Date: May 25-30, 2010
Site: Colorado Golf Club, Parker, Colo.
2009 Defending Champion: Michael Allen
Purse: The 2009 Senior PGA Championship featured a $2 million purse and $360,000 for first place. The 2010 total purse will be announced prior to the Championship.
Prize: The 2010 Senior PGA Champion will have his name engraved on the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, donated to The PGA of America in 1937.
Broadcast Schedule: 2010 Senior PGA Championship: (Tentative All Times LOCAL)
Thursday, May 27 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Golf Channel
Friday, May 28 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Golf Channel
Saturday, May 29 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. NBC
Sunday, May 30 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. NBC
Method of Play: The Rules of Golf which govern play are determined by the United States Golf Association and applied by The PGA of America Board of Directors. The Championship is subject to the overall supervision of the Board and the PGA Rules Committee.
Eligibility: Officers of The PGA of America have approved the following list of players as eligible to compete in the 71st Senior PGA Championship, provided that they are at least 50 years of age:
All former Senior PGA Champions
All former PGA Champions
All former Masters Champions
All former U.S. Open Champions
All former British Open Champions
All former U.S. Ryder Cup Team members
The 15 low scorers and ties in the 2009 Senior PGA Championship
The top 50 money winners on the 2009 Champions Tour
The top 50 money leaders from the 2010 Champions Tour money list as of May 2, 2010
All “official” Champions Tour winners from the 2009 Senior PGA Championship to the 2010 Senior PGA Championship
The top 35 finishers from the 2009 Senior PGA Professional National Championship
Winners of the last five U.S. Senior Opens (2005-09)
Winner of the last played (2009) Senior British Open
Winner of the 2009 DeVere Collection PGA Seniors’ Championship
The top 18 players from the 2009 European Seniors Tour Order of Merit
The top 2 players from the 2010 European Senior Tour Order of Merit not otherwise exempt, provided they are in the
top 20 of such Order of Merit as of May 16, 2010.
The top four players from the 2009 Japanese Seniors Tour Order of Merit
The winners of official PGA Tour, Japan PGA Tour or European Tour events in the preceding five calendar years
(2005-2009) and during the current year up to the Senior PGA Championship – for 50-year-old players only (a onetime exemption)
The top 30 from the Champions Tour career money list as of May 2, 2010
The top 30 from the All-Time Career Money List as of May 2, 2010 (combined PGA Tour, Champions Tour)
Any former PGA Professional National Champion turning 50 between the 2009 Senior PGA Championship and the
2010 Senior PGA Championship (a one-time exemption)
In addition, The PGA reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above.
Openings caused by the withdrawal or non-entry of any of the 35 Senior PGA Professionals will be filled exclusively
from an alternate list determined at the 2009 Senior PGA Professional Championship. All other openings in the field will be filled, in order, off the 2009 Champions Tour money list through May 2, 2010 down to #99 or such list. After this only subsequent WD’s will be filled from the Senior PGA alternative list and then the Champions Tour Money list in order.
History: The oldest and most prestigious major championship in senior golf, the Senior PGA Championship was born in 1937 on the grounds of another of golf's majors at the invitation of one of the game's greatest players. At the suggestion of renowned amateur Bobby Jones Jr., the inaugural Senior PGA Championship was played at Augusta National Golf Club three years after the first Masters Tournament was held. It was established in the fall of 1937 to provide an opportunity to PGA members over the age of 50 to compete with their peers. The purse was $2,000.
In an effort to find better weather conditions, the Senior PGA Championship moved to Florida in 1940 - spending two years in Sarasota and one year in Fort Myers - before being suspended for two years due to World War II. When the Championship resumed in 1945, it was held in Dunedin, Fla., which would become PGA National Golf Club, home of The PGA, after the Association relocated its national office from Chicago in 1956.
Florida was the site for the Senior PGA Championship from 1940 through 2000. From 1982 to 2000, the Senior PGA Championship was conducted at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., The PGA of America's national headquarters.
In 2001, a new chapter began in The PGA of America’s history as the Senior PGA Championship went on the road. Similar to the PGA Championship, which is the golf season’s final major, the Senior PGA Championship is contested on some of the nation’s premier golf courses. In 2001, The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J. was the first new site for the Senior PGA Championship, followed by Firestone Country Club in 2002.
Today, the Senior PGA Championship brings both the legends of the game and the newest members of senior professional golf to new audiences throughout the United States.
It was during the Senior PGA Championship in December 1979, at Turnberry Isle in North Miami, Fla., that informal meetings first were held among golf's elder statesmen to explore the concept of a senior circuit. As many of golf's leading names passed age 50, they found they were no longer as competitive on the PGA Tour as they once had been, but outside of the Senior PGA Championship, playing opportunities were limited.
The following month, January 1980, the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions) was founded. When the Champions Tour was launched, the Senior PGA Championship was celebrating its 42nd anniversary.
Jock Hutchison (1937, '47) Eddie Williams (1942, '45, '46)
Al Watrous (1950, '51, '57) Gene Sarazen (1954, '58)
Paul Runyan (1961, '62) Sam Snead (1964, '65, '67, '70, '72 '73)
Julius Boros (1971, '77) Don January (1979, '82)
Arnold Palmer (1980, '84) Gary Player (1986, '88, '90)
Lee Trevino (1992, '94) Hale Irwin (1996, '97, '98, '04)
Jay Haas (2006, '08)
Jock Hutchison (1937, '47)
Eddie Williams (1942, '45, '46)
Al Watrous (1950, '51, '57)
Gene Sarazen (1954, '58)
Paul Runyan (1961, '62)
Sam Snead (1964, '65, '67, '70, '72 '73)
Julius Boros (1971, '77)
Don January (1979, '82)
Arnold Palmer (1980, '84)
Gary Player (1986, '88, '90)
Lee Trevino (1992, '94)
Hale Irwin (1996, '97, '98, '04)
Jay Haas (2006, '08)