PGA Seniors Championship

The PGA Seniors Championship is a European Senior Tour golf tournament for men aged fifty and above. It was founded in 1957 and became part of the European Senior Tour on its founding in 1992. It was not held in 2016 or 2017 but returned in 2018 as the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship.

PGA Seniors Championship
Tournament information
LocationAsh, Sevenoaks, Kent (2019)
Established1957
Course(s)London Golf Club (2019)
Tour(s)European Senior Tour
Month playedAugust
Current champion
Wales Phillip Price

It is the oldest important seniors tournament in Europe and, together with the Senior Open Championship, one of only two current events that predate the founding of the European Senior Tour in 1992. The PGA Seniors Championship and the Senior Open Championship are also the only two Europe-based events on the European Senior Tour that are played over 72 holes.

HistoryEdit

From 1957 to 1966 the event was played over 54 holes. Since then it has been a 72-hole event with the exception of 1993 to 1995 when it was again played over 54 holes. In 1987 and 2012 it was reduced to 54 holes by bad weather.

From its foundation in 1957 until 1978 the winner played the winner of the American Senior PGA Championship for the World Senior Championship, a one-day 36-hole match-play event. The winner won the Teacher International Trophy.

VenuesEdit

From 1957 to 1968 the event was held in England, except in 1967 when it was held at Ayr Belleisle in Scotland. From 1969 to 1974 the event was sponsored by Pringle of Scotland and played in Scotland. It was also played in Scotland in 1975 and 1976, from 1980 to 1982 and in 1988 but otherwise was held in England. It was played at the Royal Dublin Golf Club in the Republic of Ireland in 1992 but since 1993 it has been played in England.

TriviaEdit

In 2008, Gordon J. Brand beat Gordon Brand Jnr after a six-hole playoff.

