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The Senior PGA Championship is one of the major championships in men's senior golf. It is administered by the Professional Golfers' Association of America and is recognised as a major championship by both the Champions Tour and the European Seniors Tour. It was formerly an unofficial money event on the European Seniors Tour, but from 2007 it is an official money event.[1] Winners gain entry into the same season's PGA Championship.

It was founded in 1937, and the inaugural event was played at Augusta National Golf Club. 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. Two tournaments were played in 1979 and 1984, and no tournaments were held in 1939, 1943, 1944, 1983, and 1985. The tournament was gone by several different names:

Years Name
1937-1984 PGA Seniors' Championship
1984-1989 General Foods PGA Seniors' Championship
1990-2000 PGA Seniors' Championship
2001- Senior PGA Championship


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

Tournament hosts

Year Venue Location
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 Philadelphia, 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
1966-1973 PGA National Golf Club Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
1965 Fort Lauderdale Country Club Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1964 PGA National Golf Club Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
1963 Port St. Lucie Country Club Port St. Lucie, Florida
1945-1962 PGA National Golf Course Dunedin, Florida
1942 Fort Myers Country Club Fort Myers, Florida
1940-1941 Bobby Jones Golf Complex
Sarasota Country Club
Sarasota, Florida
1937-1938 Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Georgia


Year Player Country
2009 Michael Allen  United States
2008 Jay Haas  United States
2007 Denis Watson  Zimbabwe
2006 Jay Haas  United States
2005 Mike Reid  United States
2004 Hale Irwin  United States
2003 John Jacobs  United States
2002 Fuzzy Zoeller  United States
2001 Tom Watson  United States
2000 Doug Tewell  United States
1999 Allen Doyle  United States
1998 Hale Irwin  United States
1997 Hale Irwin  United States
1996 Hale Irwin  United States
1995 Raymond Floyd  United States
1994 Lee Trevino  United States
1993 Tom Wargo  United States
1992 Lee Trevino  United States
1991 Jack Nicklaus  United States
1990 Gary Player  South Africa
1989 Larry Mowry  United States
1988 Gary Player  South Africa
1987 Chi Chi Rodríguez  Puerto Rico
1986 (Feb.) Gary Player  South Africa
1984 (Dec.) Peter Thomson  Australia
1984 (Jan.) Arnold Palmer  United States
1982 (Dec.) Don January  United States
1981 Miller Barber  United States
1980 Arnold Palmer  United States
1979 (Dec.) Don January  United States
1979 (Feb.) Jack Fleck  United States
1978 Joe Jimenez  United States
1977 Julius Boros  United States
1976 Pete Cooper  United States
1975 Charlie Sifford  United States
1974 Roberto DeVicenzo  Argentina
1973 Sam Snead  United States
1972 Sam Snead  United States
1971 Julius Boros  United States
1970 Sam Snead  United States
1969 Tommy Bolt  United States
1968 Chandler Harper  United States
1967 Sam Snead  United States
1966 Fred Haas  United States
1965 Sam Snead  United States
1964 Sam Snead  United States
1963 Herman Barron  United States
1962 Paul Runyan  United States
1961 Paul Runyan  United States
1960 Dick Metz  United States
1959 Willie Goggin  United States
1958 Gene Sarazen  United States
1957 Al Watrous  United States
1956 Pete Burke  United States
1955 Mortie Dutra  United States
1954 Gene Sarazen  United States
1953 Harry Schwab  United States
1952 Ernie Newnham  United States
1951 Al Watrous  United States
1950 Al Watrous  United States
1949 Marshall Crichton  United States
1948 Charles McKenna  United States
1947 Jock Hutchison  United States
1946 Eddie Williams  United States
1945 Eddie Williams  United States
1943-44 No championships due to World War II
1942 Eddie Williams  United States
1941 Jack Burke, Sr.  United States
1940 Otto Hackbarth  United States
1939 No championship
1938 Fred McLeod  Scotland
1937 Jock Hutchison  United States

Multiple winners

The following men have won the Senior PGA Championship more than once, through the 2009 tournament:

Winners of both PGA Championship and Senior PGA Championship

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

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