Senior PGA

Administered by the PGA of America, the Senior PGA Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event for male professional golfers aged fifty and over that has been played on the PGA Tour Champions professional circuit (previously known as the Senior PGA Tour and Champions Tour) since that tour was established in 1980.

Senior PGA Championship Trophy

The competition goes back a lot further, to 1937 in fact, when it started out as a 54-hole event. The next thirteen editions were reduced to a 36-hole contest before the format reverted back to 54 holes for a short time between 1954 and 1957. Since then, it’s been played as four rounds of 18 holes.

The inaugural competition was held at Augusta National, with Scots-born Jock Hutchison, who became a naturalized US citizen in 1920, winning the event. Jock had previously won the PGA Championship in 1920 then the Open Championship in 1921 and he would go on to win the Senior PGA a second time in 1947.

The second edition of the tournament was again hosted by Augusta National in 1938 and another Scotsman, Fred McLeod – who’d won the US Open at Myopia Hunt in 1908 – took the honours. Fred, it must be said, had acquired quite a bit of local knowledge of the course as he’d played in the first four editions of the Masters Tournament at the same venue, from 1934 to 1937.

The Senior PGA Championship then moved to Florida, where it remained until it was eventually staged by Ridgewood Country Club, New Jersey in 2001. During that sixty year period in the Sunshine State, the tournament had long residencies at the PGA National Golf Club in Dunedin (1945-1962) and Palm Beach Gardens on the Champion course (1982-2000).

Sam Snead claimed a record sixth Senior PGA title in 1973...

Senior PGA host courses

Aronimink

3rd Pennsylvania - Best in Area 86th USA Ranking 100th North America Ranking

The course in play today at Aronimink Golf Club opened in 1928 and Dornoch’s most famous son, Donald Ross, originally designed it. Gil Hanse restored the old classic ahead of the 2018 BMW Championship.

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Augusta National

1st Georgia - Best in Area 8th USA Ranking 8th North America Ranking 15th World Ranking

Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world and was designed by the world’s greatest golfer, who teamed up with the world’s greatest architect.

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BallenIsles (East)

97th Florida - Best in Area

Extending to over 1,300 acres, the beautifully landscaped BallenIsles housing complex is laid out around the three top drawer golf courses named North, South and East.

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Bellerive

5th Missouri - Best in Area

The golf course at Bellerive Country Club is routed round a winding creek, which is a feature on nine holes. With large undulating greens and bold bunkering this is certainly a firm tournament favourite...

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Canterbury Golf Club

10th Ohio - Best in Area

Host to two US Opens and one PGA Championship, Canterbury Golf Club’s place in golfing history is assured. It’s not a long course but the site is delightfully undulating with rolling hills, brooks and wooded areas.

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Colorado

2nd Colorado - Best in Area 77th USA Ranking 88th North America Ranking

Colorado Golf Club only opened its tees for play in 2007 but it’s already a nationwide hit. Designed by the famous Bill and Ben duo – Coore and Crenshaw – whose design philosophy is to respect the classic golf courses of the "Golden Age of Architecture", Colorado was destined for success…

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Disney (Magnolia)

Gem USA - Best in Area

For forty years, the 18-hole Magnolia layout at the Walt Disney World Resort was a highly regarded end of season venue on the PGA Tour but, sadly, that arrangement ended in 2012.

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Firestone (South)

15th Ohio - Best in Area

Harvey Firestone, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, originally established the Firestone Country Club in the late 1920s as a park for his employees.

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French Lick (Pete Dye)

4th Indiana - Best in Area

The Pete Dye layout at French Lick opened for play at a reputed cost of $28m in 2009. The golf course occupies a difficult site that required 2.5 million cubic yards of earth to be moved during construction.

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Senior PGA Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 17
2 Bob McCoy Courses Played 16
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 16
4 Joshua Asher Courses Played 14
5 Andrew J. Courses Played 13
= James Gold Courses Played 13
= Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 13
8 BL Tracker Courses Played 12
= James VanArsdall Courses Played 12
= Mark White Courses Played 12