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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. 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 Clubmarker. 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 Open
  • 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 Clubmarker Beachwood, Ohiomarker
2008 Oak Hill Country Clubmarker Rochester, New Yorkmarker
2007 Kiawah Island Golf Resortmarker, Ocean Course Kiawah Island, South Carolinamarker
2006 Oak Tree Golf Club Edmond, Oklahomamarker
2005 Laurel Valley Golf Clubmarker Ligonier, Pennsylvaniamarker
2004 Valhalla Golf Clubmarker Louisville, Kentuckymarker
2003 Aronimink Golf Clubmarker Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker
2002 Firestone Country Club Akron, Ohiomarker
2001 The Ridgewood Country Club Paramus, New Jerseymarker
1982-2000 PGA National Golf Club Palm Beach Gardens, Floridamarker
1979 (Dec.) -1981 Turnberry Isle Country Club North Miami Beach, Floridamarker
1975-1979 (Feb.) Walt Disney Worldmarker Orlando, Floridamarker
1974 Port St. Lucie Country Club Port St. Lucie, Floridamarker
1966-1973 PGA National Golf Club Palm Beach Gardens, Floridamarker
1965 Fort Lauderdale Country Club Fort Lauderdale, Floridamarker
1964 PGA National Golf Club Palm Beach Gardens, Floridamarker
1963 Port St. Lucie Country Club Port St. Lucie, Floridamarker
1945-1962 PGA National Golf Course Dunedin, Floridamarker
1942 Fort Myers Country Club Fort Myers, Floridamarker
1940-1941 Bobby Jones Golf Complex

Sarasota Country Club
Sarasota, Floridamarker
1937-1938 Augusta National Golf Clubmarker Augusta, Georgiamarker


Year Player Country
2009 Michael Allen
2008 Jay Haas
2007 Denis Watson
2006 Jay Haas
2005 Mike Reid
2004 Hale Irwin
2003 John Jacobs
2002 Fuzzy Zoeller
2001 Tom Watson
2000 Doug Tewell
1999 Allen Doyle
1998 Hale Irwin
1997 Hale Irwin
1996 Hale Irwin
1995 Raymond Floyd
1994 Lee Trevino
1993 Tom Wargo
1992 Lee Trevino
1991 Jack Nicklaus
1990 Gary Player
1989 Larry Mowry
1988 Gary Player
1987 Chi Chi Rodríguez
1986 Gary Player
1985 No championship
1984 (Dec.) Peter Thomson
1984 (Jan.) Arnold Palmer
1983 No championship
1982 Don January
1981 Miller Barber
1980 Arnold Palmer
1979 (Dec.) Don January
1979 (Feb.) Jack Fleck
1978 Joe Jimenez
1977 Julius Boros
1976 Pete Cooper
1975 Charlie Sifford
1974 Roberto DeVicenzo
1973 Sam Snead
1972 Sam Snead
1971 Julius Boros
1970 Sam Snead
1969 Tommy Bolt
1968 Chandler Harper
1967 Sam Snead
1966 Fred Haas
1965 Sam Snead
1964 Sam Snead
1963 Herman Barron
1962 Paul Runyan
1961 Paul Runyan
1960 Dick Metz
1959 Willie Goggin
1958 Gene Sarazen
1957 Al Watrous
1956 Pete Burke
1955 Mortie Dutra
1954 Gene Sarazen
1953 Harry Schwab
1952 Ernie Newnham
1951 Al Watrous
1950 Al Watrous
1949 Marshall Crichton
1948 Charles McKenna
1947 Jock Hutchison
1946 Eddie Williams
1945 Eddie Williams
1943-44 No championships due to World War II
1942 Eddie Williams
1941 Jack Burke, Sr.
1940 Otto Hackbarth
1939 No championship
1938 Fred McLeod
1937 Jock Hutchison

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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