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What Are The Major Golf Tournaments?

Feb 25, 2008
It is essential to learn about the big players and the big events in any sport if you want to really get to grips with the sport. After all, where better to view what you should be doing than by watching the best in the business? Let's take a look at the biggest golf tournaments that you should be tuning into:

U.S. PGA Tournament - The PGA TOUR is a group of golf contests taking place over the duration of the year that have various prizes and competitors. The competitions are thrown at golf courses all across the U.S. from Hawaii to Florida. There are playoffs that take place near the last part of the year. To date, the competitor with the highest total amount of cash won from the PGA TOUR at the moment is Tiger Woods with $77,515,376.

With a prize pool of a cool $7,000,000 then the PGA Championship is one golfing event you definitely want to take part in. In 2007 Tiger Woods won $1.26 million from this event alone. It is one of the major four tournaments and plays in August time usually to finish the year off while the weather is still nice.

Don't forget the other three major events! The US Open, the Open Championship (also known as the British Championship) and the Masters, all with a prize pool of around $7,000,000 each. They are all unique in their requirements, locations and the players who choose to play them. Let's take a look at each:

The Masters golf competition is usually held each year in the month of April at the Augusta National Golf Club in South Carolina. Contestants must be eligible based on 17 different levels before being admitted to the Masters Golf Tournament.

If win the Masters then you become and honorary member of the club and get a distinctive green jacket. This jacket has been awarded since 1949 and is highly prized among golfers. They keep it for one year and then give it back to the club who hold it for them to wear whenever they visit. The winner from the year before is supposed to place the jacket on the latest winner.

The US Open is indeed very 'open', it allows experts and gifted amateurs to play and even male and female golfers together. If you have a USGA handicap of not more than 1.4 you can participate in the qualifying rounds. It is held on various courses around the US and has been played since 1895.

The Open Championship, a.k.a. the British Open, is a golf competition thrown at varied golf venues in the United Kingdom. It is usually organized the third week of July. The record for total triumphs at the Open Championship is six, held by Harry Vardon, whose final appearance was in 1914. The Open is the first of all the most well-known golf competitions.
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