TOUR’S Oldest Events Byron Nelson’s namesake tournament began in 1944 and is the ninth oldest PGA TOUR event

The PGA TOUR’S Oldest Events

Although the PGA TOUR as an entity has only been in existence since 1969 — and in name since 1975 — its tournament history extends back to the turn of the last century.

The PGA of America was founded in 1916 as an association of golf professionals. At the time, with a few exceptions (such as Walter Hagen), playing pros were also club professionals.

Money eventually forced a split in 1968 – 1969. You can read more about the origins of the PGA TOUR at the link.

Club pros were playing in tournaments well before 1916, though. Some of those tournaments continue today as official PGA TOUR tournaments, most notably the BMW Championship (Western Open) and the RBC Canadian Open. (Note that the US Open, while older than either of these, is not a PGA TOUR event. It is owned and run by the USGA.)

These days, the tournament names change with the sponsors, and the PGA TOUR retconns the results. The tournament DNAs however, remain.

A list of the oldest PGA TOUR events follows:

Current PGA TOUR EventEstablished
BMW Championship (Western Open)1899
RBC Canadian Open1904
Valero Texas Open1922
Genesis Invitational (Los Angeles Open)1926
Waste Management Phoenix Open1935
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am1937
Wyndham Championship1938
Zurich Classic of New Orleans1938
AT&T Byron Nelson1944
Charles Schwab Challenge At Colonial1946
Vivint Houston Open1946
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