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Best Golfers in the History of the Champions Tour

Best Golfers in the History of the Champions Tour

Following your heart never gets old, and since the Champions Tour premiered in 1980, senior players have found a haven to keep doing what they love. It is sad to fall into oblivion after a decorated career on the PGA TOUR because once you have tasted the magic of golf, you’ll want to swing a club now and then. Thankfully, the senior circuit is the ultimate league to connect with your peers and play competitive golf even as you settle into your latter years.

Top 10 Golfers in Champions Tour History

Hale Irwin

Hale Irwin joined the Champions Tour in 1995, and between then and 2007, the golfer recorded 45 wins, including seven senior majors. The highly-decorated golfer was scoring leader four times, money leader thrice, and scooped three Player of the Year awards. Hale’s consistency was arguably his best quality, considering he recorded at least 11 Top 10 finishes per season and won over twice a year on tour.

Bernhard Langer

Bernhard Langer has been the face of the Champions Tour in modern times, recording 45 wins between 2007 and 2023, including 11 senior majors. The all-time leading money winner has 9 Player of the Year titles, the most ever by any golfer on the senior circuit. Langer, like his counterpart Irwin, has been a model of consistency, recording exemplary results every year he has been healthy and able to play a full schedule.

Lee Trevino

During his decade-long stint on the Champions Tour between 1990 and 2000, Lee Trevino scored 29 total wins, including four senior majors. Trevino was the Player of the Year three times, scoring leader thrice, and led the money list twice. The Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open titles are among the his accolades.

Bob Charles

Bob Charles’ run on the Champions Tour from 1987 to 1996 proved very successful and lucrative, producing 25 total wins, including two senior majors. Charles recorded the lowest scoring average three times in 1988, 1989, and 1993 and made history as the first left-hander to win a major and entered the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Gil Morgan

For the 11 seasons between 1996 and 2007, Gil Morgan recorded 25 wins on the Champions Tour, including three senior majors. Morgan’s best years came in 1997 and 1998 where he recorded six wins yearly. Although he never led the tour in money or won any Player of the Year titles, he was the scoring leader twice.

Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship Pro-Am held at Baltimore Country Club/Five Farms (East Course) on September 30, 2009 in Timonium, Maryland