Senior Open Championship Winners

Gary Player is among the Senior British Open winners
The Senior Open Championship is one of the majors in senior (over-50) golf. It is also called The Senior Open or, by some golfers, the Senior British Open (to differentiate it from the U.S. Senior Open). This tournament is run by the R&A and has been a senior major in Europe since its founding in 1987. The tournament pre-dates the founding of the European Seniors Tour (which happened in 1992).

The U.S.-based Champions Tour, however, did not recognize this event as one of its own majors until 2003. The Senior Open Championship is played on many of the same golf courses that host the British Open. But it also ventures outside the normal Open rota, including, sometimes, onto non-links courses.

Golfers With Most Senior British Open Wins

The record for most wins in the Senior British Open is four:
  • 4 wins — Bernhard Langer (2010, 2014, 2017, 2019)
  • 3 wins — Gary Player (1988, 1990, 1997)
  • 3 wins — Tom Watson (2003, 2005, 2007)

Full List of Senior Open Championship Winners

Here is the year-by-year list of winners of the Senior British Open. If a playoff occurred, it is listed in parentheses.

2019 — Bernhard Langer, 274
2018 — Miguel Angel Jimenez, 276
2017 — Bernhard Langer, 280
2016 — Paul Broadhurst, 277
2015 — Marco Dawson, 264
2014 — Bernhard Langer, 266
2013 — Mark Wiebe, 271 (Wiebe defeated Bernhard Langer on fifth hole of playoff)
2012 — Fred Couples, 271
2011 — Russ Cochran, 276
2010 — Bernhard Langer, 279
2009 — Loren Roberts, 268 (Roberts defeated Mark McNulty and Fred Funk in a playoff)
2008 — Bruce Vaughan, 278 (Vaughn def. John Cook on first hole of playoff)
2007 — Tom Watson, 284
2006 — Loren Roberts, 274 (Roberts def. Andres Romero on first hole of playoff)
2005 — Tom Watson, 280 (Watson def. Des Smyth on third hole of playoff)
2004 — Pete Oakley, 284
2003 — Tom Watson, 263 (Watson def. Carl Mason on second hole of playoff)
2002 — Noboru Sugai, 281
2001 — Ian Stanley, 278 (Stanley def. Bob Charles on first hole of playoff)
2000 — Christy O'Connor Jr., 275
1999 — Christy O'Connor Jr., 286
1998 — Brian Huggett, 283 (Huggett def. Eddie Polland on first hole of playoff)
1997 — Gary Player, 278 (Player def. John Bland on second hole of playoff)
1996 — Brian Barnes, 277
1995 — Brian Barnes, 281 (Barnes def. Bob Murphy on third hole of playoff)
1994 — Tom Wargo, 280
1993 — Bob Charles, 291
1992 — John Fourie, 282
1991 — Bobby Verwey, 285
1990 — Gary Player, 280
1989 — Bob Charles, 269
1988 — Gary Player, 272
1987 — Neil Coles, 279

Player, Charles and Watson are the only golfers so far who have won both the Open Championship and the Senior Open Championship.

The record for lowest winning score is 263, set by Tom Watson in 2003.

Photo credit: Gary Player photographed by Lady 11390 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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