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. And two of those were 63.

The List of Oldest Champions Tour Winners

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

  • 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: Scott Hoch (Or Is He?)

In 2019, Scott Hoch displaced Mike Fetchick as the oldest winner ever on the Champions Tour, recording his record-setting victory at the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge. Fetchik had become the first 63-year-old to win — doing so on his birthday — at the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational. So Hoch broke one of the tour's oldest-standing records.

Hoch was six months older than Fetchick at the time of their respective victories. And Hoch's victory was wire-to-wire. But it's important to note that Hoch's win was also in a team tournament — he was partnered by Tom Pernice Jr., and the tournament also used a par-3 course.

Does that record really count? Yes, according to the Champions Tour. Hoch, however, said no. At the tournament's end, told of the record, Hoch said, "It's a team event. It's great that I won, but I don't think you can compare that to an individual win. I mean, the individual winner, especially getting 62, 63 or something like that."

But, Hoch's protests to the contrary, the Champions Tour does, in fact, count Hoch as the tour's oldest-ever winner. If you'd prefer to think of them as two separate records — Hoch as the oldest overall winner, Fetchick as the oldest individual winner — we think that's reasonable.

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