The 2005 Senior PGA Championship
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Players

Bob Charles

Player Data
  • Birthplace: Carterton, New Zealand
  • Residence: Oxford, N.Z & Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Birthdate: March 13, 1936
  • Age: 69
  • Turned Pro: 1960
Player Notes

Considered the best left-handed golfer on the Champions Tour. . . Performs most every task right-handed except anything that requires both hands... Winner, 1963 British Open, becoming the first left-hander to win a major championship... Became the first player to go over the $5 million mark in Champions Tour career money and the second player to go over $6 million.

Career Victories

Champions Tour
23 - 1987 Vintage Chrysler Invitational, GTE Classic, Sunwest Bank/Charley Pride Golf Classic. 1988 NYNEX/Golf Digest Commemorative, Sunwest Bank/Charley Pride Classic, Rancho Murieta Senior Golf Rush, Vantage Presents Bank One Classic, Pepsi Senior Challenge. 1989 GTE Suncoast Classic, NYNEX/Golf Digest Commemorative, Digital Seniors Classic, Sunwest Bank/Charley Pride Classic, Fairfield Barnett Space Coast Classic. 1990 Digital Seniors Classic, GTE Kaanapali Classic. 1991 GTE Suncoast Classic. 1992 Raley's Senior Gold Rush, Transamerica Senior Golf Classic. 1993 Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic, Bell Atlantic Classic & Quicksilver Classic, 1995 Kaanapali Classic, 1996 Kaanapali Classic.

Other Senior
1986 Mazda Championship (with Amy Alcott), 1987 Mauna Lani Invitational, 1988 Fuji Electric Grandslam, 1st National Bank Classic (South Africa), 1989 Fuji Electric Grandslam, Senior British Open, 1990 Fuji Electric Grandslam, Kintetsu Home Senior (Japan), Daikyo Senior Invitational (Australia), 1991 Kintetsu Home Senior, 1993 Senior British Open

PGA Tour
6 - 1963 Houston Open, British Open, 1965 Tucson Open, 1967 Atlanta Classic, 1968 Canadian Open, 1974 Greater Greensboro Open.

Other
1954, '66, '70 & '73 New Zealand Open, 1961, '79 & '80 New Zealand PGA, 1962 & '64 Swiss Open, 1969 Picadilly, 1972 Dunlop Masters, John Player Classic, 1973 Scandinavian Open, South African Open, 1978 Air New Zealand Open.

Career Summary

1986 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered 21; top-10 finishes - 17; scoring average 70.32 (ranked 5th); money $261,160 (ranked 7th); best finish, 2nd Benson & Hedges Invitational, Seiko Tucson Match Play Championship, T2nd United Hospitals Senior Golf Championship.

1987 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered 27; top-10 finishes - 25; scoring average 70.18 (ranked 2nd); money $389,437 (ranked 3rd); winner Vintage Chrysler Invitational, GTE Classic & Sunwest-Charley Pride Classic.

1988 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered 28; top-10 finishes - 22; scoring average 70.05 (ranked 1st); money $533,929 (ranked 1st); winner NYNEX/Golf Digest Commemorative, Sunwest Bank/Charley Pride Classic, Rancho Murieta Senior Golf Rush, Vantage Presents Bank One Classic, Pepsi Senior Challenge.

1989 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered 27; top-10 finishes - 22; scoring average 69.50 (ranked 1st); money $725,887 (ranked 1st); winner GTE Suncoast Classic, NYNEX/Golf Digest Commemorative, Digital Seniors Classic, Sunwest Bank/Charley Pride Classic, Fairfield Barnett Space Coast Classic, three seconds, fourth six times.

1990 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; top-10 finishes - 15; scoring average 70.47 (ranked 7th); money $584,318 (ranked 7th); winner Digital Seniors Classic, GTE Kaanapali Classic.

1991 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; top-10 finishes - 18; scoring average 69.93 (ranked 4th); money $673,910 (ranked 6th); winner GTE Suncoast Classic and three seconds. Other victories: Kintetsu Home Senior Tournament in Japan.

1992 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average 70.46 (ranked 9th); money $473,903 (ranked 10th); won back-to-back titles at end of season at Raley's Senior Gold Rush and Transamerica Golf Classic.

1993 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; top-10 finishes - 21; scoring average 69.59 (ranked 1st); money $1,046,823 (ranked 2nd); winner Doug Sanders Celebrity Classic, Bell Atlantic Classic & Quicksilver Classic and was runner-up four times.

1994 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 25; top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average 70.63 (ranked 17th); money $511,737 (ranked 23rd); best finish T-2nd, Bruno's Memorial Classic.

1995 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average 70.30 (ranked 7th); money $659,923 (ranked 15th); winner at Kaanapali Classic.

1996 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; top-10 finishes - 14; scoring average 70.80 (ranked 10th); money $760,179 (ranked 12th); winner at Kaanapali Classic.

1997 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average 71.21 (ranked 19th); money $623,467 (ranked 21st); best finish T-3rd at MasterCard Championship.

1998 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 72.29 (ranked 52nd); money $402,284 (ranked 45th); best finish, 2nd, The Home Depot and Kroger Senior Classic.

1999 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.59 (ranked 44th); money $354,752 (ranked 48th); best finish, 5th, American Express Invitational. Placed 6th on the Georgia Pacific Super Seniors money list with $270,333. Won his only over-60 event at the Bell Atlantic Classic.

2000 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.23 (ranked 35th) ; money $282,370 (ranked 60th); best finish T9th, Bank One Senior Championship. Placed 10th on the Georgia Pacific Super Seniors money list with $172,563.

2001 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.37 (ranked 29th); money $280,497 (ranked 58th); best finish T9th, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Match Play Championship. Placed 2nd on the Georgia Pacific Super Seniors money list with $315,533. Won the Super Seniors competition at Boone Valley.

2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 72.17 (ranked 57th); money $198,959 (ranked 73rd); best finish, T5th Greater Baltimore Classic.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -16; top 10 finishes -0; stroke average 72.43 (ranked 67th); money $111,284 (ranked 83rd); Best finish, T12th SAS Championship.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered -11; top 10 finishes -1; stroke average 73.37; money $86,370 (ranked 88th); Best finish, T10th Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn.

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