Champions Tour Yearly Scoring Leaders

Plus senior tour records in the scoring average statistical category

Fred Couples reacts to fans after a par putt on the 17th green during the second round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2015
A tip of the cap from Fred Couples, who led the Champions Tour in scoring average twice and is the tour record-holder for lowest season average. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Below is the list of golfers who have led the Champions Tour in scoring average each year of the tour's history, dating to 1980. But first we'll take a look at the tour's record-holders in this statistical category.

Note that the Champions Tour scoring leader is based on actual scoring average (total strokes played divided by number of rounds played), as opposed to the PGA Tour's scoring award, which is based on adjusted scoring average.

Golfers Who Led Champions Tour in Scoring Most Often

  • Bernhard Langer - 6 times (2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Don January - 5 times (1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
  • Hale Irwin - 4 times (1996, 1997, 1998, 2002)

January, the 1967 PGA Championship winner, was the senior circuit's leading scorer in five of the tour's first six years of existence. Only Miller Barber in 1981 interrupted January's streak.

January and Langer are the only golfers to lead the tour in scoring average in four consecutive seasons. Two others have done it three years running: Irwin, in 1996-98; and Lee Trevino, in 1990-92.

What Is the Champions Tour Record for Lowest Scoring Average?

So far, only one golfer in Champions Tour history has finished a season with a scoring average below 68 strokes. That record-holder is Fred Couples, who led the tour with a 67.96 average in 2010.

Here are the five lowest seasonal scoring averages yet achieved on the Champions Tour:

  • 67.96 - Fred Couples, 2010
  • 68.03 - Bernhard Langer, 2014
  • 68.03 - Langer, 2017
  • 68.31 - Langer, 2016
  • 68.39 - Jay Haas, 2014
  • 68.52 - Couples, 2012

Poor Jay Haas. He has the fourth-best scoring average in tour history ... and didn't even lead the tour that year!

Annual Scoring Average Leaders on the Champions Tour

Now, here is the list of scoring average leaders on the Champions Tour dating to its first season in 1980:

2017 - Bernhard Langer, 68.03
2016 - Bernhard Langer, 68.31
2015 - Bernhard Langer, 68.69
2014 - Bernhard Langer, 68.03
2013 - Fred Couples, 68.64
2012 - Fred Couples, 68.52
2011 - Mark Calcavecchia, 69.04
2010 - Fred Couples, 67.96
2009 - Bernhard Langer, 68.92
2008 - Bernhard Langer, 69.65
2007 - Loren Roberts, 69.31
2006 - Loren Roberts, 69.01
2005 - Mark McNulty, 69.41
2004 - Craig Stadler, 69.30
2003 - Tom Watson, 68.81
2002 - Hale Irwin, 68.93
2001 - Gil Morgan, 69.20
2000 - Gil Morgan, 68.83
1999 - Bruce Fleisher, 69.19
1998 - Hale Irwin, 68.59
1997 - Hale Irwin, 68.92
1996 - Hale Irwin, 69.47
1995 - Raymond Floyd, 69.47
1994 - Raymond Floyd, 69.08
1993 - Bob Charles, 69.59
1992 - Lee Trevino, 69.46
1991 - Lee Trevino, 69.50
1990 - Lee Trevino, 68.89
1989 - Bob Charles, 69.78
1988 - Bob Charles, 70.05
1987 - Chi Chi Rodriguez, 70.07
1986 - Chi Chi Rodriguez, 69.65
1985 - Don January, 70.11
1984 - Don January, 70.68
1983 - Don January, 69.46
1982 - Don January, 70.03
1981 - Miller Barber, 69.57
1980 - Don January, 71.00

What Does the Champions Tour Scoring Leader Win?

The golfer who leads the senior tour in scoring average each year receives a handsome trophy suitable for display. That trophy is known as the Byron Nelson Award, and it's the same trophy that the PGA Tour awards to its own seasonal scoring average leaders.