In 2006 the U.S. Senior Open, Senior Players Championship, and Senior British Open were held in July and were consecutive on the schedule. There was no event in the week after the Senior Players, allowing golfers adequate time to travel to the United Kingdom and acclimatise for the Senior British Open two weeks later. This gave the Champions Tour a very clear peak period, which is not found on most other tours, including the PGA Tour. In 2007 the Senior Players Championship moves to October to spread the majors over a longer period of time. Unlike the mainstream majors, some of the senior majors have title sponsors.
The Senior PGA is by far the oldest of the senior majors, having commenced in the 1930s. The other four tournaments all date from 1980 or later, having been founded in the era when senior golf became a commercial success. This occurred when the first big golf stars of the television era, men such as Arnold Palmer and Gary Player, began to reach the relevant age.
Unlike mainstream men's golf, the senior game does not have a globally agreed set of majors. The three majors recognised by the European Seniors Tour are the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. and British Senior Opens. However, the Champions Tour is much more dominant in global senior golf than the PGA Tour is in mainstream men's golf.
Through the 2008 The Tradition there have been 108 senior majors of which 89 have been won by American golfers and 19 by non-Americans. Thus, Americans have been considerably more dominant at this level than they have been in either regular majors or women's majors in recent decades.
Jack Nicklaus holds the record for the most senior majors won with 8. He also has the record for the number of regular majors won (18).
|Year||Senior PGA Championship||Senior British Open Championship||U.S. Senior Open||The Tradition||Senior Players Championship|
|2008||Jay Haas (2/2)||Bruce Vaughan||Eduardo Romero (2/2)||Fred Funk|
|2007||Denis Watson||Tom Watson (5/5)||Brad Bryant||Mark McNulty||Loren Roberts (3/3)|
|2006||Jay Haas (1/2)||Loren Roberts (2/3)||Allen Doyle (4/4)||Eduardo Romero (1/2)||Bobby Wadkins|
|2005||Mike Reid||Tom Watson (4/5)||Allen Doyle (3/4)||Loren Roberts (1/3)||Peter Jacobsen (2/2)|
|2004||Hale Irwin (7/7)||Pete Oakley||Peter Jacobsen (1/2)||Craig Stadler (2/2)||Mark James|
|2003||John Jacobs||Tom Watson (2/5)||Bruce Lietzke||Tom Watson (3/5)||Craig Stadler (1/2)|
|2002||Fuzzy Zoeller||Not a Champions Tour event||Don Pooley||Jim Thorpe||Stewart Ginn|
|2001||Tom Watson (1/5)||Bruce Fleisher||Doug Tewell (2/2)||Allen Doyle (2/4)|
|2000||Doug Tewell (1/2)||Hale Irwin (6/7)||Tom Kite||Ray Floyd (4/4)|
|1999||Allen Doyle (1/4)||Dave Eichelberger||Graham Marsh (2/2)||Hale Irwin (5/7)|
|1998||Hale Irwin (3/7)||Hale Irwin (4/7)||Gil Morgan (2/3)||Gil Morgan (3/3)|
|1997||Hale Irwin (2/7)||Graham Marsh (1/2)||Gil Morgan (1/3)||Larry Gilbert|
|1996||Hale Irwin (1/7)||Dave Stockton (3/3)||Jack Nicklaus (8/8)||Ray Floyd (3/4)|
|1995||Ray Floyd (2/4)||Tom Weiskopf||Jack Nicklaus (7/8)||J. C. Snead|
|1994||Lee Trevino (4/4)||Simon Hobday||Ray Floyd (1/4)||Dave Stockton (2/3)|
|1993||Tom Wargo||Jack Nicklaus (6/8)||Tom Shaw||Jim Colbert|
|1992||Lee Trevino (2/4)||Larry Laoretti||Lee Trevino (3/4)||Dave Stockton (1/3)|
|1991||Jack Nicklaus (3/8)||Jack Nicklaus (4/8)||Jack Nicklaus (5/8)||Jim Albus|
|1990||Gary Player (6/6)||Lee Trevino (1/4)||Jack Nicklaus (1/8)||Jack Nicklaus (2/8)|
|1989||Larry Mowry||Orville Moody (1/2)||Don Bies||Orville Moody (2/2)|
|1988||Gary Player (4/6)||Gary Player (5/6)||Founded in 1989||Billy Casper (2/2)|
|1987||Chi Chi Rodriguez (2/2)||Gary Player (2/6)||Gary Player (3/6)|
|1986||Gary Player (1/6)||Founded in 1987||Dale Douglass||Chi Chi Rodriguez (1/2)|
|1985||Not held||Miller Barber (5/5)||Arnold Palmer (5/5)|
|1984||Dec. Peter Thomson||Miller Barber (4/5)||Arnold Palmer (4/5)|
|Jan. Arnold Palmer (3/5)|
|1983||Not held||Billy Casper (1/2)||Miller Barber (3/5)|
|1982||Don January||Miller Barber (2/5)||Founded in 1983|
|1981||Miller Barber (1/5)||Arnold Palmer (2/5)|
|1980||Arnold Palmer (1/5)||Roberto DeVicenzo|
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