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
Staysure PGA Seniors Championship
2019 Phillip Price   Wales London Golf Club 271 (−17) 2 strokes   Michael Campbell
  James Kingston
  Peter Lonard
2018 Philip Golding   England London Golf Club 270 (−18) 2 strokes   Magnus Persson Atlevi
ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship
2016–17: No tournament
2015 Peter Fowler   Australia Close House 272 (−12) 3 strokes   Gordon Manson
2014 Santiago Luna   Spain Stoke-by-Nayland 270 (−14) 2 strokes   Steen Tinning
2013 Paul Wesselingh (2)   England Mottram Hall 272 (−20) 4 strokes   Ángel Franco
2012 Paul Wesselingh   England Slaley Hall 210 (−6) 1 stroke   Anders Forsbrand
  Andrew Oldcorn
De Vere Club PGA Seniors Championship
2011 Andrew Oldcorn   Scotland Slaley Hall 277 (−11) 9 strokes   Gordon Brand Jnr
De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship
2010 David J. Russell   England Slaley Hall 283 (−5) 2 strokes   Ángel Franco
  Barry Lane
  Chris Williams
2009 Carl Mason (3)   England Slaley Hall 279 (−9) 3 strokes   Ángel Franco
  Chris Williams
2008 Gordon J. Brand   England Slaley Hall 292 (+4) Playoff   Gordon Brand Jnr
PGA Seniors Championship
2007 Carl Mason (2)   England Stoke-by-Nayland 268 (−20) 6 strokes   Philippe Dugeny
  Costantino Rocca
2006 Sam Torrance (2)   Scotland Stoke-by-Nayland 268 (−20) 3 strokes   Luis Carbonetti
De Vere PGA Seniors Championship
2005 Sam Torrance   Scotland Carden Park 271 (−17) 4 strokes   David J. Russell
2004 Carl Mason   England Carden Park 275 (−13) Playoff   Seiji Ebihara
  Jim Rhodes
2003 Bill Longmuir   Scotland Carden Park 271 (−17) 2 strokes   Carl Mason
  Denis O'Sullivan
2002 Seiji Ebihara   Japan Carden Park 267 (−21) 10 strokes   George Burns
  Steve Stull
2001 Ian Stanley   Australia Carden Park 278 (−10) 2 strokes   Maurice Bembridge
The Belfry PGA Seniors Championship
2000 John Grace   United States The Belfry 282 (−6) Playoff   Peter Dawson
1999 Ross Metherell   Australia The Belfry 276 (−12) 1 stroke   Bill Brask
1998 Tommy Horton (2)   England The Belfry 277 (−11) 2 strokes   Renato Campagnoli
  Jim Rhodes
1997 Walter Hall   United States The Belfry 277 (−11) 3 strokes   Tommy Horton
1996 Terry Gale   Australia The Belfry 284 (−4) 1 stroke   Tommy Horton
Forte PGA Seniors Championship
1995 John Morgan (2)   England Sunningdale 204 (−6) Playoff   Antonio Garrido
1994 John Morgan   England Sunningdale 203 (−7) 2 strokes   David Creamer
1993 Brian Huggett   Wales Sunningdale 204 (−6) 3 strokes   Bobby Verwey
1992 Tommy Horton   England Royal Dublin 290 (+2) Playoff   Tony Grubb
  Christy O'Connor Snr
Trusthouse Forte PGA Seniors Championship (prior to European Senior Tour sanction)
1991 Brian Waites (2)   England Wollaton Park 277 (−7) 3 strokes   Neil Coles [1]
1990 Brian Waites   England Brough 269 (−3) 4 strokes   Neil Coles [2]
1989 Neil Coles (4)   England West Hill 277 (+1) 4 strokes   Peter Butler [3]
1988 Peter Thomson   Australia North Berwick 287 (+7) 2 strokes   Denis Hutchinson [4]
1987 Neil Coles (3)   England Coventry 206 (−13) 4 strokes   Peter Thomson [5]
1986 Neil Coles (2)   England Mere 276 (−4) 1 stroke   Peter Butler [6]
1985 Neil Coles   England Pannal 284 (−4) 2 strokes   Christy O'Connor Snr [7]
1984 Ernie Jones   Ireland Stratford-on-Avon 280 (−8) 3 strokes   Peter Butler
  Ross Whitehead
[8]
1983 Christy O'Connor Snr (6)   Ireland Burnham & Berrow 277 (−7) 9 strokes   Peter Gill [9]
1982 Christy O'Connor Snr (5)   Ireland Longniddry 285 (+13) Playoff   Peter Butler
  Alex Mitchell
  Guy Wolstenholme
[10]
1981 Christy O'Connor Snr (4)   Ireland North Berwick 287 (+3) Playoff   Fred Boobyer [11]
PGA Seniors Championship
1980 Paddy Skerritt (2)   Ireland Gleneagles Hotel 286 (+6) 5 strokes   Doug Beattie [12]
PGA Seniors Championship sponsored by the Cambridgeshire Hotel
1979 Christy O'Connor Snr (3)   Ireland Cambridgeshire Hotel 280 (−8) Playoff   Roberto De Vicenzo [13]
1978 Paddy Skerritt   Ireland Cambridgeshire Hotel 288 (E) 1 stroke   Roberto De Vicenzo
  Jimmy Martin
[14]
1977 Christy O'Connor Snr (2)   Ireland Cambridgeshire Hotel 284 (−4) 3 strokes   Roberto De Vicenzo [15]
PGA Seniors Championship sponsored by Ben Sayers-Strathclyde Hotels
1976 Christy O'Connor Snr   Ireland North Berwick 276 (−8) 4 strokes   Kel Nagle [16]
1975 Kel Nagle (3)   Australia Longniddry 268 (−4) 2 strokes   Ken Bousfield [17]
Pringle of Scotland Seniors Championship
1974 Eric Lester   England Lundin Links 282 (−2) 4 strokes   Ken Bousfield [18]
1973 Kel Nagle (2)   Australia Elie 270 (−10) 1 stroke   Roberto De Vicenzo [19]
1972 Ken Bousfield   England Longniddry 291 (+15) Playoff   Alfonso Angelini [20]
1971 Kel Nagle   Australia Elie 269 (−11) 6 strokes   Ken Bousfield
  John Panton
[21]
1970 Max Faulkner (2)   England Longniddry 288 (+12) 1 stroke   Dai Rees [22]
1969 John Panton (2)   Scotland West Kilbride 281 (−3) 8 strokes   Dai Rees [23]
Teacher's Seniors Championship
1968 Max Faulkner   England Aldeburgh 283 (+11) 3 strokes   John Panton [24]
1967 John Panton   Scotland Ayr Belleisle 282 (+2) 5 strokes   Flory Van Donck [25]
1966 Dai Rees   Wales Coventry 215 (−1) Playoff   Flory Van Donck [26][27]
1965 Charlie Ward   England Ashford Manor 210 (E) 2 strokes   Dai Rees [28]
1964 Syd Scott   England Northumberland 213 1 stroke   Dai Rees [29]
1963 George Evans   England Weston-super-Mare 222 1 stroke   Norman Sutton [30]
1962 Sam King (2)   England Harrogate 214 2 strokes   Fred Daly [31]
1961 Sam King   England Hill Barn 208 Playoff   Allan Dailey [32][33]
1960 Reg Horne   England Mere 213 3 strokes   Norman Sutton [34]
1959 Arthur Lees   England Royal Mid-Surrey 204 6 strokes   Jack Jacobs [35]
1958 Norman Sutton   England Copt Heath 214 3 strokes   Jack Jacobs [36]
1957 John Burton   England Fulwell 213 5 strokes   Joe Baker
  Wally Smithers
[37]

In 2012 and 1987, the event was reduced to 54 holes because of bad weather. From 1993 to 1995 and from 1957 to 1966, the event was over 54 holes.

