US Senior Open Winners and History

US Senior Open Winners and History

As far as Majors go, the US Senior Open is a mere babe in arms. First played in 1980, it’s administered by the US Golf Association (USGA). Both the Champions Tour and European Seniors Tour recognize it as a major.

As with the Champions Tour, the US Senior Open’s foundation coincided with Arnold Palmer “aging out” of the regular PGA Tour. The initial age restriction was 55, and at Winged Foot, a who’s who of older golfers playe, including Lew Worsham, Julius Boros, Ed Furgol, Jack Fleck and “Terrible” Tommy Bolt. That first event was won by Argentina’s Roberto De Vicenzo; Palmer won the second.

The following year, the minimum age was lowered to 50, which is the professional standard for the senior tours.

Currently, Allen Doyle is the oldest winner, having won the 2006 Championship just two weeks before his 58th birthday.

Interestingly, players can use a cart if they have a medical exemption.

A complete list of winners follows:

YearChampionVenueScore
2018David TomsBroadmore Golf Club277 (-3)
2017Kenny PerrySalem Country Club264 (-16)
2016Gene SauersScioto Country Club277 (-3)
2015Jeff MaggertDel Paso Country Club270 (−10)
2014Colin MontgomerieOak Tree National279 (−5)
2013Kenny PerryOmaha Country Club267 (−13)
2012Roger ChapmanIndianwood Golf and Country Club270 (−10)
2011Olin BrowneInverness Club269 (−15)
2010Bernhard LangerSahalee Country Club272 (−8)
2009Fred FunkCrooked Stick Golf Club268 (−20)
2008Eduardo RomeroBroadmoor Golf Club274 (−6)
2007Brad BryantWhistling Straits, Straits Course282 (−6)
2006Allen Doyle (2)Prairie Dunes Golf Club272 (−8)
2005Allen DoyleNCR Country Club, South Course274 (−10)
2004Peter JacobsenBellerive Country Club272 (−12)
2003Bruce LietzkeInverness Club207 (−6)
2002Don PooleyCaves Valley Golf Club274 (−10)
2001Bruce FleisherSalem Country Club280 (E)
2000Hale Irwin (2)Saucon Valley Country Club, Old Course267 (−17)
1999Dave EichelbergerDes Moines Golf and Country Club281 (−7)
1998Hale IrwinRiviera Country Club285 (+1)
1997Graham MarshOlympia Fields Country Club280 (E)
1996Dave StocktonCanterbury Golf Club277 (−11)
1995Tom WeiskopfCongressional Country Club, Blue Course275 (−13)
1994Simon HobdayPinehurst Resort, No. 2 Course274 (−10)
1993Jack Nicklaus (2)Cherry Hills Country Club278 (−6)
1992Larry LaorettiSaucon Valley Country Club, Old Course275 (−9)
1991Jack NicklausOakland Hills Country Club, South Course282 (+2)
1990Lee TrevinoRidgewood Country Club275 (−13)
1989Orville MoodyLaurel Valley Golf Club279 (−9)
1988Gary Player (2)Medinah Country Club, Course No. 3288 (E)
1987Gary PlayerBrooklawn Country Club270 (−14)
1986Dale DouglassScioto Country Club279 (−9)
1985Miller Barber (3)Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course285 (−3)
1984Miller Barber (2)Oak Hill Country Club, East Course286 (−2)
1983Billy CasperHazeltine National Golf Club288 (+4)
1982Miller BarberPortland Golf Club282 (−2)
1981Arnold PalmerOakland Hills Country Club, South Course289 (+9)
1980Roberto De VicenzoWinged Foot Golf Club, East Course285 (+1)
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1 thought on “US Senior Open Winners and History”

  1. I’ve always enjoyed going to the US Senior Open. Whenever there is one near me, I try to get out to it. It’s quite an experience to see the greats out there like Palmer, Player, Nicklaus and others.

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