PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS (formerly the SENIOR PGA TOUR and the CHAMPIONS
TOUR) is a men's professional senior golf tour , administered as a
branch of the
PGA Tour .
* 1 History and format
* 2 Exemptions and qualifying
* 3 2017 schedule
* 4 2016 money leaders
* 5 Money winners and most wins leaders
* 5.1 Multiple money list titles
* 6 Leading career money winners
* 7 See also
* 8 References
* 9 External links
HISTORY AND FORMAT
Senior PGA Championship , founded in 1937, was for many years the
only high-profile tournament for golfers over 50. The idea for a
senior tour grew out of a highly successful event in 1978, the Legends
Golf , which featured competition between two-member teams of some
of the greatest older golfers of that day. The tour was formally
established in 1980 and was originally known as the SENIOR PGA TOUR
until October 2002 . The tour was then renamed the CHAMPIONS TOUR
through the 2015 season , after which the current name of "PGA Tour
Champions" was adopted.
Of the 26 tournaments on the 2010 schedule, all were in the United
States except for the
Senior Open Championship , a tournament in the
Dominican Republic that started in 2008, and tournaments in
South Korea starting in 2010. The guaranteed minimum official prize
money is $51.5 million over 26 tournaments, with a record average
purse of $1.98 million per event; slightly higher than the 2008 prize
money of $51.4 million over the same number of events. The total
prize money and number of events, however, are down from previous
years—for example, the 2007 tour offered a total of $55.2 million
over 29 events.
Most of the tournaments are played over three rounds (54 holes),
which is one round fewer than regular professional stroke play
tournaments on the PGA Tour. Because of this and having smaller fields
(81 golfers), there are generally no "cuts" between any of the rounds.
However, the five senior majors have a full 72 holes (four rounds)
with a 36-hole cut, while the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup
Championship , currently with a limited field of 36, is played over 72
holes with no cut. A golfer's performances can be quite variable from
one round to the next, and playing an extra round increases the
likelihood that the senior majors will be won by leading players.
Through the 2015 season, the
Charles Schwab Cup was a season-long
points race. Points were given to players who finished in the top 10.
One point was earned for each $1,000 won (i.e. $500,000 = 500 points)
with majors counting double. From the Cup's inception in 1990 through
2015, the top 30 players competed in the Charles Schwab Cup
Championship, which was contested over four rounds and where all
contestants earned points. The top five finishers in the points race
In 2016, the format of the
Charles Schwab Cup was radically changed
to a playoff-style format similar to that used for the
FedEx Cup on
the main PGA Tour. Qualification for the playoffs is now based on
money earned during the
PGA Tour Champions season. The top 72 players
on the money list automatically qualify for the first playoff event,
the PowerShares QQQ Championship. Additionally, if one or more golfers
finish in the top 10 in the final non-playoff event, the SAS
Championship, and are not in the top 72 on the money list entering the
playoffs, the highest such finisher in the
SAS Championship will also
receive a playoff place. The playoffs operate on a points system, with
each qualifying player receiving a points total equal to the money
earned on the season. Points during the first two playoff events, the
QQQ Championship and Dominion Charity Classic, are also based on money
earned, except that the winner of each of those events receives double
points. The playoff field is cut to 54 for the Dominion Charity
Classic, and finally to 36 for the
Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
After the Dominion Charity Classic, the field's points are reset so
that each of the remaining 36 players can theoretically win the
Charles Schwab Cup, and that each of the top five players can clinch
Charles Schwab Cup by winning the final event.
In 2006 , the Champions Tour Division Board of the PGA Tour
organization voted to allow players the option to use golf carts
during most events on the tour. The five major championships and
certain other events, including pro-ams, are excluded.
EXEMPTIONS AND QUALIFYING
PGA Tour Champions competitor and TV golf analyst Bobby
Clampett has called the process for determining the field in tour
events "the most complicated system known to man," and added that "ot
a single player even understands it fully."
Clampett attempted to explain the process in a 2011 post on his blog.
Standard tour events—apart from invitationals and majors, which have
their own entry criteria—have a field of 78 (currently 81). The
first 60 places in the field are filled as follows:
* The top 30 players, not otherwise exempt, who finished in the top
50 of the previous year's
PGA Tour Champions money list.
