2017 Senior PGA Championship: Dates, TV times, tee times, course information and everything else you need to know
The 2017 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be held at Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C., in Potomac Falls, Va. This will mark the first time that the most historic and prestigious championship in senior golf will be conducted in the National Capital area.
DATES: The 2017 Senior PGA Championship will be played May 25-28, 2017. It is a staple of the Memorial Day Weekend sports calendar.
FIELD: The field for the Senior PGA Championship consists of 156 players.
COMPETITION: The tournament consists of four rounds of stroke play. After two rounds, the 156-man field will be cut to the top 72 players and ties. The winner is the player with the lowest total score after 72 holes. If two or more players are tied after regulation, the title will be decided in a sudden-death playoff.
TEE TIMES: Tee times generally run from early morning through mid-afternoon. The official tee times will be established early in the week of the tournament.
HOST VENUE: Trump National Golf Club, Washington, D.C., was created in 2009, when Donald Trump bought what was then known as the Lowes Island Club. Since taking over, Trump has added the Championship Course to the facility's original course, now known as the River Course, and added a tennis center among other amenities during a major renovation project completed in 2015.
HOST COURSE: The Championship Course is a Donald J. Trump Signature Course and was built specifically for world-class golf. The only course in Washington D.C., area with large-scale Potomac River frontage, it measures 7,693 yards and was designed to take advantage of the river from both a visual and playability perspective. It is comprised of 007 bentgrass greens, pennlinks tees and fairways, while the rough is a mix of fescue, bluegrass and ryegrass.
TV TIMES: Golf Channel will broadcast the first two rounds, while NBC will carry the two weekend rounds. Specific TV airtimes will be determined as the event gets closer.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The oldest and most prestigious major championship in senior golf, the Senior PGA Championship was founded in 1937 and first played at Augusta National Golf Club. The list of winners through the years includes many of golf's biggest names, including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Gary Player, and Sam Snead, who won the title a record six times.
Over the years, the tournament has been staged at such prominent venues as PGA National, Firestone Country Club, Ridgewood Country Club, Aronimink Golf Club, Valhalla Golf Club, Oak Tree Golf Club, Canterbury Golf Club, Bellerive Country Club and the Kiawah Island Resort.
TROPHY: The winner will have his name engraged on the Alfred S. Bourne Trophy, one of the most distinctive trophies in all of golf. It is named for Alfred Severin Bourne, an original member at Augusta National and longtime friend of PGA Professionals. Bourne donated $1,500 to pay for the 30-pound trophy and create an endowment for the tournament.
FUTURE SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES: The 2018 Senior PGA Championship will return to Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Harbor Shores also was the host venue for the 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions of the tournament.