The Tradition

The Tradition (known as the Regions Tradition for sponsorship reasons) is an event on the PGA Tour Champions tour. First staged 31 years ago in 1989, the PGA Tour recognizes the event as one of the five senior major golf championships. Unlike the U.S. Senior Open, Senior PGA Championship and Senior Open Championship, it is not recognized as a major by the European Senior Tour, and is not part of that tour's official schedule. It is the only senior major where the winner does not earn an exemption into a PGA Tour or European Tour event.

The Tradition
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Tournament information
LocationBirmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Established1989, 31 years ago
Course(s)Greystone G&CC,
Founders Course
Length7,277 yards (6,654 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
FormatStroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund$2.4 million
Month playedSeptember in 2020
Current champion
United States Steve Stricker
Birmingham is located in the United States
Location in the United States
Greystone G & CC is located in Alabama
Greystone G & CC
G & CC
Location in Alabama



From its inception in 1989 through 2001, the tournament was held in Arizona at the Cochise Golf Course of the Golf Club at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale. In 2002, it was held at the Prospector Course of Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club near Gold Canyon.[2] While in Arizona, the event was played in early April.


In 2003, the event relocated to northwest Oregon for four years at the South Course of The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, just west of Portland. Following the 2006 edition, it moved to the high desert of central Oregon for four years, to the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, south of Bend. The lengthy course sits on 600 acres (2.4 km2) of woodlands and preserved wetlands along the Deschutes River, at an average elevation of 4,170 feet (1,270 m) above sea level. The par-72 layout played at 7,316 yards (6,690 m) in 2009. During the eight years in Oregon, the event was held in mid- to late August.


Following the 2010 event, Birmingham, Alabama-based Regions Financial Corporation announced in August that it was taking over sponsorship of the tournament. For five years, the event was played at the Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in the Shoal Creek development, southeast of Birmingham. [3] The Tradition superseded the Regions Charity Classic, a regular Champions Tour event which began in 1992 as the Bruno's Memorial Classic.[4] Shoal Creek previously hosted two PGA Championships, in 1984 and 1990.

Since moving to Alabama in 2011, the event has been played in May and June. It moved from Shoal Creek to the nearby Greystone Golf and Country Club in 2016, and is held on the recently renovated Founders Course.


Year Champion Country Course Location Winner's
share ($)
Regions Tradition
2020 Greystone G&CC
Founders course
Hoover, Alabama 360,000
2019 Steve Stricker   United States 360,000
2018 Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain 360,000
2017 Bernhard Langer (2)   Germany 345,000
2016 Bernhard Langer   Germany 345,000
2015 Jeff Maggert   United States Shoal Creek G&CC Shoal Creek, Alabama 345,000
2014 Kenny Perry   United States 330,000
2013 David Frost   South Africa 335,000
2012 Tom Lehman (2)   United States 335,000
2011 Tom Lehman   United States 330,000
JELD-WEN Tradition
2010 Fred Funk (2)   United States Crosswater Club Sunriver, Oregon 392,000
2009 Mike Reid   United States 392,000
2008 Fred Funk   United States 392,000
2007 Mark McNulty   Zimbabwe
2006 Eduardo Romero   Argentina The Reserve Vineyards
and Golf Club

(South course)
Aloha, Oregon 375,000
2005 Loren Roberts   United States 375,000
2004 Craig Stadler   United States 345,000
2003 Tom Watson   United States 330,000
The Countrywide Tradition
2002 Jim Thorpe   United States Superstition Mountain G&CC
(Prospector course)
Superstition Mountain,
2001 Doug Tewell   United States Golf Club at Desert Mountain
(Cochise course)
Scottsdale, Arizona 255,000
2000 Tom Kite   United States 240,000
The Tradition presented by Countrywide
1999 Graham Marsh   Australia Golf Club at Desert Mountain
(Cochise course)
Scottsdale, Arizona 225,000
1998 Gil Morgan (2)   United States 210,000
1997 Gil Morgan   United States 180,000
The Tradition
1996 Jack Nicklaus (4)   United States Golf Club at Desert Mountain
(Cochise course)
Scottsdale, Arizona 150,000
1995 Jack Nicklaus (3)   United States 150,000
1994 Raymond Floyd   United States 127,500
1993 Tom Shaw   United States 127,500
1992 Lee Trevino   United States 120,000
The Tradition at Desert Mountain
1991 Jack Nicklaus (2)   United States Golf Club at Desert Mountain
(Cochise course)
Scottsdale, Arizona 120,000
1990 Jack Nicklaus   United States 120,000
1989 Don Bies   United States 90,000 

Multiple winnersEdit

Through 2019, five men have multiple wins in The Tradition:


  1. ^ "Course map". Regions Tradition. 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  2. ^ The Countrywide Tradition moves to a new home
  3. ^ - How the Regions Tradition came to Shoal Creek - 2011-05-04
  4. ^ Shoal Creek will host Regions Tradition in 2011

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 33°25′46″N 86°39′03″W / 33.4294°N 86.6508°W / 33.4294; -86.6508