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The Champions Tour, a golf tour run by the PGA Tour, hosts a series of events annually in the United Statesmarker and the United Kingdommarker 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.

All of the 2009 tournaments are in the United States except for the Senior British Open and a tournament in the Dominican Republicmarker that started in 2008. The guaranteed minimum official prize money is $51.4 million over 26 tournaments, with a record average purse of $1.98 million per event. 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.

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.

2009 schedule

The following table shows all the official money events for the 2009 season. "Date" is the ending date of the tournament. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are 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 are shown in italics.

Date Tournament Location Winner
Jan 25 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Hawaiimarker Bernhard Langer (5)
Feb 15 Allianz Championship Floridamarker Mike Goodes (1)
Feb 22 The ACE Group Classic Floridamarker Loren Roberts (9)
Mar 8 Toshiba Classic Californiamarker Eduardo Romero (5)
Mar 15 AT&T Champions Classic Californiamarker Dan Forsman (1)
Mar 29 Cap Cana Championship Dominican Republicmarker Keith Fergus (2)
Apr 19 Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am Floridamarker Nick Price (1)
Apr 26 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Georgiamarker Bernhard Langer (6) &
Tom Lehman (1)
May 17 Regions Charity Classic Alabamamarker Keith Fergus (3)
May 24 Senior PGA Championship Ohiomarker Michael Allen (1)
May 31 Principal Charity Classic Iowamarker Mark McNulty (7)
Jun 7 Triton Financial Classic Texasmarker Bernhard Langer (7)
Jun 28 Dick's Sporting Goods Open New Yorkmarker Lonnie Nielsen (2)
Jul 12 3M Championship Minnesotamarker Bernhard Langer (8)
Jul 26 Senior British Open Englandmarker Loren Roberts (10)
Aug 2 U.S. Senior Open Indianamarker Fred Funk (5)
Aug 23 JELD-WEN Tradition Oregonmarker Mike Reid (2)
Aug 30 Boeing Classic Washingtonmarker Loren Roberts (11)
Sep 6 Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Californiamarker Jeff Sluman (3)
Sep 20 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn North Carolinamarker Jay Haas (13)
Sep 27 SAS Championship North Carolinamarker Tom Pernice, Jr. (1)
Oct 4 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Marylandmarker Jay Haas (14)
Oct 18 Administaff Small Business Classic Texasmarker John Cook (3)
Oct 25 AT&T Championship Texasmarker Phil Blackmar (1)
Nov 1 Charles Schwab Cup Championship Californiamarker John Cook (4)


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 20 2,139,451
2 Loren Roberts 22 1,960,613
3 John Cook 23 1,798,664
4 Jay Haas 21 1,758,395
5 Fred Funk 21 1,563,810
6 Jeff Sluman 25 1,378,094
7 Andy Bean 24 1,313,217
8 Mark O'Meara 20 1,278,985
9 Dan Forsman 23 1,203,638
10 Nick Price 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 Bernhard Langer 2,139,451 4: Bernhard Langer
2008 Bernhard Langer 2,035,073 3: Bernhard Langer, Eduardo Romero
2007 Jay Haas 2,581,001 4: Jay Haas
2006 Jay Haas 2,420,227 4: Jay Haas, Loren Roberts
2005 Dana Quigley 2,170,258 4: Hale Irwin
2004 Craig Stadler 2,306,066 5: Craig Stadler
2003 Tom Watson 1,853,108 3: Craig Stadler
2002 Hale Irwin 3,028,304 4: Bob Gilder, Hale Irwin
2001 Allen Doyle 2,553,582 5: Larry Nelson
2000 Larry Nelson 2,708,005 6: Larry Nelson
1999 Bruce Fleisher 2,515,705 7: Bruce Fleisher
1998 Hale Irwin 2,861,945 7: Hale Irwin
1997 Hale Irwin 2,343,364 9: Hale Irwin
1996 Jim Colbert 1,627,890 5: Jim Colbert
1995 Jim Colbert 1,444,386 4: Jim Colbert, Bob Murphy
1994 Dave Stockton 1,402,519 6: Lee Trevino
1993 Dave Stockton 1,175,944 5: Dave Stockton
1992 Lee Trevino 1,027,002 5: Lee Trevino
1991 Mike Hill 1,065,657 5: Mike Hill
1990 Lee Trevino 1,190,518 7: Lee Trevino
1989 Bob Charles 725,887 5: Bob Charles
1988 Bob Charles 533,929 5: Bob Charles, Gary Player
1987 Chi Chi Rodriguez 509,145 7: Chi Chi Rodriguez
1986 Bruce Crampton 454,299 7: Bruce Crampton
1985 Peter Thomson 386,724 9: Peter Thomson
1984 Don January 328,597 4: Miller Barber
1983 Don January 237,571 6: Don January
1982 Miller Barber 106,890 3: Miller Barber
1981 Miller Barber 83,136 3: Miller Barber
1980 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 25,217,826
2 Gil Morgan 19,600,904
3 Dana Quigley 14,634,841
4 Bruce Fleisher 14,406,862
5 Tom Kite 13,727,373
6 Larry Nelson 13,608,210
7 Jim Thorpe 13,423,156
8 Allen Doyle 13,203,848
9 Tom Jenkins 12,810,099
10 Tom Watson 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

  1. Champions Tour unveils schedule of 29 official


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