Popular Golf Tournaments and Events
Most Prestigious Golf Tournaments
With the comeback of Tiger Woods, golf as a sport has become very popular again. In this article, we will talk about the most prestigious golf tournaments. These are known as Majors and there are 4 Major Championships every year, that are held on a specific date during the year. In the history of golf, only Bobby Jones has won all of them in the same year.
The term majors began to be used in 1960 when Arnold Palmer won the first two games of the season: Masters of Augusta and US Open. The golfer commented among his teammates that if he won the British Open in addition to the PGA Championship, he would have completed his own “Grand Slam”, just as Bobby Jones did in 1930, but Palmer’s feat was not carried out.
In 1934 a new “major” was opened – the Master of Augusta. In addition to the appearance of professional golf between 40 and 50, it was determined that the four major tournaments of this sport would be: The open of the United States, the Augusta Masters, the British Open Golf Championship and the PGA Championship, all are organized by a different association but ratify their special status.
Of these, the oldest is the British Open which is the only one played outside the United States of America and the Augusta Master is unique because it has no variation in its headquarters, so every year it is played in the same field.
What Do Golfers Gain by Becoming Champions?
Well, they receive 100 points from the official classification of golfers, combined with a cash prize that varies according to the tournament in which they participate. There is a “golf season” and each one is celebrated in the following order:
- 1st) Augusta Master: the second Sunday of April is played at the Augusta National Golf Club. Whoever wins this award, receives the symbolic “Green Jacket”. The format of this game is classic, a 72-stroke course is made in 18 holes to be performed four times in four days. Its leader is Jack Nicklaus with six under his belt (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975 and 1986).
- 2nd) United States Open: the weekend of the third Sunday of June is played. It is played on any golf course in the United States and is organized by the Golf Association of that country. Professional and amateur players can participate in this tournament, as long as they have an updated 1.4 handicap. Willie Anderson, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Jack Nicklaus have won four times each.
- 3rd) British Golf Open: it takes place on the third weekend of July and is organized by The Royals and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews which is played in a UK course. The symbolic prize of this championship was a red leather belt with a silver buckle, but a solid silver jug (Claret Jug) is currently delivered.
- 4th) PGA Championship: it is celebrated the fourth weekend after the British Open. Your organization is in charge of the PGA and can be played on any golf course in the United States. The first time it was played, it was in 1916 and its winner Jim Barnes earned $ 500. Walter Hagen and Jack Nicklaus lead the ranking with five wins each.
The majors bring together the most select and important world golf and therefore its importance. Because of this, we consider them to be competitions that you cannot miss if you are fond of this sport.