Senior Open Championship

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The Senior Open Championship, or simply The Senior Open (and originally known as the Senior British Open) is a professional golf tournament for players aged 50 and over. It is run by The R&A, the same body that organises The Open Championship. Prize money won in the event is official money on both PGA Tour Champions (formerly the Senior PGA Tour and Champions Tour) and the European Senior Tour. The purse, which is fixed in United States dollars, was $2 million in 2011, with a winner's share of $315,600.[1] For sponsorship reasons, it is currently known as The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex.

The Senior Open Championship
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Tournament information
Location United Kingdom
Established1987, 34 years ago
Course(s)Sunningdale Golf Club, Sunningdale, England (2021)
Tour(s)European Seniors Tour
Champions Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund£1.5 million
$2 million
1.67 million
Month playedJuly
Tournament record score
Aggregate263 Tom Watson (2003)
To par−18 Bernhard Langer (2014)
Current champion
Germany Bernhard Langer
Sunningdale GC is located in England
Sunningdale GC
Sunningdale GC
Location in England
Sunningdale GC is located in the United Kingdom
Sunningdale GC
Sunningdale GC
Location in the United Kingdom

The tournament was first held 34 years ago in 1987 and became part of the European Seniors Tour schedule in 1992. It is younger than the PGA Seniors Championship, which started in 1957, as well as the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship. In late 2002 it was designated as the fifth major championship on the Champions Tour schedule.[2] Winners before 2003 were not retroactively designated as Champions Tour major winners until late 2018.[3][4][5] Winners gain entry into the following season's Open Championship. The event is usually held the week following The Open Championship, although in 1991 it was held the week before the Open and in 1998 it was held in August, three weeks after the Open.

The 2018 Senior Open was held at St Andrews for the first time, a decision which was heavily influenced by five-time Open champion Tom Watson.[6] In 2020, the championship was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]

The fieldEdit

The standard field size is 144 players and an 18-hole qualifying round is held at the championship course on the Monday before the tournament, with a minimum of 24 places available. If fewer than 120 exempt players enter, the field is filled to 144 with more high finishers from qualifying. If more than 120 exempt players enter, the top 24 finishers earn entry even if it causes the field to expand beyond 144.[8]


Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex
2021 Sunningdale  
2020 Cancelled[a] Sunningdale Cancelled
2019 Bernhard Langer (4)   Germany Royal Lytham 274 −6 2 strokes   Paul Broadhurst
2018 Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain St Andrews 276 −12 1 stroke   Bernhard Langer
2017 Bernhard Langer (3)   Germany Royal Porthcawl 280 −4 3 strokes   Corey Pavin
2016 Paul Broadhurst   England Carnoustie 277 −11 2 strokes   Scott McCarron
2015 Marco Dawson   United States Sunningdale 264 −16 1 stroke   Bernhard Langer
2014 Bernhard Langer (2)   Germany Royal Porthcawl 266 −18 13 strokes   Colin Montgomerie
2013 Mark Wiebe   United States Royal Birkdale 271 −9 Playoff   Bernhard Langer
The Senior Open Championship
2012 Fred Couples   United States Turnberry 271 −9 2 strokes   Gary Hallberg
2011 Russ Cochran   United States Walton Heath 276 −12 2 strokes   Mark Calcavecchia
The Senior Open Championship presented by MasterCard
2010 Bernhard Langer   Germany Carnoustie 279 −5 1 stroke   Corey Pavin
2009 Loren Roberts (2)   United States Sunningdale 268 −12 Playoff   Fred Funk
  Mark McNulty
2008 Bruce Vaughan   United States Royal Troon 278 −6 Playoff   John Cook
The Senior Open Championship presented by Aberdeen Asset Management
2007 Tom Watson (3)   United States Muirfield 284 E 1 stroke   Stewart Ginn
  Mark O'Meara
The Senior British Open Championship presented by Aberdeen Asset Management
2006 Loren Roberts   United States Turnberry 274 −6 Playoff   Eduardo Romero
2005 Tom Watson (2)   United States Royal Aberdeen 280 −4 Playoff   Des Smyth
The Senior British Open Championship presented by MasterCard
2004 Pete Oakley   United States Royal Portrush 284 −4 1 stroke   Tom Kite
  Eduardo Romero
Senior British Open presented by MasterCard
2003 Tom Watson   United States Turnberry 263 −17 Playoff   Carl Mason
2002 Noboru Sugai   Japan Royal County Down 281 −3 2 strokes   John Irwin
2001 Ian Stanley   Australia 278 −6 Playoff   Bob Charles
2000 Christy O'Connor Jnr (2)   Ireland 275 −9 2 strokes   John Bland
Senior British Open
1999 Christy O'Connor Jnr   Ireland Royal Portrush 282 −6 3 strokes   John Bland
1998 Brian Huggett   Wales 283 −5 Playoff   Eddie Polland
1997 Gary Player (3)   South Africa 278 −10 Playoff   John Bland
1996 Brian Barnes (2)   Scotland 277 −11 3 strokes   Bob Charles
  David Oakley
1995 Brian Barnes   Scotland 281 −7 Playoff   Bob Murphy
1994 Tom Wargo   United States Royal Lytham 280 −8 2 strokes   Bob Charles
  Doug Dalziel
1993 Bob Charles (2)   New Zealand 291 +7 1 stroke   Tommy Horton
  Gary Player
1992 John Fourie   South Africa 282 −2 3 strokes   Bob Charles
  Neil Coles
Seniors' British Open
1991 Bobby Verwey   South Africa Royal Lytham 285 +1 1 stroke   Bob Charles
  Tommy Horton
Volvo Seniors' British Open
1990 Gary Player (2)   South Africa Turnberry 280 E 1 stroke   Deane Beman
  Brian Waites
1989 Bob Charles   New Zealand 269 −11 7 strokes   Billy Casper
1988 Gary Player   South Africa 272 −8 1 stroke   Billy Casper
Seniors' British Open
1987 Neil Coles   England Turnberry 279 −1 1 stroke   Bob Charles
  1. ^ Championship cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7]


