The men’s professional golf tournaments, also known as the top-level tournaments, and more often called the majors are the four best annual tournaments in competitive golf. They are: The Masters Tournament, The U.S. Open, The British Open, and The Ryder Cup. Unlike other tournaments, the Majors allows each golfer to play in a tournament that features players from all over the world. In addition, unlike other tournaments, the Majors do not have a qualification process. There is no regional qualifying or anything like that.
Unlike many tournaments, the Masters tournament is one of the few to have its own official name. It is sponsored by the United States Golf Association, which is an independent organization headed by executive director Tom Watson. The Masters tournament rotates between amateur and professional members. Unlike most tournaments, the Masters tournament is much more relaxed than other golf Majors, with much less pressure on the amateur and more on the pros. One exception to this is that the Masters is one of the few tournaments that have a qualification process that is not based on region.
Unlike the British Open and The U.S. Open, the Ryder Cup is not officially sponsored by any country. Instead, it is jointly sponsored by the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, an elite golf club in England. This makes the Ryder Cup a unique tournament, as it does not follow the same format as other golf majors.
Like the Masters tournament, the U.S. Open also rotates among amateur and professional golfers. The U.S. Open Championship is different than the other golf majors because it does not rotate players around to the proper spots to play in the championship. Instead, the circuit breaks down into six parts, with each circuit having their own player divisions. The amateur golfer has four divisions to play in, instead of the three that other golf majors use.
In addition to the Masters and U.S. Open, there are two other golf majors that are played during the month of August in Augusta, Georgia. The Georgia Peach Bowl is played at the Georgia Dome, and the HSBC Champions Cup is played at the world-famous St. Andrews Golf Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. These are the only two major golf championships played in Augusta during the entire month of August. For many golfers, Augusta is a second home, making the tournament one of the most anticipated tournament of the year.
Outside of the U.S. Women’s Open and the Masters, another premier women’s golf event is the Women’s International Golf Classic. Unlike the majors, which rotate players around to play in different events, the WIG eliminates players at each tournament so that it is played in a single rotation, with the same players each time. Each year, several top female players from around the world compete in the event, which is an interesting way to get a variety of different perspectives on the women’s game. Every other major championship does this. So don’t miss out on this one!