Major professional golf tournaments in the world
If you’re a golf lover, you can’t miss the majors or professional golf tournaments and championships, where the most important and select golf in the world gather every year. These major championships are held every year on a specific date so that all major players have the opportunity to meet in all of them if they so wish.
As a curiosity to comment that to date, the only one who has managed to win the four professional golf tournaments within the same year, specifically in 1930, was Bobby Jones, a golfer who himself did not consider himself a professional player, as he played for pleasure, not for work.
The big tournaments, or simply Majors, is the name given to the four most prestigious competitions of the men’s golf circuit.
Initially, the major’s tournaments were the British Open, the British Amateur, the United States Open, and the US Amateur. Bobby Jones won the Grand Slam in 1930 by winning the four tournaments in the same year.
With the emergence of the Masters at Augusta in 1934, and the rise of professional golf in the ’40s and ’50s, began to call majors to four tournaments current: The Masters of Augusta, the Us Open, the British Open golf, and the PGA Championship. It is not easy to determine at what point the term was coined with the current four tournaments. Although some sources attribute it to Arnold Palmer, who in 1960 – after winning the first two tournaments of the season (the Augusta Masters and the US Open) – commented that if he won the British Open and the PGA Championship, he would have completed a “grand slam of his own” as Bobby Jones did in 1930.
The oldest major, the British Open, is the only one taking place outside the United States. The Masters is the single of the four tournaments played each year on the same course, the Augusta National Golf Club. Each of these tournaments is organized by a different Association, but its special status is recognized worldwide. The winners of any of the majors receive 100 points in the official golfers’ classification, in addition to the cash prize involved in each tournament. Tournaments are held annually in the following order:
- Master of Augusta
Every second Sunday of April is celebrated in the club of golf Agusta National, this championship 18-hole and 72 strokes to perform in four days. It is the first to take place each year, and the winner of it gets the “green jacket” with bonus, with which he will identify himself as a member of the club. Unlike other professional golf tournaments, it has a fixed venue, The Augusta private golf club in Georgia. One of the precursors of this tournament was the Bobby above Jones.
- United States Open
Another professional golf tournament is this openness that is played on the weekend of the third Sunday of June. It can be played on any of the golf courses in the United States and is organized by the Association of this sport in the country. In this tournament you can play both amateurs and professionals, being the only requirement that you have an updated handicap of 1.4.
- British Open
In any golf course located in the coastal area of the United Kingdom, this tournament can take place, specifically during the third weekend of July. It has been held since 1860, being, therefore, the oldest of all professional golf tournaments in the world.
- PGA championship
The fourth weekend after the end of the British Open, that is, already in August, is held this last majors’ tournament. Another of the best professional golf tournaments in the world that can be played in any of the numerous golf courses of the United States, and whose organization is run by the PGA, that is, the American primary circuit of professional male golf.