Senior PGA Championship

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Senior PGA Championship
Tournament information
Location Benton Harbor, Michigan
in 2016
Established 1937, 79 years ago
Course(s) The Golf Club at Harbor Shores (2016)
Par 71 (2016)
Length 6,852 yards (6,265 m)[1] (2016)
Tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
European Seniors Tour
Format Stroke play – 72 holes
Prize fund $2.8 million
Month played May
Current champion
United States Rocco Mediate
Benton Harbor is located in USA
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Location in the United States
BentonHarbor is located in Michigan
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The Senior PGA Championship is the oldest of the five major championships in men's senior golf. It is administered by the Professional Golfers' Association of America and is recognized as a major championship by both PGA Tour Champions and the European Seniors Tour. It was formerly an unofficial money event on the European Seniors Tour, but since 2007 has been an official money event.[2] Winners gain entry into the same season's PGA Championship. The winners prior to 1980, the first season of the senior tour, are not considered major champions of this event by the PGA Tour Champions.

Like its PGA Tour counterpart, the Senior PGA Championship allows club professionals to enter. The tournament committee invites former winners of the PGA Professional National Championship and the top 35 club professionals who qualify through a tournament.

It was founded 79 years ago in 1937, and the inaugural event was played at Augusta National Golf Club, with 54-year-old Jock Hutchison winning the 54-hole event on Thursday, December 2.[3][4] The second edition at Augusta was reduced to 36 holes due to rain, but had an 18-hole playoff on December 9 to decide the winner, Fred McLeod.[5][6] The next edition was moved to Florida in January,[7] and it was 36-hole event until 1954; after four years at 54 holes, it became a 72-hole event in 1958. The championship was played only in Florida from 1940 through 2000. It moved from winter to mid-April in 1990 and when it rotated to various sites in 2001, it became a late spring event, played in late May or early June.

The lower age limit is 50, which is the standard limit for men's senior professional golf tournaments. In the past, the event has had long spells of playing on a single host course, but currently it is played on a different course each year. No tournaments were held in 1943 and 1944 due to World War II. Due to scheduling moves, two tournaments were played in 1979 and 1984 and none in 1939, 1983, and 1985. The tournament has gone by several different names:

Years Name
1937–82 PGA Seniors' Championship
1984–89 General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship
1990–2000 PGA Seniors' Championship
2001–10 Senior PGA Championship
2011–16 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid

Eligibility[edit]

Here is who may be eligible to compete in the Senior PGA Championship (provided they meet the age requirement):

  • Any past winner of the Senior PGA Championship
  • Any past winner of a regular major championship
  • Any past member of the United States Ryder Cup team
  • The top 15 finishers in the previous year's Senior PGA Championship
  • The top 50 on the Champions Tour money list (previous year and current year)
  • Any winner of a Champions Tour event since the last Senior PGA Championship
  • The top 35 finishers from the Callaway Golf Senior PGA Professional National Championship
  • Any winner of the previous five U.S. Senior Opens
  • The winner of the last Senior British Open
  • The top eight players from the previous year's European Seniors Tour Order of Merit
  • The top four players from the previous year's Japanese Seniors Tour Order of Merit
  • A one-time exemption for those who have just turned 50 and have won a PGA Tour, Japan Golf Tour, or European Tour event in the last 5 years
  • The top 30 on the career money list, both Champions Tour and combined Champions Tour and PGA Tour
  • A one-time exemption for former PGA Professional National Champions turning 50
  • Invitations for those not meeting criteria above also are made

Course layout[edit]

2016 yardages

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards 423 174 324 209 573 417 436 384 578 3,518 539 144 412 197 450 549 422 201 420 3,394 6,852
Par 4 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 5 36 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 35 71

Source:[1]

Tournament hosts[edit]

