2003 Champions Tour

The 2003 Champions Tour was the 24th season for the golf tour now known as PGA Tour Champions. The tour, officially founded in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, adopted the "Champions Tour" name starting with this season, and used that name through its 2015 season.

The 2003 season consisted of 31 official money events with purses totaling $53,600,000. For the first time, the Senior British Open was recognized as a Champions Tour major, bringing the list of senior majors to its current total of five. Craig Stadler won the most tournaments, three. The tournament results, leaders, and award winners are listed below.

Tournament resultsEdit

The following table shows all the official money events for the 2003 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.

Date Tournament Location Purse ($) Winner Score 1st prize ($)
Feb 2 MasterCard Championship Hawaii 1,500,000   Dana Quigley (8) 198 (−18) 250,000
Feb 9 Royal Caribbean Golf Classic Florida 1,450,000   Dave Barr (1) 207 (−9) 217,500
Feb 16 ACE Group Classic Florida 1,600,000   Vicente Fernández (4) 202 (−14) 240,000
Feb 23 Verizon Classic Florida 1,600,000   Bruce Fleisher (16) 205 (−8) 240,000
Mar 9 MasterCard Classic Mexico 2,000,000   David Eger (1) 204 (−12) 300,000
Mar 16 SBC Classic California 1,500,000   Tom Purtzer (1) 135 (−9) 225,000
Mar 23 Toshiba Senior Classic California 1,550,000   Rodger Davis (1) 197 (−16) 232,500
Apr 20 Emerald Coast Classic Florida 1,450,000   Bob Gilder (7) 193 (−17) 217,500
Apr 27 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Georgia 3,000,000   Bruce Lietzke (6) 206 (−10) 354,000
May 4 Bruno's Memorial Classic Alabama 1,400,000   Tom Jenkins (4) 200 (−16) 210,000
May 11 Kinko's Classic of Austin Texas 1,600,000   Hale Irwin (37) 208 (−8) 240,000
May 18 Bayer Advantage Celebrity Pro-Am Missouri 1,600,000   Jay Sigel (8) 205 (−11) 240,000
May 25 Columbus Southern Open Georgia 1,500,000   Morris Hatalsky (2) 198 (−12) 225,000
Jun 1 Music City Championship at Gaylord Opryland Tennessee 1,400,000   Jim Ahern (2) 196 (−20) 210,000
Jun 8 Senior PGA Championship Pennsylvania 2,000,000   John Jacobs (5) 276 (−4) 360,000
Jun 22 Farmers Charity Classic Michigan 1,500,000   Doug Tewell (7) 201 (−15) 225,000
Jun 29 U.S. Senior Open Ohio 2,600,000   Bruce Lietzke (7) 207 (−7) 470,000
Jul 13 Ford Senior Players Championship Michigan 2,500,000   Craig Stadler (1) 271 (−17) 375,000
Jul 27 Senior British Open Scotland 1,600,000   Tom Watson (5) 263 (−17) 255,730
Aug 3 FleetBoston Classic Massachusetts 1,500,000   Allen Doyle (8) 198 (−15) 225,000
Aug 10 3M Championship Minnesota 1,750,000   Wayne Levi (1) 205 (−11) 262,500
Aug 17 Long Island Classic New York 1,500,000   Jim Thorpe (6) 195 (−15) 225,000
Aug 24 Allianz Championship Iowa 1,500,000   Don Pooley (2) 200 (−10) 225,000
Aug 31 JELD-WEN Tradition Oregon 2,200,000   Tom Watson (6) 273 (−15) 330,000
Sep 7 Kroger Classic Ohio 1,500,000   Gil Morgan (22) 200 (−16) 225,000
Sep 14 Constellation Energy Classic Maryland 1,500,000   Larry Nelson (17) 207 (−10) 225,000
Sep 21 SAS Championship North Carolina 1,800,000   D. A. Weibring (1) 203 (−13) 270,000
Sep 28 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn North Carolina 1,500,000   Craig Stadler (2) 201 (−15) 225,000
Oct 12 Turtle Bay Championship Hawaii 1,500,000   Hale Irwin (38) 208 (−8) 225,000
Oct 19 SBC Championship Texas 1,500,000   Craig Stadler (3) 198 (−15) 225,000
Oct 26 Charles Schwab Cup Championship California 2,500,000   Jim Thorpe (7) 268 (−20) 440,000

Source:[1]

LeadersEdit

Scoring Average leaders

Rank Player Country Average
1 Tom Watson   United States 68.81
2 Craig Stadler   United States 69.38
3 Hale Irwin   United States 69.59
4 D. A. Weibring   United States 69.70
5 Gil Morgan   United States 69.71

Source:[2]

Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Events Wins
1 Tom Watson   United States 1,853,108 14 2
2 Jim Thorpe   United States 1,830,306 30 2
3 Gil Morgan   United States 1,620,206 25 1
4 Bruce Lietzke   United States 1,610,826 22 2
5 Hale Irwin   United States 1,607,391 22 2

Source:[3]

Career Money List leaders

Rank Player Country Earnings ($) Wins
1 Hale Irwin   United States 18,557,568 38
2 Gil Morgan   United States 12,712,799 22
3 Jim Colbert   United States 11,184,384 20
4 Larry Nelson   United States 10,595,595 17
5 Bruce Fleisher   United States 10,467,772 16

Source:[4]

AwardsEdit

Award Winner Country
Player of the Year (Jack Nicklaus Trophy) Tom Watson   United States
Money winner (Arnold Palmer Award) Tom Watson   United States
Charles Schwab Cup Tom Watson   United States
Scoring leader (Byron Nelson Award) Tom Watson   United States
Rookie of the Year Craig Stadler   United States
Comeback Player of the Year Don Pooley   United States

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2014 Champions Tour Media Guide: Section 5: All-Time Records" (PDF). PGA Tour. pp. 34–35. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "Scoring Average – 2003 Champions Tour". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "Money Leaders – 2003 Champions Tour". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Career Money Leaders – 2003 Champions Tour". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 1, 2014.

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