PGA Tour Championship and the Senior PGA Tour: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

The PGA Tour Championship is one of the most exclusive golf tournaments in the PGA Tour season. In the past before the 2007 season, inclusion is limited to 30 of the top money winners of the Tour. From then until the present, inclusion is dependent on the amassed FedEx Cup points during the regular season of the Tour plus the three earlier playoff events.

Since 2009, any of the top 5 points leaders in the FedEx Cup heading into the PGA Tour Championship will also win the FedEx Cup if they win the Tour Championship. This is because of the assignment and awarding of points. This is just like in 2007 when Tiger Woods won the inaugural FedEx Cup and the Tour Championship.

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2007 was a good year for Tiger Woods

On the other hand, it’s also possible that there’ll be one winner for each just like in 2008 when Vijay Singh won the FedEx Cup and Camilo Villegas won the Tour Championship.

The tournament follows the Stroke play format. Since 2004, it calls the East Lake Golf Club as its home. The 7,346 yard golf course is a par 70 one. This course had its share of controversy, as fans called out its lack of drama on the par 3 18th hole. This is why the PGA Tour reversed the nines so that the 18th hole will be a more dramatic par 5 hole.

The tournament has been traditionally held every September. Starting 2019, the tournament will be held in the middle of August as part of the massive overhaul in the golf schedule of the PGA Tour. This is to take advantage of the lack of sporting events played in August.

Looking for the Senior PGA Tour?

You could be searching for details on what is now officially known as the PGA Tour Champions, formerly known as the Senior PGA Tour. Also formerly known as the Champions Tour, it’s a men’s professional golf tour under the PGA Tour for professional golfers over the age of 50.

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2018 is an exciting year for the Senior Tour.

It has gone a long way from the Legends of Golf tournament back in 1978 wherein teams with 2 of the best senior golfers on that date competed. It became formal in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, before its name was changed to Champions Tour from 2002 to 2015. Since then, it’s been known as the PGA Tour Champions.

There are 29 money events for the 2018 calendar. There are 5 senior majors for this year:

  • Regions Tradition
  • Senior PGA Championship
  • US Senior Open
  • Constellation Senior Players Championship
  • The Senior Open Championship

The US Senior Open won by 51 year old David Toms of the USA had a $4,000,000 purse.

Statistical Awards at the Senior Tour

There are 2 statistical awards:

  • Arnold Palmer Award

This is given to the highest earning golfer of the PGA Tour Champions season. German Bernhard Langer (age 60) has been dominating since 2012, winning the Arnold Palmer Award from 2012 until 2017.

  • Byron Nelson Award

This award is given to the golfer with the lowest scoring average. Again, Bernhard Langer has been dominating this award, winning from 2014 to 2017. Last 2017, he had an impressive scoring average of 68.03.

The National Senior Golf Association

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Join the the National Senior Golf Association.

If you’re not a professional golfer, chances are you’re not going to have the opportunity to join the PGA Tour Championship or the Senior PGA Tour. Don’t worry, because there’s still the National Senior Golf Association. NOTE: This is different from the SPGA or Slow Play Golf Association.

The NSGA accepts senior golfers of all skill levels. As a member, you can join friendly tournaments that can get very competitive as well. You get to play in the best golf courses, stay at exclusive resorts, and spend your senior years vacationing at the best golfing spots. It’s a great way to have fun as a senior golfer!

In addition, members get to enjoy exclusive deals from companies. The NSGA is becoming more and more influential, and this is why companies are looking to team up. These companies understand that they need to offer great deals in order to be considered.

Membership is very affordable at just $75 a year. Renewal is even cheaper at $50. Best of all, the whole family is considered to be members so there’s no add-on charge for family members.

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