In 1966 Rees beat Van Donck 71 to 75 in an 18-hole playoff. In 1961 King beat Dailey 69 to 80 in an 18-hole playoff. The first sudden-death playoff was in 1972.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "In brief - Golf". The Times. 17 June 1991. p. 35.
  2. ^ "Newcomer prives old hand". The Times. 18 June 1990. p. 45.
  3. ^ "Scots find Coles too hot to handle". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1989. p. 22.
  4. ^ "Thomson makes in a double". The Glasgow Herald. 27 June 1988. p. 9.
  5. ^ "Coles wins title for third time". The Times. 22 June 1987. p. 38.
  6. ^ "Jittery Coles wins as Butler charge just fails". The Glasgow Herald. 4 August 1986. p. 10.
  7. ^ "O'Connor fails to catch 'young fox'". The Glasgow Herald. 29 July 1985. p. 15.
  8. ^ "Ernie Jones". The Glasgow Herald. 21 May 1984. p. 14.
  9. ^ "O'Connor retains his seniors crown". The Glasgow Herald. 27 May 1983. p. 25.
  10. ^ "O'Connor again after play-off". The Glasgow Herald. 28 May 1982. p. 23.
  11. ^ "Christy has Irish luck". The Glasgow Herald. 25 July 1981. p. 14.
  12. ^ "Lighter grip eases mounting pressure". The Times. 1 July 1980. p. 13.
  13. ^ "Christy wins the battle of the grand old men". The Glasgow Herald. 9 July 1979. p. 20.
  14. ^ "Senior PGA title for Skerritt". The Glasgow Herald. 6 July 1978. p. 15.
  15. ^ "Christy O'Connor wins after a scare". The Glasgow Herald. 30 June 1977. p. 23.
  16. ^ "Great O'Connor wins by 4 shots". The Glasgow Herald. 1 July 1976. p. 14.
  17. ^ "A record 64 gives Nagle seniors title". The Glasgow Herald. 3 July 1975. p. 18.
  18. ^ "Lester wins despite two bad lapses". The Glasgow Herald. 4 July 1974. p. 5.
  19. ^ "Last-round 65 gives Nagle seniors' title". The Glasgow Herald. 5 July 1973. p. 2.
  20. ^ "Bousfield wins play off to meet Snead". The Times. 23 June 1972. p. 13.
  21. ^ "Nagle wins seniors' title with record-breaking 62". The Glasgow Herald. 25 June 1971. p. 6.
  22. ^ "Seniors' title won by Faulkner after desperate struggle". The Glasgow Herald. 26 June 1970. p. 6.
  23. ^ "Panton wins by eight strokes". The Glasgow Herald. 27 June 1969. p. 6.
  24. ^ "Senior title won by Faulkner". The Glasgow Herald. 24 May 1968. p. 6.
  25. ^ "Senior tournament won by Panton by five strokes". The Glasgow Herald. 26 May 1967. p. 6.
  26. ^ "Rees and Van Donck in play-off". The Glasgow Herald. 27 May 1966. p. 6.
  27. ^ "Rees beats Van Donck by four strokes". The Glasgow Herald. 28 May 1966. p. 6.
  28. ^ "Senior title for C.H. Ward". The Glasgow Herald. 28 May 1965. p. 6.
  29. ^ "Scott takes senior title". The Glasgow Herald. 29 May 1964. p. 6.
  30. ^ "Senior title for Evans". The Glasgow Herald. 31 May 1963. p. 13.
  31. ^ "King again wins senior title". The Glasgow Herald. 1 June 1962. p. 5.
  32. ^ "Tie for senior championship". The Glasgow Herald. 13 May 1961. p. 5.
  33. ^ "British senior champion". The Glasgow Herald. 15 May 1961. p. 10.
  34. ^ "Horne senior champion". The Glasgow Herald. 14 May 1960. p. 10.
  35. ^ "Senior title for Lees". The Glasgow Herald. 15 May 1959. p. 6.
  36. ^ "Senior title for Sutton". The Glasgow Herald. 4 April 1958. p. 4.
  37. ^ "Burton wins seniors' event". The Glasgow Herald. 13 April 1957. p. 4.

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