Year Venue Location
2012, 2014, 2016 The Golf Club at Harbor Shores Benton Harbor, Michigan
2015 French Lick Resort French Lick, Indiana
2013 Bellerive Country Club St. Louis, Missouri
2011 Valhalla Golf Club Louisville, Kentucky
2010 Colorado Golf Club Parker, Colorado
2009 Canterbury Golf Club Beachwood, Ohio
2008 Oak Hill Country Club Rochester, New York
2007 Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Ocean Course Kiawah Island, South Carolina
2006 Oak Tree Golf Club Edmond, Oklahoma
2005 Laurel Valley Golf Club Ligonier, Pennsylvania
2004 Valhalla Golf Club Louisville, Kentucky
2003 Aronimink Golf Club Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
2002 Firestone Country Club Akron, Ohio
2001 The Ridgewood Country Club Paramus, New Jersey
1982–2000 PGA National Golf Club Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
1979 (Dec.) –1981 Turnberry Isle Country Club North Miami Beach, Florida
1975–1979 (Feb.) Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida
1974 Port St. Lucie Country Club Port St. Lucie, Florida
1966–73 PGA National Golf Club (old) Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
1965 Fort Lauderdale Country Club Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1964 PGA National Golf Club (old) Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
1963 Port St. Lucie Country Club Port St. Lucie, Florida
1945–62 PGA National Golf Course Dunedin, Florida
1942 Fort Myers Country Club Fort Myers, Florida
1940–41 Bobby Jones Golf Complex
Sarasota Country Club
Sarasota, Florida
1937–38 (Dec.) Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Georgia

Winners[edit]

Year Player Country Score Winner's
share ($)
2016 Rocco Mediate  United States 265 (−19) 504,000
2015 Colin Montgomerie (2)  Scotland 280 (−8) 495,000
2014 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 271 (−13) 378,000
2013 Kōki Idoki  Japan 273 (−11) 378,000
2012 Roger Chapman  England 271 (−13) 378,000
2011 Tom Watson (2)  United States 278 (−10) 360,000
2010 Tom Lehman  United States 281 (−7) 360,000
2009 Michael Allen  United States 274 (−6) 360,000
2008 Jay Haas (2)  United States 287 (+7) 360,000
2007 Denis Watson  Zimbabwe 279 (−9) 360,000
2006 Jay Haas  United States 279 (−5) 360,000
2005 Mike Reid  United States 280 (−8) 360,000
2004 Hale Irwin (4)  United States 276 (−8) 360,000
2003 John Jacobs  United States 276 (−4) 360,000
2002 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States 278 (−2) 360,000
2001 Tom Watson  United States 274 (−10) 360,000
2000 Doug Tewell  United States 201 (−15) 324,000
1999 Allen Doyle  United States 274 (−14) 315,000
1998 Hale Irwin  United States 275 (−13) 270,000
1997 Hale Irwin  United States 274 (−14) 216,000
1996 Hale Irwin  United States 280 (−8) 198,000
1995 Raymond Floyd  United States 277 (−11) 180,000
1994 Lee Trevino (2)  United States 279 (−9) 115,000
1993 Tom Wargo  United States 275 (−13) 110,000
1992 Lee Trevino  United States 278 (−10) 100,000
1991 Jack Nicklaus  United States 271 (−17) 85,000
1990 Gary Player (3)  South Africa 281 (−7) 75,000
1989 Larry Mowry  United States 281 (−7) 72,000
1988 Gary Player  South Africa 284 (−4) 63,000
1987 Chi-Chi Rodríguez  United States 282 (−6) 47,000
1986 (Feb.) Gary Player  South Africa 281 (−7) 45,000
1984 (Dec.) Peter Thomson  Australia 286 (−2) 40,000
1984 (Jan.) Arnold Palmer (2)  United States 282 (−6) 35,000
1982 (Dec.) Don January (2)  United States 288 (E) 25,000
1981 Miller Barber  United States 281 (−7) 20,000
1980 Arnold Palmer  United States 289 (+1) 20,000
1979 (Dec.) Don January  United States 270 (–18) 15,000
1979 (Feb.) Jack Fleck  United States 289 (+1) 8,000
1978 Joe Jimenez  United States 286 (–2) 8,000
1977 Julius Boros (2)  United States 283 (–5) 7,500
1976 Pete Cooper  United States 283 (–5) 7,500
1975 Charlie Sifford  United States 280 (–8) 7,500
1974 Roberto DeVicenzo  Argentina 273 (–15) 4,000
1973 Sam Snead (6)  United States 268 (–20) 4,000
1972 Sam Snead  United States 286 (–2) 4,000
1971 Julius Boros  United States 285 (–3) 4,000
1970 Sam Snead  United States 290 (+2) 4,000
1969 Tommy Bolt  United States 278 (–10) 4,000
1968 Chandler Harper  United States 279 (–9) 4,000
1967 Sam Snead  United States 279 (–9) 4,000
1966 Fred Haas  United States 286 (–2) 3,000
1965 Sam Snead  United States 278 (–9) 3,500
1964 Sam Snead  United States 279 (–9) 2,500
1963 Herman Barron  United States 272 (–16) 2,500
1962 Paul Runyan (2)  United States 278 (–10) 2,000
1961 Paul Runyan  United States 278 (–10) 1,500
1960 Dick Metz  United States 284 (–4) 1,500
1959 Willie Goggin  United States 284 (–4) 1,200
1958 Gene Sarazen (2)  United States 288 (E) 1,200
1957 Al Watrous (3)  United States 210 (–6) 1,000
1956 Pete Burke  United States 215 (–1) 1,000
1955 Mortie Dutra  United States 213 (–3) 1,000
1954 Gene Sarazen  United States 214 (–2) 1,000
1953 Harry Schwab  United States 142 (–2)
1952 Ernie Newnham  United States 146 (+2)
1951 Al Watrous  United States 142 (–2)
1950 Al Watrous  United States 142 (–2)
1949 Marshall Crichton  United States 145 (+1)
1948 Charles McKenna  United States 141 (–3)
1947 Jock Hutchison (2)  United States 145 (+1)
1946 Eddie Williams (3)  United States 146 (+2)
1945 Eddie Williams  United States 148 (+4)
1943–44 No championships due to World War II
1942 Eddie Williams  United States 138 (–6)
1941 Jack Burke, Sr.  United States 142 (E)
1940 (Jan.) Otto Hackbarth  United States 146 (+4)
1938 (Dec.) Fred McLeod  Scotland 154 (+10)
1937 Jock Hutchison  United States 223 (+7)

