Tournament of Champions 

Biography

The Tournament of Champions was unveiled in 1953 in Las Vegas to showcase the PGA Tour’s best players.

The tournament is still ongoing and is now centered in Maui the first week of January each year.

If you’re a champion, you’ve played in this event and if you’ve won the ToC (now The Sentry), you started off your year on a bright note.
After all, beating a star-studded field and playing in places like Vegas and Maui is great for the ego and the pocketbook.

List of Achievements

  • Tournament came into existence in 1953 in Las Vegas.
  • When the tournament was held in Vegas, players like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gene Littler and others hoisted the championship trophy and the huge paycheck.
  • In Vegas, the brightest stars were also on the stage during the nighttime hours.
  • Al Besselink won the first title in 1953 and collected his $10,000 prize in a wheelbarrow full of silver dollars.