Oldest Winners Ever on the Champions Tour

In the history of the Champions Tour, the PGA Tour's circuit for golfers 50 and older, only six golfers have won past the age of 62. Two of those were 63. So far, only one golfer aged 64 or older has won on the Champions Tour, and that golfer appears twice on the list of oldest winners.

The List of Oldest Champions Tour Winners

These are the golfers who've won at age 62 and older:

  • Bernhard Langer: 64 years, 1 month, 27 days, 2021 Dominion Energy Charity Classic
  • Scott Hoch: 63 years, 5 months, 4 days, 2019 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge
  • Mike Fetchick: 63 years to the day, 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational
  • Jay Haas: 62 years, 10 months, 7 days, 2016 Toshiba Classic
  • Gary Player: 62 years, 9 months, 22 days, 1998 Northville Long Island Classic
  • Bernhard Langer: 62 years, 6 months, 3 days, 2020 Cologuard Classic
  • Mark O'Meara: 62 years, 1 month, 18 days, 2019 Cologuard Classic

The Overall Record-Holder: Bernhard Langer

In 2021, Bernhard Langer became the first 64-year-old to win on the Champions Tour. He was already part of the list above, his previous win happening in 2020 at age 62. But when Langer won the 2021 Dominion Energy Charity Classic, he moved himself to the top of the list.

Langer's victory in that tournament happened in a playoff. He made a six-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Doug Barron and claim the trophy, plus the age record. It was Langer's 42nd career win on the Champions Tour.

When Langer moved to the top, he displaced the previous record-holder, Scott Hoch. The Champions Tour had listed Hoch as it's oldest-ever winner, even though Hoch himself felt he didn't deserve the record. In 2019, at age 63, Hoch won the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf. But that was a team tournament in which Hoch partnered Tom Pernice Jr. It was also a tournament played on a par-3 course.

Because of those facts — team tournament, par-3 course — Hoch said he didn't feel like it should count as the record: "It's a team event. It's great that I won, but I don't think you can compare that to an individual win."

But, Hoch's protests to the contrary, the Champions Tour did, in fact, count Hoch as the tour's oldest-ever winner. The debate over whether Hoch's team win in 2019 really should count for the record was rendered moot when Langer took over the top spot at age 64.

Popular posts from this blog

The Vijay Singh Cheating Incident Explained

Ryder Cup Captains: The Full List