1997 Senior PGA Tour

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The 1997 Senior PGA Tour was the 18th season since the Senior PGA Tour officially began in 1980 (it was renamed the Champions Tour in 2003). The season consisted of 38 official money events with purses totalling $41,750,000, including four majors. Hale Irwin won the most tournaments, nine. The tournament results, leaders, and award winners are listed below.

Tournament results[edit]

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1997 season. "Date" is the ending date of the tournament. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event. Senior majors are shown in bold.

Date Tournament Location Purse ($) Winner Score 1st prize ($)
Jan 19 MasterCard Championship Hawaii 1,000,000 United States Hale Irwin (5) 209 (−7) 186,000
Feb 2 Royal Caribbean Classic Florida 850,000 United States Gibby Gilbert (6) 202 (−9) 127,500
Feb 9 LG Championship Florida 1,000,000 United States Hale Irwin (6) 201 (−15) 150,000
Feb 16 GTE Classic Florida 900,000 Australia David Graham (1) 204 (−9) 135,000
Feb 23 American Express Invitational Florida 1,200,000 United States Buddy Allin (1) 205 (−11) 180,000
Mar 16 Toshiba Senior Classic California 1,000,000 United States Bob Murphy (11) 207 (−6) 150,000
Mar 30 Southwestern Bell Dominion Texas 800,000 Australia David Graham (2) 206 (−10) 120,000
Apr 6 The Tradition Arizona 1,200,000 United States Gil Morgan (2) 266 (−22) 180,000
Apr 20 PGA Seniors' Championship Florida 1,200,000 United States Hale Irwin (7) 274 (−14) 216,000
Apr 27 Las Vegas Senior Classic Nevada 1,000,000 United States Hale Irwin (8) 207 (−6) 150,000
May 4 Bruno's Memorial Classic Alabama 1,150,000 United States Jay Sigel (3) 205 (−11) 172,500
May 11 The Home Depot Invitational North Carolina 900,000 United States Jim Dent (11) 208 (−8) 135,000
May 18 Cadillac NFL Golf Classic New Jersey 950,000 Australia Bruce Crampton (20) 210 (−6) 142,500
May 25 Bell Atlantic Classic Pennsylvania 1,000,000 United States Bob Eastwood (1) 135 (−5) 150,000
Jun 1 Ameritech Senior Open Illinois 1,200,000 United States Gil Morgan (3) 210 (−6) 180,000
Jun 8 BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland Tennessee 1,300,000 United States Gil Morgan (4) 202 (−14) 195,000
Jun 15 du Maurier Champions Canada 1,100,000 United States Jack Kiefer (2) 269 (−15) 165,000
Jun 22 Nationwide Championship Georgia 1,300,000 Australia Graham Marsh (4) 205 (−11) 195,000
Jun 29 U.S. Senior Open Illinois 1,300,000 Australia Graham Marsh (5) 280 (−8) 232,500
Jul 6 Kroger Senior Classic Ohio 1,000,000 United States Jay Sigel (4) 195 (−18) 150,000
Jul 13 Ford Senior Players Championship Michigan 1,800,000 United States Larry Gilbert (3) 274 (−14) 270,000
Jul 20 Burnet Senior Classic Minnesota 1,350,000 United States Hale Irwin (9) 199 (−17) 202,500
Jul 27 Franklin Quest Championship Utah 1,000,000 United States Dave Stockton (14) 201 (−15) 150,000
Aug 3 BankBoston Classic Massachusetts 1,000,000 United States Hale Irwin (10) 203 (−13) 150,000
Aug 10 Northville Long Island Classic New York 1,000,000 United States Dana Quigley (1) 204 (−12) 150,000
Aug 17 First of America Classic Michigan 1,000,000 United States Gil Morgan (5) 207 (−9) 150,000
Aug 24 Saint Luke's Classic Missouri 1,000,000 United States Bruce Summerhays (1) 199 (−11) 150,000
Aug 31 Pittsburgh Senior Classic Pennsylvania 1,100,000 South Africa Hugh Baiocchi (1) 206 (−10) 165,000
Sep 7 Bank One Classic Kentucky 800,000 Argentina Vicente Fernandez (2) 203 (−13) 120,000
Sep 14 Boone Valley Classic Missouri 1,300,000 United States Hale Irwin (11) 200 (−16) 195,000
Sep 21 Comfort Classic Indiana 1,050,000 Australia David Graham (3) 200 (−16) 157,500
Sep 28 Emerald Coast Classic Florida 1,100,000 Japan Isao Aoki (7) 196 (−14) 165,000
Oct 5 Vantage Championship North Carolina 1,500,000 United States Hale Irwin (12) 195 (−18) 225,000
Oct 12 The Transamerica California 800,000 United States Dave Eichelberger (3) 205 (−11) 120,000
Oct 19 Hyatt Regency Maui Kaanapali Classic Hawaii 850,000 United States Hale Irwin (13) 200 (−13) 127,500
Oct 26 Raley's Gold Rush Classic California 900,000 United States Bob Eastwood (2) 204 (−12) 135,000
Nov 2 Ralphs Senior Classic California 1,000,000 United States Gil Morgan (6) 198 (−15) 150,000
Nov 9 Energizer Senior Tour Championship South Carolina 1,850,000 United States Gil Morgan (7) 272 (−16) 328,000

Source:[1]

Leaders[edit]

Scoring Average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Hale Irwin  United States 68.92
2 Gil Morgan  United States 69.29
3 Isao Aoki  Japan 70.03
4 Jay Sigel  United States 70.37
5 John Bland  South Africa 70.39

Source:[2]

Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Events Wins
1 Hale Irwin  United States 2,343,364 23 9
2 Gil Morgan  United States 2,160,562 25 6
3 Isao Aoki  Japan 1,410,499 28 1
4 Jay Sigel  United States 1,294,838 31 2
5 David Graham  Australia 1,173,579 30 3

Source:[3]

Career Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Wins
1 Lee Trevino  United States 7,449,561 27
2 Bob Charles  New Zealand 7,244,675 23
3 Jim Colbert  United States 7,126,797 18
4 Dave Stockton  United States 6,636,029 14
5 Mike Hill  United States 6,336,905 18

Source:[4]

Awards[edit]

Award Winner Country
Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) Hale Irwin  United States
Money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) Hale Irwin  United States
Scoring leader (Byron Nelson Award) Hale Irwin  United States
Rookie of the Year Gil Morgan  United States
Comeback Player of the Year George Archer  United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Champions Tour Media Guide: Section 5: All-Time Records". PGA Tour. p. 30–31. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Scoring Average – 1997 Senior PGA Tour". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Money Leaders – 1997 Senior PGA Tour". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Career Money Leaders – 1997 Senior PGA Tour". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 

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