Champions Tour Awards
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Champions Tour Awards

Listed below are recipients of awards for various achievements on PGA Tour Champions, a circuit operated by the U.S.-based PGA Tour for men's golfers aged 50 and over. The tour began in 1980 as the Senior PGA Tour, changed its name to the Champions Tour in 2003, and became PGA Tour Champions in 2016.

Player-elected awards

Three PGA Tour Champions year-end awards are elected by the players and announced in December. The ceremony is held at a tournament early in the following season. The Jack Nicklaus Trophy is for the player of the year. The other two are the Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year awards.

Year Jack Nicklaus Trophy Rookie of the Year Comeback Player of the Year
Player Country Player Country Player Country
1990 Lee Trevino  United States Lee Trevino  United States began in 1991
1991 Mike Hill
George Archer
 United States
 United States
Jim Colbert  United States Larry Laoretti  United States
1992 Lee Trevino  United States Dave Stockton  United States Tommy Aaron  United States
1993 Dave Stockton  United States Bob Murphy  United States Jim Ferree  United States
1994 Lee Trevino  United States Jay Sigel  United States Dave Eichelberger  United States
1995 Jim Colbert  United States Hale Irwin  United States Walter Morgan  United States
1996 Jim Colbert  United States John Bland  South Africa Al Geiberger  United States
1997 Hale Irwin  United States Gil Morgan  United States George Archer  United States
1998 Hale Irwin  United States Joe Inman  United States Jim Colbert  United States
1999 Bruce Fleisher  United States Bruce Fleisher  United States Tom Jenkins  United States
2000 Larry Nelson  United States Doug Tewell  United States Raymond Floyd  United States
2001 Allen Doyle  United States Bob Gilder  United States John Schroeder  United States
2002 Hale Irwin  United States Morris Hatalsky  United States Hubert Green  United States
2003 Tom Watson  United States Craig Stadler  United States Don Pooley  United States
2004 Craig Stadler  United States Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe
Hubert Green  United States
2005 Dana Quigley  United States Jay Haas  United States Peter Jacobsen  United States
2006 Jay Haas  United States Eduardo Romero  Argentina Tim Simpson  United States
2007 Jay Haas  United States Denis Watson  Zimbabwe R. W. Eaks  United States
2008 Bernhard Langer  Germany Bernhard Langer  Germany
2009 Bernhard Langer  Germany Russ Cochran  United States
2010 Bernhard Langer  Germany Fred Couples  United States Ken Green  United States
2011 Tom Lehman  United States Kenny Perry  United States Chip Beck  United States
2012 Tom Lehman  United States Kirk Triplett  United States
2013 Kenny Perry  United States Rocco Mediate  United States
2014 Bernhard Langer  Germany Scott Dunlap  United States
2015 Bernhard Langer  Germany Jerry Smith  United States
2016 Bernhard Langer  Germany Paul Broadhurst  England
2017 Bernhard Langer  Germany Jerry Kelly  United States
2018 Bernhard Langer[1]  Germany Ken Tanigawa  United States
2019 Scott McCarron[2]  United States Retief Goosen  South Africa

Statistical awards

The Arnold Palmer Award is given to the player who earns the most PGA Tour Champions money in a season. The Byron Nelson Award goes to the player who has the lowest scoring average (strokes per round).

