Before you get the Grand Slam of Golf you have to win the 4 major golf tournaments. It opens doors to a new outlook in playing and challenge oneself. Being a champion in any of these four not only get you trophies, medals or a jacket but the recognition of being a great golfer worldwide, improving career security. What are they?
Started at 1934, one of the most prestigious and most awaited events in all professional sports is The Masters. It is an invitation only event hosted at the world renowned golf course at Georgia, the Augusta National Golf Club held every second week of April. The winner of the tournament gets the coveted Green jacket which is only removed from the club’s grounds by a first-time champion, a huge purse, and tour exemptions. The same green jacket upon first win will be worn by the multiple winner. All winners are given a replica that they can keep. Sam Snead was the first golfer who won this infamous green jacket. Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Gary Player, and Bubba Watson are among the tour winners of The Masters.
The U.S. Open
Unlike The Masters, this tournament is for any professional or amateurs with updated USGA Handicap index of 1.4 or below as long as they have competed in a qualifying round. It is held every third week of June in different place in the U.S. each year. The first U.S. Open was held at Newport Country Club (Rhode Islands) in 1895. The tournament was played with 36-hole for the whole day.
The Open Championship
Also known as The British Open, it was established in 1860. It is held every third week of July annually. The tournament is played on a link course at one of nine different locations in the United Kingdom and hosted by the R&A (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club). The champion receives the Challenge Belt which soon became a medal then eventually developed to the legendary trophy, Claret Jug presented in 1873.
The PGA Championship
Professional Golfers Association Championship is the last golf tournament in a year. Hosted by the PGA of America, it is played every third or fourth week of August. The tournament is held at any locations around the United States. The first PGA championship was in 1916 with a match play format until it evolved to a stroke play format after almost fifty years (1958).
So practice, practice, practice and get ready for the competition or should I say competitions of your life.