  • 2013: Wiebe beat Langer with a par at the fifth extra hole. Play was suspended because of darkness after two holes of the playoff and the pair returned on Monday morning to complete it.
  • 2009: Roberts beat McNulty with a par at the third extra hole. Funk was eliminated at the first extra hole where Roberts and McNulty had birdies.
  • 2008: Vaughan beat Cook with a birdie at the first extra hole.
  • 2006: Roberts beat Romero with a par at the first extra hole.
  • 2005: Watson beat Smyth with a par at the third extra hole.
  • 2003: Watson beat Mason with a par at the second extra hole.
  • 2001: Stanley beat Charles with a par at the first extra hole.
  • 1998: Huggett beat Polland with a par at the first extra hole.
  • 1997: Player beat Bland with a birdie at the second extra hole.
  • 1995: Barnes beat Murphy with an eagle at the third extra hole.

Multiple winnersEdit

Seven players have multiple victories in the Senior Open Championship:

Winners of both The Open and the Senior OpenEdit

Three players have won both The Open Championship and the Senior Open, the professional majors run by the R&A.

Player Open Championship Senior Open
  Gary Player 1959, 1968, 1974 1988, 1990, 1997
  Bob Charles 1963 1989, 1993
  Tom Watson 1975, 1977, 1980, 1982, 1983 2003, 2005, 2007

Final round ratingsEdit

2019: 691 thousand on NBC[9]

Host coursesEdit

The Senior Open Championship has been played at the following courses, listed in order of number of times hosted (as of 2019):

Future venuesEdit

Year Course Town County Country Dates
2021 Sunningdale Sunningdale Berkshire England TBD


Year Course Town County Country Dates
2022 Kings Course Auchterarder Perthshire Scotland July 21–24, 2022



  1. ^ "Senior Open Championship: results". PGA Tour. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
  2. ^ Senior British Open now a Major
  3. ^ Senior British Open elevated to Senior Major
  4. ^ "PGA Tour Champions recognizes Gary Player's Senior British Open wins as major titles". Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  5. ^ Herrington, Ryan (21 December 2018). "How well do you remember what happened in golf in 2018? Take our quiz". Golf Digest. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  6. ^ Inglis, Martin (3 February 2016). "Tom Watson plays key role as Senior Open heads to St Andrews". bunkered.
  7. ^ a b c Dempster, Martin (2 July 2020). "Senior Open cancelled for first time in its history". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  8. ^ "The Senior Open Championship 2017 – Entry Form" (PDF). European Senior Tour. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Senior Open Championship ratings". ShowBuzzDaily. Mitch Metcalf. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  10. ^

External linksEdit

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