European Senior Tour
|Current season, competition or edition:
2018 Staysure Tour
|Countries||Based in Europe.
Current schedule includes tournaments in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and Mauritius.
The Tour was founded in 1992. In 2008 it had a total prize fund of €7,729,284, so it is much further behind the U.S.-based PGA Tour Champions in relative prize money than the main European Tour is behind the PGA Tour. The highest profile seniors event in Europe is the Senior British Open Championship, which is co-sanctioned by PGA Tour Champions. The European Tour co-sanctions the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open. Prize money in latter does not count towards the Order of Merit, but since 2007 the former has been an official money event.
In 2018, the European Senior Tour was renamed the Staysure Tour after the British insurance company acquired the sponsorship rights.
The 2017 schedule included 15 events, although two of these were PGA Tour Champions tournaments in the United States. Of the remaining events, the Senior Open Championship is the most important and is regarded as a Senior major golf championship. The PGA Seniors Championship was a longest-standing event having been first played in 1957, but it has not been played since 2015. While the above events were contested over 72 holes, the remaining 12 tournaments were played over 54 holes. The schedule started with a tournament in Sharjah, was followed by 10 events in Europe,and finished with the MCB Tour Championship, played in Mauritius.
Past tour schedules
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 (€)|
Order of Merit winners
|Year||Order of Merit leader||Country||Earnings (€)|
|2017||Clark Dennis||United States||222,055|
|1992||John Fourie||South Africa||66,998|
Leading career money winners
The table below shows the top ten career money leaders on the European Senior Tour as of the end of the 2017 season.
|6||Tom Watson||United States||1,552,199|
There is a full list that is updated after each tournament on the European Tour's website here.
- Strong Seniors contingent head to the United States europeantour.com, 21 May 2007.
- "John Jacobs Trophy winners". PGA European Tour. 14 October 2014.
- "European Senior Tour Order of Merit winners 1992 - 2015". PGA European Tour. 14 October 2014.