The Champions Tour, a golf tour run by the PGA Tour, hosts a series of events annually in the United States and the United Kingdom for golfers 50 years of age and older. Many of the PGA Tour's most successful golfers have gone on to play on the Champions Tour.
The Senior PGA Championship, founded in 1937, was for many years the only high-profile tournament for golfers over 50. The idea for a senior tour grew out of a highly successful event in 1978, the Legends of Golf, which featured competition between two-member teams of some of the greatest older golfers of that day. The tour was formally established in 1980 and was known as the Senior PGA Tour until October 2002. The original logo was based on the PGA Tour logo, with the red and blue reversed and with the golfer's profile modified to depict the wearing of a flat cap and plus fours.
Of the 26 tournaments on the 2010 schedule, all were in the United States except for the Senior British Open, a tournament in the Dominican Republic that started in 2008, and tournaments in Canada and South Korea starting in 2010. The guaranteed minimum official prize money is $51.5 million over 26 tournaments, with a record average purse of $1.98 million per event; slightly higher than the 2008 prize money of $51.4 million over the same number of events. The total prize money and number of events, however, are down from previous years—for example, the 2007 tour offered a total of $55.2 million over 29 events.
Most of the tournaments are played over three rounds (54 holes), which is one round less than regular professional stroke play tournaments on the PGA Tour. Because of this and having smaller fields, there are generally no "cuts" between any of the rounds. However, the five senior majors have a full 72 holes (four rounds). A golfer's performances can be quite variable from one round to the next, and playing an extra round increases the likelihood that the senior majors will be won by leading players.
In 2006, the Champions Tour Division Board of the PGA Tour organization voted to allow players the option to use golf carts during most events on the tour. The five major championships and certain other events, including pro-ams, are excluded.
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... Nielsen was a member of the PGA Tour from 1978–1983 but did not win any tournaments ... Nielsen became a member of the Champions Tour upon reaching the age of 50 in the summer of 2003 ... He won his first Champions Tour event at the Commerce Bank Championship in 2007 ...
... the top ten career money leaders on the Champions Tour through the end of the 2012 season ... Doyle United States 13,382,835 There is a full list on the PGA Tour's website here ... The PGA Tour also publishes a list of Champions Tour players' total career earnings on its three tours here ...
... did not become a household name during his days on the main ATP Tour but enough of his fellow players had seen his talent at first hand to be impressed ... However, when the Champions Tour was set up for players aged over 35 in 1993, he had found his niche ... Open finalist and Davis Cup winner Henri Leconte as well as former French Open champion Yannick Noah ...
... Legends of Golf is a golf tournament on the Champions Tour ... It is often called "The tournament that launched the Champions Tour" ... Its success provided impetus for the formation of the Senior PGA Tour in 1980 ...
... or The Players Championship Winners of the European Tour Order of Merit (now Race to Dubai) in first five years of age eligibility Winners of the BMW ... Current holder of the Japan PGA Senior Championship Current Japan Senior Open champion Top four players, not already exempt, in the top 40 of the current year's European Senior Tour Order of ... Senior Amateur champion Leading amateur in the previous year's Senior Open Championship who completed 72 holes The Championship Committee may award special exemptions ...
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