Senior PGA Championship Winners

The Senior PGA Championship traces its origins to 1937, making it the oldest of the major championships in men's senior golf. And that means its list of winners includes many names from decades prior to the founding of the Champions Tour. (However, winners prior to 1980, when the Champions Tour launched, are not credited with major championship wins by that tour.)

Before we run down the list of Senior PGA Championship winners, let's consider which golfers have won this tournament most often.

Golfers With Most Senior PGA Championship Wins

  • 6 wins — Sam Snead, 1965-65, 1967, 1970, 1972-73)
  • 4 wins — Hale Irwin, 1996-97-98, 2004
  • 3 wins — Eddie Williams (1942, 1945-46), Al Watrous (1950-51, 1957), Gary Player (1986, 1988, 1990)

Full List of Senior PGA Championship Winners

Here is the full list of winners. Included are the champions' winning scores, plus in a few places we note changes to the tournament's official name. (p-won playoff)

Senior PGA Championship

2019 — Ken Tanigawa, 277
2018 — Paul Broadhurst, 265
2017 — Bernhard Langer, 270
2016 — Rocco Mediate, 265
2015 — Colin Montgomerie, 280
2014 — Colin Montgomerie, 271
2013 — Kohki Idoki, 273
2012 — Roger Chapman, 271
2011 — Tom Watson, 278
2010 — Tom Lehman-p, 281
2009 — Michael Allen, 274
2008 — Jay Haas, 287
2007 — Denis Watson, 279
2006 — Jay Haas, 279
2005 — Mike Reid, 280
2004 — Hale Irwin, 276
2003 — John Jacobs, 276
2002 — Fuzzy Zoeller, 278
2001 — Tom Watson, 274

PGA Seniors Championship

2000 — Doug Tewell, 201 (shorted to 54 holes by bad weather)
1999 — Allen Doyle, 274
1998 — Hale Irwin, 275
1997 — Hale Irwin, 274
1996 — Hale Irwin, 280
1995 — Raymond Floyd, 277
1994 — Lee Trevino, 279
1993 — Tom Wargo-p, 275
1992 — Lee Trevino, 278
1991 — Jack Nicklaus, 271
1990 — Gary Player, 281

General Foods PGA Seniors Championship

1989 — Larry Mowry, 281
1988 — Gary Player, 284
1987 — Chi Chi Rodriguez, 282
1986 — Gary Player, 281

PGA Seniors Championship

1984 (Dec.) — Peter Thomson, 286
1984 (Jan.) — Arnold Palmer, 282
1982 — Don January, 288
1981 — Miller Barber, 281
1980 — Arnold Palmer-p, 289
1979 (Dec.) — Don January, 270
1979 (Feb.) — Jack Fleck-p, 289
1978 — Joe Jimenez-p, 286
1977 — Julius Boros, 283
1976 — Pete Cooper, 283
1975 — Charles Sifford-p, 280
1974 — Roberto De Vicenzo, 273
1973 — Sam Snead, 268
1972 — Sam Snead, 286
1971 — Julius Boros, 285
1970 — Sam Snead, 290
1969 — Tommy Bolt, 278
1968 — Chandler Harper, 279
1967 — Sam Snead, 279
1966 — Fred Haas Jr., 286
1965 — Sam Snead, 278
1964 — Sam Snead, 279
1963 — Herman Barron, 272
1962 — Paul Runyan, 278
1961 — Paul Runyan, 278
1960 — Dick Metz, 284
1959 — Willie Goggin, 284
1958 — Gene Sarazen, 288

(From 1954-57, tournaments were 54 holes in length.)

1957 — Al Watrous-p, 210
1956 — Pete Burke, 215
1955 — Mortie Dutra, 213
1954 — Gene Sarazen, 214

(From 1938-53, tournaments were 36 holes in length.)

1953 — Harry Schwab, 142
1952 — Ernie Newnham, 146
1951 — Al Watrous-p, 142
1950 — Al Watrous, 142
1949 — Marshall Crichton, 145
1948 — Charles McKenna, 141
1947 — Jock Hutchison, 145
1946 — Eddie Williams-p, 146
1945 — Eddie Williams, 148
1944 — Not played
1943 — Not played
1942 — Eddie Williams, 138
1941 — Jack Burke Sr., 142
1940 — Otto Hackbarth-p, 146
1939 — Not played
1938 — Freddie McLeod-p, 154
1937 — Jock Hutchison, 223 (54 holes)

* — the Senior PGA Championship was played twice in 1979 and in 1984 as it transitioned to a new slot on the schedule.

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