PGA Seniors

The PGA Seniors Championship is a stroke play event for male professional golfers aged fifty and over which has been played on the European Senior Tour (recently renamed as the Legends Tour) since it was founded in 1992. Along with the Senior Open Championship, it’s a 72-hole competition, unlike the other regular 54-hole tournaments on the senior circuit.

PGA Seniors Championship Trophy

It began in 1957 as a 3-round contest and was played as such for the first ten editions until changing to its current format in 1967. For some reason it reverted to its former 54-hole setup from 1993 to 1995 before changing back again to four rounds of 18 holes. It was reduced to three rounds in both 1987 at Coventry and 2012 at Slaley Hall because of bad weather.

The inaugural competition was held at Fulwell in 1957, with John Burton winning by five strokes from his nearest rival. Lancastrian Burton, older brother of Dick Burton who won the 1939 Open at St Andrews, claimed the first prize of £250 and gained the right to face the Senior PGA champion in the head-to-head World Senior Championship.

Hosted by Pollok Golf Club in Glasgow, this 36-hole match play event was played two months later against Al Watrous, the Oakland Hills professional who had previously won the Senior PGA title in 1950 and 1951. Unfortunately for Burton, his American opponent ran out an easy victor, winning by the resounding score of 8&6.

English professionals won ten of the thirteen competitions played during the 1950s and 1960s but that dominance was interrupted with the arrival of Australian Kel Nagle at Elie in 1971, when he outscored the field by six shots to lift the trophy. He then proved this was no flash in the pan by winning at the s...

PGA Seniors host courses

Aldeburgh (Championship)

2nd Suffolk - Best in Area 50th England Ranking

Founded in 1884, Aldeburgh Golf Club is one of the oldest golf clubs in Suffolk and is separated from the tidal Alde estuary by an unusual strip of coastal heathland.

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Ashford Manor

Situated just to the south of Heathrow Airport, the course at Ashford Manor Golf Club measures 6,351 yards and it features back-to-back par threes at holes 11 and 12.

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Belleisle

17th Ayrshire & Arran - Best in Area

Ayr Belleisle is one of the best public golf courses in Scotland... designed by the great James Braid.

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Brough

38th Yorkshire - Best in Area

Golf at Brough dates back to 1891 when the club played over a rudimentary 9-hole course, but the official formation of Brough Golf Club was not recognised until 1893. Further land was acquired on the opposite side of Mill Lane West and the club added nine further holes in 1905.

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Carden Park (Nicklaus)

17th Cheshire - Best in Area

The historic 17th century Carden Park Estate occupies some 750 acres of prime Cheshire countryside and has become a golfing Mecca in the northwest of England with the Nicklaus course the jewel in the crown.

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Close House (Lee Westwood Colt)

2nd Northumberland - Best in Area

The Colt golf course at Close House Hotel opened in the Spring of 2011 and its fairways are laid out over 160 acres of the Tyne Valley with many of the holes sympathetically fitted around existing trees and lakes.

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Copt Heath

5th Warwickshire - Best in Area

Founded in 1907, Copt Heath Golf Club is a mixture of park and heathland with holes lined by mature and grand trees waiting to catch the wayward drive.

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Coventry

7th Warwickshire - Best in Area

Coventry Golf Club​ has staged Open Championship Regional Qualifying​ and the course hosted the PGA Seniors event in 1987, with Neil Coles claiming his third successive title. He would go on to win a fourth championship two years later at West Hill.

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Elie

7th Fife - Best in Area 35th Scotland Ranking

The Golf House Club at Elie is where the great James Braid cut his golfing teeth. If you want to play an exciting but challenging historic links course, then look no further.

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PGA Seniors Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Brian Ward Courses Played 28
2 Tim Elliott Courses Played 20
3 Ed Battye Courses Played 19
4 Greg Watson Courses Played 17
5 Andy Newmarch Courses Played 16
6 Malcolm Baker Courses Played 15
7 Paul Wain Courses Played 14
= Mark Hillson Courses Played 14
= James Reader Courses Played 14
= Paul Sherman Courses Played 14