Largest Margins of Victory Ever on the Champions Tour

Fred Funk, Champions Tour golfer
Which golfer holds the record for the largest winning margin in the history of the Champions Tour? Actually, two golfers hold that record, because the tour plays both 54-hole tournaments and 72-hole tournaments. And Bernhard Langer and Fred Funk are those two recordholders; Langer is the overall lead in margin-of-victory for the senior set.

Biggest Champions Tour Winning Margins, 72 Holes

The recordholder in 72-hole tournaments is Bernhard Langer, who won the 2014 Senior Open Championship — a senior major, no less — by a whopping 13 strokes.

This is the list of the biggest 72-hole margins of victory:

  • 13 strokes: Bernhard Langer, 2014 Senior Open Championship
  • 12 strokes: Hale Irwin, 1997 Senior PGA Championship
  • 11 strokes: Arnold Palmer, 1985 Senior Tournament Players Championship
  • 11 strokes: Orville Moody, 1988 The Vintage Chrysler Invitational
  • 9 strokes: Doug Tewell, 2001 Countrywide Tradition
  • 9 strokes: Andy Bean, 2008 Charles Schwab Cup Championship
Remarkable that four of the above six record margins were achieved in senior majors.

Biggest Champions Tour Winning Margins, 54 Holes

And these are the recordholders in three-round tournaments for margin of victory:
  • 11 strokes: Fred Funk, 2007 Turtle Bay Championship
  • 9 strokes: Rod Funseth, 1983 Hall of Fame Tournament
  • 9 strokes: Gibby Gilbert, 1992 Southwestern Bell Classic
  • 9 strokes: Dave Stockton, 1993 Franklin Quest Championship
Photo credit: "Fred Funk" by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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