Senior Open Championship
|Location|| United Kingdom
|Established||1987, 31 years ago|
|Course(s)||Royal Porthcawl Golf Club,
|Length||7,065 yards (6,460 m) (2017)|
|Organized by||The R&A|
|Tour(s)||European Senior Tour
PGA Tour Champions
|Prize fund||₤1.5 million
|Tournament record score|
|Aggregate||263 Tom Watson (2003)|
|To par||−18 Bernhard Langer (2014)|
The Senior Open Championship, or simply The Senior Open (and originally known as the Senior British Open) is a professional golf tournament for players aged 50 and over. It is run by The R&A, the same body that organises The Open Championship. Prize money won in the event is official money on both PGA Tour Champions (formerly the Senior PGA Tour and Champions Tour) and the European Senior Tour. The purse, which is fixed in United States dollars, was $2 million in 2011, with a winner's share of $315,600. For sponsorship reasons, it is currently known as The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex.
The tournament was first held 31 years ago in 1987 and became part of the European Seniors Tour schedule in 1992. In late 2002 it was designated as the fifth major championship on the Champions Tour schedule. All winners before 2003 were not retroactively designated as Champions Tour major winners. Winners gain entry into the following season's Open Championship. The event is usually held the week following The Open Championship, although in 1991 it was held the week before the Open and in 1998 it was held in August, three weeks after the Open.
The standard field size is 144 players and an 18-hole qualifying round is held at the championship course on the Monday before the tournament, with a minimum of 24 places available. If fewer than 120 exempt players enter, the field is filled to 144 with more high finishers from qualifying. If more than 120 exempt players enter, the top 24 finishers earn entry even if it causes the field to expand beyond 144.
|The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex (senior major championship)|
|2017||Bernhard Langer (3)||Germany||Royal Porthcawl||280||−4||3 strokes||Corey Pavin|
|2016||Paul Broadhurst||England||Carnoustie||277||−11||2 strokes||Scott McCarron|
|2015||Marco Dawson||United States||Sunningdale||264||−16||1 stroke||Bernhard Langer|
|2014||Bernhard Langer (2)||Germany||Royal Porthcawl||266||−18||13 strokes||Colin Montgomerie|
|2013||Mark Wiebe||United States||Royal Birkdale||271||−9||Playoff||Bernhard Langer|
|The Senior Open Championship|
|2012||Fred Couples||United States||Turnberry||271||−9||2 strokes||Gary Hallberg|
|2011||Russ Cochran||United States||Walton Heath||276||−12||2 strokes||Mark Calcavecchia|
|The Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard|
|2010||Bernhard Langer||Germany||Carnoustie||279||−5||1 stroke||Corey Pavin|
|2009||Loren Roberts (2)||United States||Sunningdale||268||−12||Playoff|| Fred Funk
|2008||Bruce Vaughan||United States||Royal Troon||278||−6||Playoff||John Cook|
|The Senior Open Championship presented by Aberdeen Asset Management|
|2007||Tom Watson (3)||United States||Muirfield||284||E||1 stroke|| Stewart Ginn
|The Senior British Open Championship presented by Aberdeen Asset Management|
|2006||Loren Roberts||United States||Turnberry||274||−6||Playoff||Eduardo Romero|
|2005||Tom Watson (2)||United States||Royal Aberdeen||280||−4||Playoff||Des Smyth|
|The Senior British Open Championship presented by MasterCard|
|2004||Pete Oakley||United States||Royal Portrush||284||−4||1 stroke|| Tom Kite
|Senior British Open presented by MasterCard|
|2003||Tom Watson||United States||Turnberry||263||−17||Playoff||Carl Mason|
|Senior British Open presented by MasterCard (prior to senior major championship status)|