Source:[8]

Multiple winners[edit]

The following men have won the Senior PGA Championship more than once, through 2016:

Winners of both PGA Championship and Senior PGA Championship[edit]

The following men have won both the PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship, the majors run by the PGA of America:

Player PGA Championship Senior PGA Championship
Jock Hutchison 1920 1937, 1947
Gene Sarazen 1922, 1923, 1933 1954, 1958
Paul Runyan 1934, 1938 1961, 1962
Sam Snead 1942, 1949, 1951 1964, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1972, 1973
Chandler Harper 1950 1968
Julius Boros 1968 1971, 1977
Don January 1967 1979, 1982
Gary Player 1962, 1972 1986, 1988, 1990
Jack Nicklaus 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980 1991
Lee Trevino 1974, 1984 1992, 1994
Raymond Floyd 1969, 1982 1995

Future tournament sites[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Senior PGA Championship: Course". PGA of America. 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Strong Seniors contingent head to the United States". PGA European Tour. May 21, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Jock Hutchison wins inaugural senior tourney". Sarasota Herald (Florida). Associated Press. December 3, 1937. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Hutchison named for golf job here". Sarasaota Herald-Tribune (Florida). July 7, 1940. p. 6. 
  5. ^ "Two golfers tie for first place in senior event". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Associated Press. December 9, 1938. p. 6. 
  6. ^ "M'Leod defeats Hackbarth in seniors' golf". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. December 10, 1938. p. 22. 
  7. ^ "Hackbarth wins seniors golf crown". Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida). January 17, 1940. p. 7. 
  8. ^ "Senior PGA Championship Media Guide" (PDF). PGA of America. 2016. pp. 6–64. 
  9. ^ "Trump courses to host majors". ESPN. Associated Press. May 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ Di Carlo, Angelo (July 25, 2013). "Senior PGA Championship Returning to Benton Harbor in 2014, 2016 and 2018". WNDU-TV. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Wednesday Notebook: KitchenAid extends Senior PGA Championship sponsorship". PGA of America. May 25, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°07′N 86°28′W / 42.12°N 86.46°W / 42.12; -86.46