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The Champions Tour, a golf tour run by the PGA Tour, hosts a series of events annually in the United States and the United Kingdom for golfers 50 years of age and older. Many of the PGA Tour's most successful golfers have gone on to play on the Champions Tour.

The Senior PGA Championship, founded in 1937, was for many years the only high-profile tournament for golfers over 50. The idea for a senior tour grew out of a highly successful event in 1978, the Legends of Golf, which featured competition between two-member teams of some of the greatest older golfers of that day. The tour was formally established in 1980 and was known as the Senior PGA TOUR until October 2002. The original logo was based on the PGA Tour logo, with the golfer's profile modified to depict the wearing of a flat cap and plus fours.

Of the 26 tournaments on the 2010 schedule, all are in the United States except for the Senior British Open, a tournament in the Dominican Republic that started in 2008, and a tournament in South Korea starting in 2010. The guaranteed minimum official prize money is $51.5 million over 26 tournaments, with a record average purse of $1.98 million per event;[1] slightly higher than the 2008 prize money of $51.4 million over the same number of events.[2] The total prize money and number of events, however, are down from previous years—for example, the 2007 tour offered a total of $55.2 million over 29 events.[3]

Most of the tournaments are played over three rounds (54 holes), which is one round less than regular professional stroke play tournaments on the PGA Tour. Because of this and having smaller fields, there are generally no "cuts" between any of the rounds. However, the five senior majors have a full 72 holes (four rounds). A golfer's performances can be quite variable from one round to the next, and playing an extra round increases the likelihood that the senior majors will be won by leading players.

In 2006, the Champions Tour Division Board of the PGA Tour organization voted to allow players the option to use golf carts during most events on the tour. The five major championships and certain other events, including pro-ams, are excluded.

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2010 schedule

The following table shows all the official money events for the 2010 season. "Date" is the ending date of the tournament. Once winners are added to this list, the numbers in parentheses after the winners' names will be the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event. Senior majors are shown in bold. Golfers winning on their Champions Tour debut will be shown in italics.

Date Tournament Location Winner
Jan 24 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Hawaii
Feb 14 The ACE Group Classic Florida
Feb 21 Allianz Championship Florida
Mar 7 Toshiba Classic California
Mar 28 Cap Cana Championship Dominican Republic
Apr 18 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am Florida
Apr 25 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Georgia
May 2 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Mississippi
May 16 Regions Charity Classic Alabama
May 30 Senior PGA Championship Colorado
Jun 6 Principal Charity Classic Iowa
Jun 27 Dick's Sporting Goods Open New York
Jul 25 Senior British Open Scotland
Aug 1 U.S. Senior Open Washington
Aug 8 3M Championship Minnesota
Aug 22 JELD-WEN Tradition Oregon
Aug 29 Boeing Classic Washington
Sep 5 First Tee Open at Pebble Beach California
Sep 12 New Songdo City Championship South Korea
Sep 26 SAS Championship North Carolina
Oct 3 Ensure Classic at Rock Barn North Carolina
Oct 10 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Maryland
Oct 24 Administaff Small Business Classic Texas
Oct 31 AT&T Championship Texas
Nov 7 Charles Schwab Cup Championship California

Newly eligible golfers

Several top golfers will become eligible for the Champions Tour during the 2010 season. Another became eligible near the end of the 2009 season, and another became eligible after the 2009 season ended. This lists newly eligible golfers with at least 5 wins on the PGA Tour; dates of eligibility are included next to their names.

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Confirmed debuts

Other potential newcomers

Since a golfer becomes eligible to play on the tour on his 50th birthday, the event where he could potentially make his debut is known, and is listed with each individual. However, no golfer in this list is yet confirmed to be making his debut at any specific tournament.

2009 money leaders

This lists the money leaders for the 2009 Champions Tour season, which ended on November 1, 2009 with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Rank Player Country Events Prize money ($)
1 Bernhard Langer  Germany 20 2,139,451
2 Loren Roberts  United States 22 1,960,613
3 John Cook  United States 23 1,798,664
4 Jay Haas  United States 21 1,758,395
5 Fred Funk  United States 21 1,563,810
6 Jeff Sluman  United States 25 1,378,094
7 Andy Bean  United States 24 1,313,217
8 Mark O'Meara  United States 20 1,278,985
9 Dan Forsman  United States 23 1,203,638
10 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 19 1,144,452

There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here.

Money winners and most wins leaders

Players who lead the money list on the Champions Tour win the Arnold Palmer Award.

Year Money Leader Earnings ($) Most wins
2009 Germany Bernhard Langer 2,139,451 4: Bernhard Langer
2008 Germany Bernhard Langer 2,035,073 3: Bernhard Langer, Eduardo Romero
2007 United States Jay Haas 2,581,001 4: Jay Haas
2006 United States Jay Haas 2,420,227 4: Jay Haas, Loren Roberts
2005 United States Dana Quigley 2,170,258 4: Hale Irwin
2004 United States Craig Stadler 2,306,066 5: Craig Stadler
2003 United States Tom Watson 1,853,108 3: Craig Stadler
2002 United States Hale Irwin 3,028,304 4: Bob Gilder, Hale Irwin
2001 United States Allen Doyle 2,553,582 5: Larry Nelson
2000 United States Larry Nelson 2,708,005 6: Larry Nelson
1999 United States Bruce Fleisher 2,515,705 7: Bruce Fleisher
1998 United States Hale Irwin 2,861,945 7: Hale Irwin
1997 United States Hale Irwin 2,343,364 9: Hale Irwin
1996 United States Jim Colbert 1,627,890 5: Jim Colbert
1995 United States Jim Colbert 1,444,386 4: Jim Colbert, Bob Murphy
1994 United States Dave Stockton 1,402,519 6: Lee Trevino
1993 United States Dave Stockton 1,175,944 5: Dave Stockton
1992 United States Lee Trevino 1,027,002 5: Lee Trevino
1991 United States Mike Hill 1,065,657 5: Mike Hill
1990 United States Lee Trevino 1,190,518 7: Lee Trevino
1989 New Zealand Bob Charles 725,887 5: Bob Charles
1988 New Zealand Bob Charles 533,929 5: Bob Charles, Gary Player
1987 Puerto Rico Chi Chi Rodriguez 509,145 7: Chi Chi Rodriguez
1986 Australia Bruce Crampton 454,299 7: Bruce Crampton
1985 Australia Peter Thomson 386,724 9: Peter Thomson
1984 United States Don January 328,597 4: Miller Barber
1983 United States Don January 237,571 6: Don January
1982 United States Miller Barber 106,890 3: Miller Barber
1981 United States Miller Barber 83,136 3: Miller Barber
1980 United States Don January 44,100 1: Roberto DeVicenzo, Don January,
Arnold Palmer, Charlie Sifford

Multiple money list titles

The following players have won more than one money list title through 2009:

Leading career money winners

The table shows the top ten career money leaders on the Champions Tour through the 2009 season.

Rank Player Country Prize Money ($)
1 Hale Irwin  United States 25,217,826
2 Gil Morgan  United States 19,600,904
3 Dana Quigley  United States 14,634,841
4 Bruce Fleisher  United States 14,406,862
5 Tom Kite  United States 13,727,373
6 Larry Nelson  United States 13,608,210
7 Jim Thorpe  United States 13,423,156
8 Allen Doyle  United States 13,203,848
9 Tom Jenkins  United States 12,810,099
10 Tom Watson  United States 11,822,499

There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here. The PGA Tour also publishes a list of Champions Tour players' total career earnings on its three tours here.

See also

References

External links


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