Year Arnold Palmer Award Byron Nelson Award
Player Country Earnings ($) Player Country Scoring Average
1980 Don January  United States 44,100 Don January  United States 71.00
1981 Miller Barber  United States 83,136 Miller Barber  United States 69.57
1982 Miller Barber  United States 106,890 Don January  United States 70.03
1983 Don January  United States 237,571 Don January  United States 69.46
1984 Don January  United States 328,597 Don January  United States 70.68
1985 Peter Thomson  Australia 386,724 Don January  United States 70.11
1986 Bruce Crampton  Australia 454,299 Chi Chi Rodriguez  United States 69.65
1987 Chi Chi Rodriguez  United States 509,145 Chi Chi Rodriguez  United States 70.07
1988 Bob Charles  New Zealand 533,929 Bob Charles  New Zealand 70.05
1989 Bob Charles  New Zealand 725,887 Bob Charles  New Zealand 69.78
1990 Lee Trevino  United States 1,190,518 Lee Trevino  United States 68.89
1991 Mike Hill  United States 1,065,657 Lee Trevino  United States 69.50
1992 Lee Trevino  United States 1,027,002 Lee Trevino  United States 69.46
1993 Dave Stockton  United States 1,175,944 Bob Charles  New Zealand 69.59
1994 Dave Stockton  United States 1,402,519 Raymond Floyd  United States 69.08
1995 Jim Colbert  United States 1,444,386 Raymond Floyd  United States 69.47
1996 Jim Colbert  United States 1,627,890 Hale Irwin  United States 69.47
1997 Hale Irwin  United States 2,343,364 Hale Irwin  United States 68.92
1998 Hale Irwin  United States 2,861,945 Hale Irwin  United States 68.59
1999 Bruce Fleisher  United States 2,515,705 Bruce Fleisher  United States 69.19
2000 Larry Nelson  United States 2,708,005 Gil Morgan  United States 68.83
2001 Allen Doyle  United States 2,553,582 Gil Morgan  United States 69.20
2002 Hale Irwin  United States 3,028,304 Hale Irwin  United States 68.93
2003 Tom Watson  United States 1,853,108 Tom Watson  United States 68.81
2004 Craig Stadler  United States 2,306,066 Craig Stadler  United States 69.30
2005 Dana Quigley  United States 2,170,258 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe
2006 Jay Haas  United States 2,420,227 Loren Roberts  United States 69.01
2007 Jay Haas  United States 2,581,001 Loren Roberts  United States 69.31
2008 Bernhard Langer  Germany 2,035,073 Bernhard Langer  Germany 69.65
2009 Bernhard Langer  Germany 2,139,451 Bernhard Langer  Germany 68.92
2010 Bernhard Langer  Germany 2,648,939 Fred Couples  United States 67.96
2011 Tom Lehman  United States 2,081,526 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 69.04
2012 Bernhard Langer  Germany 2,140,296 Fred Couples  United States 68.52
2013 Bernhard Langer  Germany 2,448,428 Fred Couples  United States 68.64
2014 Bernhard Langer  Germany 3,074,189 Bernhard Langer  Germany 68.03
2015 Bernhard Langer  Germany 2,340,288 Bernhard Langer  Germany 68.69
2016 Bernhard Langer  Germany 3,016,959 Bernhard Langer  Germany 68.31
2017 Bernhard Langer  Germany 3,677,359 Bernhard Langer  Germany 68.03
2018 Bernhard Langer  Germany 2,222,154 Bernhard Langer  Germany 69.01
2019 Scott McCarron  United States 2,534,090 Retief Goosen  South Africa 69.14

Charles Schwab Cup

From 2001 through 2015, points were earned for thousands of dollars earned in top-ten finishes at tournaments. From 2008 to 2015, points were doubled at majors and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Since 2016, the Charles Schwab Cup has used a playoff format similar to the FedEx Cup playoffs on the regular PGA Tour, though with three total events instead of four on the regular tour. Changes to the format are:[3]

  • During the regular season, points are based on dollars earned, regardless of the player's finish in a given tournament. No bonus is awarded for wins in majors.
  • The top 72 players on the money list will qualify for the first playoff event. Additionally, a "wild card" playoff berth will be awarded to a golfer who finishes in the top 10 of the last regular-season event, the SAS Championship, and is not within the top 72 after the tournament. (If more than one player outside the top 72 finishes in the top 10 at the SAS Championship, the highest finisher among these players will qualify.)
  • During the first two playoff events, points are earned as in the regular season, except the winner earns double points. The playoff field is cut to 54 after the first playoff event and 36 after the second, with the survivors advancing to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
  • Prior to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the points totals are reset. All 36 qualifiers will have a theoretical chance to win the Charles Schwab Cup, and each golfer in the top five can win the Charles Schwab Cup by winning the final event, no matter how the rest of the field performs.

The top five win annuities. Annuities involved in ties are divided amongst the tied players.

