Biggest Final-Round Comebacks to Win on the Champions Tour

In the history of the Champions Tour, what is the record for largest come-from-behind win in the final round? That record is 10 strokes. Let's take a look at how that record was set, plus the other best comeback wins in the senior tour's history.

The Record: 10-Stroke Comeback

The biggest come-from-behind win in the final round of any Champions Tour tournament is 10 strokes. That record was set in 1994 by Jay Sigel at the GTE West Classic at Ojai Valley Inn & Country Club in California.

It was Sigel's first win on the senior tour, and he beat Jim Colbert with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole.

Sigel, a two-time U.S. Amateur Championship winner in his rookie year on the 50-and-over circuit, trailed Colbert by 10 strokes entering the final round. But Sigel closed with a 62 to catch Colbert, whose final-round score was 72. Sigel finished at 12-under 198 and won that playoff.

At the time, Sigel's 10-shot comeback was the largest not only on the Champions Tour, but bigger than any to that point on the PGA Tour.

(Related: Largest winning margins ever on the Champions Tour)

The List: Senior Tour's Biggest Come-From-Behind Wins

Here is the list of all Champions Tour final-round comebacks to win of seven strokes or more.

  • 10 strokes: Jay Sigel (over Jim Colbert), 1994 GTE West Classic
  • 9 strokes: Allen Doyle (over Loren Roberts, Craig Stadler), 2005 U.S. Senior Open
  • 8 strokes: Kevin Sutherland (over Scott Parel), 2019 Principal Charity Classic
  • 7 strokes: Rocky Thompson (over Mike Hill), 1994 GTE Suncoast Classic
  • 7 strokes: Ed Fiori (over Graham Marsh), 2004 MasterCard Classic
  • 7 strokes: Larry Nelson (over Wayne Levi), 2004 Administaff Small Business Classic
  • 7 strokes: Denis Watson (over Loren Roberts, Brad Bryant), 2008 AT&T Champions Classic
  • 7 strokes: Esteban Toledo (over Mike Goodes, Gene Sauers), 2013 Insperity Championship
It's very much worth noting that Doyle's 9-stroke comeback happened in the biggest, toughest tournament in senior golf, the U.S. Senior Open.

Also make note of Kevin Sutherland in third place. Sutherland was also the first golfer ever to shoot 59 on the Champions Tour.

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