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Men's professional senior golf is for players aged 50 and above. Golf differs from all other sports in having lucrative competitions for this age group. The leading senior tour is the U.S. based Champions Tour, which was established in 1980 (as the Senior Tour). It has established a roster of five major championships. These events are all played over four rounds, whereas other senior tournaments are generally played over three rounds. A golfer's performances can be quite variable from one round to the next, so playing an extra round increases the likelihood that the senior majors will be won by leading players.

In the current order of play, the senior majors are:

The order of play has changed many times during the history of senior golf. For example:

  • In 2006 the U.S. Senior Open, Senior Players Championship, and Senior British Open were held in July and were consecutive on the schedule. There was no event in the week after the Senior Players, allowing golfers adequate time to travel to the United Kingdom and acclimatise for the Senior British Open two weeks later. This gave the Champions Tour a very clear peak period, which is not found on most other tours, including the PGA Tour. The Tradition was the last major on the schedule.
  • In 2007 the Senior Players Championship moved to October, two months after The Tradition, to spread the majors over a longer period of time.
  • In 2008, the U.S. Senior Open moved to the week after the Senior British Open. This once again gave the Champions Tour a clear peak period, with no tournament held between the U.S. Senior Open and The Tradition (a one-week break in 2008, two weeks in 2009). In 2010, there will be a regular tournament in the week after the U.S. Senior Open, followed by a one-week break before The Tradition.

Unlike the mainstream majors, some of the senior majors have title sponsors.

The Senior PGA is by far the oldest of the senior majors, having commenced in the 1930s. The other four tournaments all date from 1980 or later, having been founded in the era when senior golf became a commercial success. This occurred when the first big golf stars of the television era, men such as Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, began to reach the relevant age.

Unlike mainstream men's golf, the senior game does not have a globally agreed set of majors. The three majors recognised by the European Seniors Tour are the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. and British Senior Opens. However, the Champions Tour is much more dominant in global senior golf than the PGA Tour is in mainstream men's golf.

Senior major winners

The table below show the results of all the events designated as majors by the Champions Tour. As the order in which the majors were played frequently changed, they are listed in the current order of play. Winners of Senior PGA Championships played before 1980 and Senior British Opens played before 2003 are not listed here as they were not Champions Tour majors at the time nor retroactively recognized as majors. Those winners are shown in the tournaments' articles. The other three tournaments have been Champions Tour majors throughout their existence. The Senior PGA Championship was held twice in 1984 but was not held in 1983 or 1985.

Through the 2009 season, there have been 114 senior majors, of which 95 have been won by American golfers and 19 by non-Americans. Thus, Americans have been considerably more dominant at this level than they have been in either regular majors or women's majors in recent decades.

Jack Nicklaus holds the record for the most senior majors won with eight. He also has the record for the number of regular majors won (18).

Year Senior PGA
Championship
Senior British
Open
U.S. Senior Open The Tradition Senior Players
Championship
2009 United States Michael Allen United States Loren Roberts (4/4) United States Fred Funk (2/2) United States Mike Reid (2/2) United States Jay Haas (3/3)
2008 United States Jay Haas (2/3) United States Bruce Vaughan Argentina Eduardo Romero (2/2) United States Fred Funk (1/2) United States D. A. Weibring
2007 Zimbabwe Denis Watson United States Tom Watson (5/5) United States Brad Bryant Zimbabwe/Republic of Ireland Mark McNulty United States Loren Roberts (3/4)
2006 United States Jay Haas (1/3) United States Loren Roberts (2/4) United States Allen Doyle (4/4) Argentina Eduardo Romero (1/2) United States Bobby Wadkins
2005 United States Mike Reid (1/2) United States Tom Watson (4/5) United States Allen Doyle (3/4) United States Loren Roberts (1/4) United States Peter Jacobsen (2/2)
2004 United States Hale Irwin (7/7) United States Pete Oakley United States Peter Jacobsen (1/2) United States Craig Stadler (2/2) England Mark James
2003 United States John Jacobs United States Tom Watson (2/5) United States Bruce Lietzke United States Tom Watson (3/5) United States Craig Stadler (1/2)
2002 United States Fuzzy Zoeller Not a
Champions Tour
event
United States Don Pooley United States Jim Thorpe Australia Stewart Ginn
2001 United States Tom Watson (1/5) United States Bruce Fleisher United States Doug Tewell (2/2) United States Allen Doyle (2/4)
2000 United States Doug Tewell (1/2) United States Hale Irwin (6/7) United States Tom Kite United States Raymond Floyd (4/4)
1999 United States Allen Doyle (1/4) United States Dave Eichelberger Australia Graham Marsh (2/2) United States Hale Irwin (5/7)
1998 United States Hale Irwin (3/7) United States Hale Irwin (4/7) United States Gil Morgan (2/3) United States Gil Morgan (3/3)
1997 United States Hale Irwin (2/7) Australia Graham Marsh (1/2) United States Gil Morgan (1/3) United States Larry Gilbert
1996 United States Hale Irwin (1/7) United States Dave Stockton (3/3) United States Jack Nicklaus (8/8) United States Raymond Floyd (3/4)
1995 United States Raymond Floyd (2/4) United States Tom Weiskopf United States Jack Nicklaus (7/8) United States J. C. Snead
1994 United States Lee Trevino (4/4) South Africa Simon Hobday United States Raymond Floyd (1/4) United States Dave Stockton (2/3)
1993 United States Tom Wargo United States Jack Nicklaus (6/8) United States Tom Shaw United States Jim Colbert
1992 United States Lee Trevino (2/4) United States Larry Laoretti United States Lee Trevino (3/4) United States Dave Stockton (1/3)
1991 United States Jack Nicklaus (3/8) United States Jack Nicklaus (4/8) United States Jack Nicklaus (5/8) United States Jim Albus
1990 South Africa Gary Player (6/6) United States Lee Trevino (1/4) United States Jack Nicklaus (1/8) United States Jack Nicklaus (2/8)
1989 United States Larry Mowry United States Orville Moody (1/2) United States Don Bies United States Orville Moody (2/2)
1988 South Africa Gary Player (4/6) South Africa Gary Player (5/6) Founded in 1989 United States Billy Casper (2/2)
1987 Puerto Rico Chi Chi Rodriguez (2/2) South Africa Gary Player (2/6) South Africa Gary Player (3/6)
1986 South Africa Gary Player (1/6) Founded in 1987 United States Dale Douglass Puerto Rico Chi Chi Rodriguez (1/2)
1985 Not held United States Miller Barber (5/5) United States Arnold Palmer (5/5)
1984 Dec. Australia Peter Thomson United States Miller Barber (4/5) United States Arnold Palmer (4/5)
Jan. United States Arnold Palmer (3/5)
1983 Not held United States Billy Casper (1/2) United States Miller Barber (3/5)
1982 United States Don January United States Miller Barber (2/5) Founded in 1983
1981 United States Miller Barber (1/5) United States Arnold Palmer (2/5)
1980 United States Arnold Palmer (1/5) Argentina Roberto DeVicenzo

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