Year $1,000,000 $500,000 $300,000 $200,000 $100,000
2001 2,382 United States Allen Doyle 2,166 United States Bruce Fleisher 1,959 United States Hale Irwin 1,930 United States Larry Nelson 1,640 United States Gil Morgan
2002 2,886 United States Hale Irwin 2,087 United States Bob Gilder 1,582 United States Bruce Fleisher 1,448 United States Tom Watson 1,419 United States Tom Kite
2003 4,370 United States Tom Watson 3,046 United States Jim Thorpe 2,618 United States Tom Kite 2,585 United States Bruce Lietzke 2,328 United States Gil Morgan
2004 3,427 United States Hale Irwin 3,388 United States Craig Stadler 2,981 United States Tom Kite 2,471 United States Peter Jacobsen 2,417 Zimbabwe Republic of Ireland Mark McNulty
2005 2,980 United States Tom Watson 2,733 United States Dana Quigley 2,210 Zimbabwe Republic of Ireland Mark McNulty 2,001 United States Hale Irwin 1,846 United States Loren Roberts
2006 3,053 United States Jay Haas 3,033 United States Loren Roberts 1,910 United States Tom Kite 1,685 United States Brad Bryant 1,546 Argentina Eduardo Romero
1,546 United States Jim Thorpe
2007 2,716 United States Loren Roberts 2,551 United States Jay Haas 2,177 Zimbabwe Denis Watson 2,167 United States Brad Bryant 2,032 United States Tom Watson
2008 2,556 United States Jay Haas 2,544 United States Fred Funk 2,460 Germany Bernhard Langer 2,032 Argentina Eduardo Romero 1,867 United States John Cook
2009 2,670 United States Loren Roberts 2,351 United States John Cook 2,349 United States Fred Funk 2,322 Germany Bernhard Langer 1,984 United States Jay Haas
2010 3,597 Germany Bernhard Langer 2,771 United States Fred Couples 2,451 United States John Cook 1,846 United States Michael Allen 1,813 United States Russ Cochran
2011 2,422 United States Tom Lehman 2,348 United States Mark Calcavecchia 1,874 Australia Peter Senior 1,803 United States Jay Don Blake 1,798 United States John Cook
2012 3,082 United States Tom Lehman 2,647 Germany Bernhard Langer 1,846 United States Fred Couples 1,806 England Roger Chapman 1,677 United States Fred Funk
2013 3,273 United States Kenny Perry 2,861 Germany Bernhard Langer 2,425 United States Fred Couples 2,089 South Africa David Frost 1,673 United States Duffy Waldorf
2014 4,152 Germany Bernhard Langer 3,307 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 2,461 United States Jay Haas 2,059 United States Kenny Perry 1,892 United States Tom Pernice, Jr.
2015 3,520 Germany Bernhard Langer 3,182 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 3,143 United States Jeff Maggert 1,951 United States Billy Andrade 1,466 United States Joe Durant
2016 3,200 Germany Bernhard Langer 2,400 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 2,216 United States Paul Goydos 2,004 United States Scott McCarron 1,658 United States Joe Durant
2017 3,280 United States Kevin Sutherland 2,234 Germany Bernhard Langer 2,100 United States Scott McCarron 1,834 United States Kenny Perry 1,640 Fiji Vijay Singh
2018 2,525,404 Germany Bernhard Langer 2,256,618 United States Scott McCarron 2,254,856 United States Scott Parel 2,237,619 Fiji Vijay Singh 2,015,793 Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
2019 2,534,090 United States Scott McCarron 2,382,675 United States Jerry Kelly 1,859,085 South Africa Retief Goosen 1,831,622 Germany Bernhard Langer 1,733,517 United States Woody Austin

Players of the Month

Three members of the media form a panel which determines the recipients. The winners receive a medal.

Month 2015
Jan./Feb. United States Bart Bryant
March South Africa David Frost
April United States Joe Durant
May Scotland Colin Montgomerie
June United States Jeff Maggert
July United States Marco Dawson
August United States Jeff Maggert
September Mexico Esteban Toledo


  1. ^ "Bernhard Langer named PGA Tour Champions Player of the Year for eighth time". January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ Kelly, Todd (January 15, 2020). "Scott McCarron named 2019 PGA Tour Champions Player of the Year". Golfweek.
  3. ^ "Champions Tour announces 2016 schedule and format for inaugural Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs" (Press release). PGA Tour. November 11, 2015. Retrieved 2016.

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