European Senior Tour

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Legends Tour
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2022 European Senior Tour
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Legends Tour logo
FormerlyEuropean Seniors Tour
Staysure Tour
SportGolf
Founded1992
CEOPhil Harrison
CountriesBased in Europe[a]
Most titlesOrder of Merit titles:
5: England Tommy Horton
Tournament wins:
25: England Carl Mason
TV partner(s)Sky Sports (UK)
Related
competitions
European Tour
Official websitehttps://www.legendstour.com/

The Legends Tour is the current branding of the European Senior Tour, a professional tour for male golfers aged 50 and over, run by the PGA European Tour. The tour was branded as the Staysure Tour for the 2018 and 2019 seasons after UK-based insurance company Staysure became the first-ever title sponsors of the senior tour in December 2017.[1][2] The tour was relaunched as the Legends Tour[3][4] in 2020, after Ryan Howsam, founder and owner of Staysure, took majority ownership in a joint venture with the European Tour.

History[edit]

The Tour was founded in 1992 after calls from 60 leading professionals five years after the first Senior Open Championship in 1987. The highest profile event in Europe is the Senior British Open Championship, which is co-sanctioned by PGA Tour Champions and was played on the Old Course at St Andrews for the first time in 2018. The European Tour co-sanctions the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open. Prize money in the latter does not count towards the Order of Merit, but since 2007 the former has been an official money event.[5]

Tour schedules[edit]

The table below summarises the development of the tour since 1999, which was the year that the euro became the currency of record for the tour. Individual tournaments have purses fixed in a mixture of British pounds, euros and U.S. dollars, so year on year changes in the total prize fund reflect exchange rate fluctuations as well as prize fund movements in constant currencies.

Year Tournaments Total purse (€)
2022 16
2021 10
2020 Cancelled - Covid19
2019 19
2018 19
2017 15
2016 13
2015 12 12,030,299
2014 14 6,957,767
2013 16 5,089,169
2012 16 7,454,025
2011 22 8,971,738
2010 21 9,043,584
2009 16 7,045,769
2008 18 7,729,284
2007 19 8,305,947
2006 17 6,346,453
2005 21 7,019,820
2004 20 6,340,626
2003 20 6,041,828
2002 19 5,497,811
2001 20 6,539,844
2000 20 4,714,254
1999 17 3,266,041

Order of Merit winners[edit]

The winner of the Order of Merit is awarded the John Jacobs Trophy.[6][7]

Year Player Points
2022 South Africa James Kingston 2,845
2021 Wales Stephen Dodd 1,830
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019 Wales Phillip Price 2,888
Year Player Prize money ()
2018 England Paul Broadhurst (2) 547,793
2017 United States Clark Dennis 222,055
2016 England Paul Broadhurst 399,285
2015 Scotland Colin Montgomerie (2) 679,147
2014 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 624,543
2013 England Paul Wesselingh 311,644
2012 England Roger Chapman 356,751
2011 Australia Peter Fowler 302,327
2010 Thailand Boonchu Ruangkit 266,609
2009 Scotland Sam Torrance (3) 170,696
2008 Wales Ian Woosnam 320,120
2007 England Carl Mason (3) 412,376
2006 Scotland Sam Torrance (2) 347,525
2005 Scotland Sam Torrance 277,421
2004 England Carl Mason (2) 354,743
2003 England Carl Mason 350,242
2002 Japan Seiji Ebihara 330,211
2001 Australia Ian Stanley 287,025
2000 Australia Noel Ratcliffe 163,167
1999 England Tommy Horton (5) 138,944
1998 England Tommy Horton (4) 178,719
1997 England Tommy Horton (3) 221,798
1996 England Tommy Horton (2) 186,473
1995 Scotland Brian Barnes 89,068
1994 England John Morgan 80,093
1993 England Tommy Horton 79,709
1992 South Africa John Fourie 66,998

Leading career money winners[edit]

The table below shows the top ten career money leaders on the European Senior Tour as of the end of the 2018 season.

Rank Player Prize money ()
1 Germany Bernhard Langer 2,811,071
2 England Carl Mason 2,757,126
3 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 1,943,628
4 England Nick Job 1,653,634
5 Australia Peter Fowler 1,652,178
6 England Barry Lane 1,571,534
7 United States Tom Watson 1,570,663
8 Scotland Sam Torrance 1,560,985
9 England Tommy Horton 1,527,506
10 Scotland Bill Longmuir 1,472,192

There is a full list that is updated after each tournament on the European Tour's website here.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Schedules have included events outside Europe; in Asia, Africa, Australasia and North America.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ground-breaking joint venture creates new Legends Tour". PGA European Tour. 1 September 2020.
  2. ^ "Staysure to become first title sponsor of the European Senior Tour". PGA European Tour. 7 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Legends Tour Website - Ryan Howsam – the businessman with a vision". www.legendstour.com. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  4. ^ "Staysure Tour to become Legends Tour in unique agreement". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  5. ^ "Strong Seniors contingent head to the United States". PGA European Tour. 21 May 2007. Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 27 May 2007.
  6. ^ "John Jacobs Trophy winners". PGA European Tour. 14 October 2014.
  7. ^ "European Senior Tour Order of Merit winners 1992 - 2015". PGA European Tour. 14 October 2014.

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