The Tradition

For other uses, see Tradition (disambiguation).
The Tradition
Tournament information
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Established 1989, 27 years ago
Course(s) Greystone G&CC,
Founders Course
Par 72
Length 7,277 yards (6,654 m)[1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
Format Stroke play - 72 holes
Prize fund $2.3 million
Month played May
Current champion
Germany Bernhard Langer
G & CC  
Location in the United States
G & CC
Location in Alabama

The Tradition (known as the Regions Tradition for sponsorship reasons) is an event on the PGA Tour Champions tour. First staged 27 years ago in 1989, the PGA Tour recognizes the event as one of the five senior major golf championships.

Unlike the U.S. Senior Open, Senior PGA Championship and Senior Open Championship, it is not recognized as a major by the European Seniors Tour, and is not part of that tour's official schedule. It is the only senior major where the winner does not earn an exemption into a PGA Tour or European Tour event.



From its inception in 1989 through 2001, the tournament was held in Arizona at the Cochise Golf Course of the Golf Club at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale. In 2002, it was held at the The Prospector Course of Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club near Gold Canyon.[2] While in Arizona, the event was played in early April.


In 2003, the event relocated to northwest Oregon for four years at the South Course of The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, just west of Portland. Following the 2006 edition, it moved to the high desert of central Oregon for four years, to the Crosswater Club in Sunriver, south of Bend. The lengthy course sits on 600 acres (2.4 km2) of woodlands and preserved wetlands along the Deschutes River, at an average elevation of 4,170 feet (1,270 m) above sea level. The par-72 layout played at 7,316 yards (6,690 m) in 2009. During the eight years in Oregon, the event was held in mid- to late August.


Following the 2010 event, Birmingham, Alabama-based Regions Financial Corporation announced in August that it was taking over sponsorship of the tournament. For five years, the event was played at the Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club in the Shoal Creek development, southeast of Birmingham. [3] The Tradition superseded the Regions Charity Classic, a regular Champions Tour event which began in 1992 as the Bruno's Memorial Classic.[4] Shoal Creek previously hosted two PGA Championships, in 1984 and 1990.

Since moving to Alabama in 2011, the event has been played in May and June. It moved from Shoal Creek to the nearby Greystone Golf and Country Club in 2016, and is held on the recently renovated Founders Course.


Year Champion Country Course Location Winner's
share ($)
Regions Tradition
2016 Bernhard Langer Germany Greystone G&CC Hoover, Alabama 345,000
2015 Jeff Maggert  United States Shoal Creek G&CC Shoal Creek, Alabama345,000
2014 Kenny Perry  United States 330,000
2013 David Frost  South Africa 335,000
2012 Tom Lehman (2)  United States 335,000
2011 Tom Lehman  United States 330,000
JELD-WEN Tradition
2010 Fred Funk (2)  United States Crosswater Club Sunriver, Oregon392,000
2009 Mike Reid  United States392,000
2008 Fred Funk  United States392,000
2007 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe
2006 Eduardo Romero  Argentina The Reserve Vineyards & G.C. Aloha, Oregon375,000
2005 Loren Roberts  United States375,000
2004 Craig Stadler  United States345,000
2003 Tom Watson  United States330,000
The Countrywide Tradition
2002 Jim Thorpe  United States Superstition Mountain G&CC
(Prospector course)
Superstition Mountain, Arizona300,000
2001 Doug Tewell  United States Golf Club at Desert Mountain
(Cochise course)
Scottsdale, Arizona255,000
2000 Tom Kite  United States240,000
The Tradition presented by Countrywide
1999 Graham Marsh  Australia Golf Club at Desert Mountain
(Cochise course)
Scottsdale, Arizona225,000
1998 Gil Morgan (2)  United States210,000
1997 Gil Morgan  United States180,000
The Tradition
1996 Jack Nicklaus (4)  United StatesGolf Club at Desert Mountain
(Cochise course)
Scottsdale, Arizona150,000
1995 Jack Nicklaus (3)  United States150,000
1994 Raymond Floyd  United States127,500
1993 Tom Shaw  United States127,500
1992 Lee Trevino  United States120,000
The Tradition at Desert Mountain
1991 Jack Nicklaus (2)  United StatesGolf Club at Desert Mountain
(Cochise course)
Scottsdale, Arizona120,000
1990 Jack Nicklaus  United States120,000
1989 Don Bies  United States90,000 

Multiple winners

Through 2016, four men have multiple wins in The Tradition:


  1. "Course map". Regions Tradition. 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  2. The Countrywide Tradition moves to a new home
  3. - How the Regions Tradition came to Shoal Creek - 2011-05-04
  4. Shoal Creek will host Regions Tradition in 2011

Coordinates: 33°25′48″N 86°39′04″W / 33.430°N 86.651°W / 33.430; -86.651

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