* Up to 30 players who are in the top 70 of the all-time combined
PGA Tour and
PGA Tour Champions money list.
This leaves 18 places:
* Members of the World
Golf Hall of Fame eligible by age.
* Winners of
PGA Tour Champions events in the previous 12 months.
* At the start of the season, 5 players from the previous year's PGA
Tour Champions Qualifying Tournament, in order of finish. During July,
this category changes to include all non-exempt players based on the
season's money list.
* Previously exempt players coming off medical exemptions.
* Top four players in their first two years of age eligibility with
PGA Tour wins.
* One spot for the highest finisher, not already exempt, within the
top 10 of the previous week's tournament. Note, however, that a top-10
finish in a regular tournament does not qualify a player for a major.
In another quirk, a top-10 finish in a major does not qualify a player
for the next tournament on the schedule, even if it is a regular
* Up to 5 spots for sponsor's exemptions, but subject to reduction
or elimination if the previous categories fill out the field.
* Up to 4 spots for Monday qualifiers , also subject to reduction or
2017 PGA Tour Champions season
2016 MONEY LEADERS
This lists the final money leaders for the 2016 season.
PRIZE MONEY ($ )
Miguel Ángel Jiménez
There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here.
MONEY WINNERS AND MOST WINS LEADERS
Players who lead the money list on
PGA Tour Champions win the Arnold
Palmer Award .
EARNINGS ($ )
2: Michael Allen , Roger Chapman ,
Fred Couples ,
David Frost ,
Fred Funk ,
Bernhard Langer ,
Tom Lehman , Willie Wood
3: John Cook ,
Bernhard Langer ,
Jay Haas ,
Bob Gilder ,
Jim Colbert , Bob Murphy
5: Mike Hill
5: Bob Charles
5: Bob Charles ,
Chi Chi Rodriguez
Chi Chi Rodriguez
9: Peter Thomson
Roberto DeVicenzo ,
Don January ,
Arnold Palmer ,
MULTIPLE MONEY LIST TITLES
The following players have won more than one money list title through
Hale Irwin ,
Miller Barber , Bob Charles ,
Jim Colbert ,
Jay Haas , Dave
LEADING CAREER MONEY WINNERS
The table shows the top ten career money leaders on PGA Tour
Champions through the 2016 season.
EARNINGS ($ )
There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here. The PGA Tour
also publishes a list of
PGA Tour Champions players' total career
earnings on its three tours here. The top two players on that list are
Vijay Singh and
Davis Love III , who respectively became eligible for
the circuit then known as the Champions Tour in February 2013 and
April 2014. Singh has won a total of $71.0 million, but only played in
six Champions Tour events in his first three years of eligibility,
earning just over $400,000 on that tour. Love has won $44.5 million
in all, but only played in five Champions Tour events in his first two
years of eligibility, earning slightly under $110,000; he won an event
on the regular
PGA Tour in 2015. Among those who have played at least
one full season on
PGA Tour Champions,
Kenny Perry is the all-time
leader, with a total of $39.5 million, including $7.4 million in
Champions Tour earnings since becoming eligible in October 2010.
Golf in the
Champions Tour awards
Champions Tour records
List of golfers with most Champions Tour major championship wins
List of golfers with most Champions Tour wins
Professional golf tours
* ^ "Career wins".
PGA Tour Champions. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
* ^ "Champions Tour announces schedule for 2010". PGA Tour.
November 24, 2009. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
* ^ "Champions Tour releases schedule for 2009". PGA Tour. November
12, 2008. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
* ^ "Champions Tour unveils schedule of 29 official events for
2008". PGA Tour. June 28, 2007. Archived from the original on December
* ^ "Champions Tour announces 2016 schedule and format for
Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs" (Press release). PGA Tour.
November 11, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2016.
* ^ A B C Clampett, Bobby. "Insight Into the Champion\'s (sic) Tour
Exemption Process". BobbyClampett.com. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
* ^ A B Rubenstein, Lorne (September 12, 2011). "Rutledge Embraces
Vagabond Life of Champions Tour". GlobalGolfPost.com. Retrieved
September 9, 2012.
* ^ "
Vijay Singh Career Summary". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 29,
* ^ "
Davis Love III Career Summary". PGA Tour. Retrieved November