Many of the pioneering champions, whose ambitions in the last three decades of the 20th century led to the creation of The European Tour, are now enthusiastically developing the European Senior Tour with equal success. Included in that number are several past Ryder Cup players, Major Champions and countless winners on The European Tour.
From a starting point of only one significant over 50s event - the PGA Seniors Championship – the 2016 European Senior Tour comprised a schedule of 13 tournaments throughout Europe and beyond, as the boundaries of the game continue to be reshaped.
The introduction, in 1987, of the Senior Open Championship and a Neil Coles victory over five former Open champions, led two years later to more than 60 professionals calling for a European Senior Tour to be formally structured. In 2003, the Senior Open Championship was officially recognised as a "Senior Major", incorporated into the European Senior Tour and US Champions Tour schedules.
Swift progress through the nineties produced one of the most impressive success stories in the 20th century's final decade of sport. Tournaments were staged in eight countries and on three different continents, while a Qualifying School is employed to identify each season’s new intake.
The 2017 Senior Tour Committee comprises David J Russell (Chairman), André Bossert, Steve Cipa, Marc Farry, Anders Forsbrand, Philip Golding, Mark James, Barry Lane, Miguel Ángel Martín, Mark Mouland, Andrew Murray and Andrew Oldcorn.