If you are a fan of golf it is highly likely that you are fully aware of the Majors, the 4 most important golf tournaments of the year. These tournaments are steeped in the history of the game, you can never be considered a great of the game until you have won at least one of these tournaments. This is why their list of champions boast the greatest names to grace the world of golf.
These are the four major tournaments you need to know about when online betting on golf
Since its foundation in 1934 the Masters has hosted some of golfs most memorable moments. Set among towering pines, flowering dogwoods and blooming azaleas, the first major of the year is traditionally played in the first week in April. The tournament takes place over 4 days and hosts the smallest field of players of any tournament of the year. The best players in the world pit themselves against one of the greatest courses in the world. They are competing both against the course and their fellow professionals to have the coveted green jacket placed around their shoulders on Sunday evening. This is the place of golfers dreams, they all grew up dreaming of driving down the magnolia lane, tackling the intimidating Amen corner, and hoping to become part of the tournaments historic role of honor. Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, Augusta National Golf Club has been the host of the Masters since its inception. This course was the realization of a lifelong dream of Jones, he had been a legend of the amateur game for the decade before his retirement in 1930. Following several meetings in the 1920s, Jones and Roberts settled on a location outside of Augusta Georgia. They bought the 365-acre site for $70,000, the name Augusta National was settled on before construction finished in 1932. It was formally opened in 1933, it a number of tournaments under a different name until 1939 when it was eventually given the name it retains until today. The Masters was born in 1940 and has been played during the first week of April ever since. This is the only Major that has its own course, which makes it unique and probably more special than the others.
The US Open
This is the second major of the year, founded by the USGA, it was established to decide the champion golfer of the year. First played in 1895, in Newport, Rhode Island. I was originally played as a one-day competition, played over 36 holes. In contrast to today’s 72 hole format. The US Open is run on a qualification basis, it is open to any player who holds a handicap of 1.4 or below. Due to its popularity, it usually takes a number of tournaments in order to qualify, while higher-ranked players will be given an invitation based on their performance on tour over the past year. The US Open is hosted by a different course every year in contrast to the Masters.
The PGA Championship
What used to be the final major of the year, but it has been moved further up the calendar to give that prestige to The Open Championship. The PGA of America act as the tournament host every year. Originally played as a match play tournament, it is now a standard 72 hole competition. Although the tournament moves to different courses every year, it has been played west of the Rockies for the last 25 years. The famous Tiger Woods holds the record score of 18 under par.
The Open Championship
The oldest major on the calendar and the only one not played in the US. It was traditionally played in the home of golf Scotland. Hosted by the Royal and Ancient Golf club, it is now played over 10 different courses in the UK, this year Royal County Down was added to the roster for the first time in nearly 60 years. First played in 1860, this prestigious event initially gave its winners Challenge Belt, that has long since been replaced by the famous Claret Jug. This is the tournament all golfers want to win, even more than the Masters. Mainly due to its long history and also because it is traditionally played on Links courses. This offers a unique challenge that most golfers around the world only get to experience a few weeks of the year