|2002||Noboru Sugai||Japan||Royal County Down||281||−3||2 strokes||John Irwin|
|2001||Ian Stanley||Australia||Royal County Down||278||−6||Playoff||Bob Charles|
|2000||Christy O'Connor Jnr (2)||Ireland||Royal County Down||275||−9||2 strokes||John Bland|
|Senior British Open|
|1999||Christy O'Connor Jnr||Ireland||Royal Portrush||282||−6||3 strokes||John Bland|
|1998||Brian Huggett||Wales||Royal Portrush||283||−5||Playoff||Eddie Polland|
|1997||Gary Player (3)||South Africa||Royal Portrush||278||−10||Playoff||John Bland|
|1996||Brian Barnes (2)||Scotland||Royal Portrush||277||−11||3 strokes|| Bob Charles
|1995||Brian Barnes||Scotland||Royal Portrush||281||−7||Playoff||Bob Murphy|
|1994||Tom Wargo||United States||Royal Lytham||280||−8||2 strokes|| Bob Charles
|1993||Bob Charles (2)||New Zealand||Royal Lytham||291||+7||1 stroke|| Tommy Horton
|1992||John Fourie||South Africa||Royal Lytham||282||−2||3 strokes|| Bob Charles
|Seniors' British Open (prior to European Senior Tour sanction)|
|1991||Bobby Verwey||South Africa||Royal Lytham||285||+1||1 stroke|| Bob Charles
|Volvo Seniors' British Open|
|1990||Gary Player (2)||South Africa||Turnberry||280||E||1 stroke|| Deane Beman
|1989||Bob Charles||New Zealand||Turnberry||269||−11||7 strokes||Billy Casper|
|1988||Gary Player||South Africa||Turnberry||272||−8||1 stroke||Billy Casper|
|Seniors' British Open|
|1987||Neil Coles||England||Turnberry||279||−1||1 stroke||Bob Charles|
- 2013: Wiebe beat Langer with a par at the fifth extra hole. Play was suspended because of darkness after two holes of the playoff and the pair returned on Monday morning to complete it.
- 2009: Roberts beat McNulty with a par at the third extra hole. Funk was eliminated at the first extra hole where Roberts and McNulty had birdies.
- 2008: Vaughan beat Cook with a birdie at the first extra hole.
- 2006: Roberts beat Romero with a par at the first extra hole.
- 2005: Watson beat Smyth with a par at the third extra hole.
- 2003: Watson beat Mason with a par at the second extra hole.
- 2001: Stanley beat Charles with a par at the first extra hole.
- 1998: Huggett beat Polland with a par at the first extra hole.
- 1997: Player beat Bland with a birdie at the second extra hole.
- 1995: Barnes beat Murphy with an eagle at the third extra hole.
Seven players have multiple victories in the Senior Open Championship:
- 3 wins: Gary Player (1988, 1990, 1997), Tom Watson (2003, 2005, 2007), Bernhard Langer (2010, 2014, 2017)
- 2 wins: Bob Charles (1989, 1993), Brian Barnes (1995, 1996), Christy O'Connor Jnr (1999, 2000),
Loren Roberts (2006, 2009)
Winners of both the Open and Senior Open
Three have won both The Open Championship and the Senior Open, the professional majors run by the R&A. Note, however, that the Senior Open was not a major until 2003.
|Player||Open Championship||Senior Open|
|Gary Player||1959, 1968, 1974||1988, 1990, 1997|
|Bob Charles||1963||1989, 1993|
|Tom Watson||1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983||2003, 2005, 2007|
|2018||Old Course||St Andrews||Fife||Scotland||26–29 July|
- "Senior Open Championship: results". PGA Tour. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- Senior British Open now a Major
- Senior British Open elevated to Senior Major
- Inglis, Martin (3 February 2016). "Tom Watson plays key role as Senior Open heads to St Andrews". bunkered.
- "The Senior Open Championship 2017 – Entry Form" (PDF). European Senior Tour. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
- "Senior Open Championship to return to Royal Porthcawl in 2017". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
- Official website
- Coverage on the European Senior Tour's official site
- Coverage on the PGA Tour Champions' official site