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The Most Prestigious Golf Tournaments in the World

The finest golfers in the world compete in championship golf tournaments, which naturally draw the biggest audiences. For golf enthusiasts, watching the majors is a must. For those participating in or even lucky enough to win one, it is a matter of prestige.
The four major tournaments in golf are regarded as the sport's most prestigious competitions. It's noteworthy that winning a major doesn't ensure claiming the largest winner’s cheque in golf, however they are still the most cherished and chased.

Masters Tournament 

This is arguably the most famous golf tournament in the World and it takes place in the United States at Augusta National. Held during the first week of April each year, it is only one of a few significant events held on the same course each year.
Jack Nicklaus holds the record for the most tournament victories at Augusta with six wins. Tiger Woods has won five times and Arnold Palmer four.
Just a couple of years ago Phil Mickleson won his third green jacket to become the oldest major winner at 50 years of age.


The US Open

The US Open is possibly most famous for having the toughest set up and difficulty level of any major each year. The United States Golf Association hosts the Open in mid-June, which is usually around Father's Day.
This event has a full field of 156 players, with around half of these being seasoned players who are exempt from qualifying.
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PGA Championship

The US PGA Championship is one of the four majors and it carries significant prize money each year.
The PGA has been won by many of the world’s best golfers, however it is also renowned for long shots and lesser known players breaking their major drought.
The tournament is contested on a variety of golf courses frequently taking place in the middle of August.
The winner of the PGA automatically qualifies for the other three majors for a five-year period and a lifetime access to every PGA Championship, so winning the event comes with much more than a big pay day! A five-year invitation to the Players Championship is awarded and the Players is the richest PGA Tournament in the World.

British Open

This is the only major golf tournament played outside of the US, played in the UK each year on a rota of ten courses in Scotland, England and Ireland. In 1860, the first Open championship was played in Scotland at Prestwick.
The competition is held on the third week of July. Prize money is paid in sterling pounds and it’s a significant purse indeed!
Harry Vardon won the event a record 6 times between 1896 and 1914. Australia’s Peter Thomson won the event 5 times, USA’s Tom Watson four – the most by an American. Tiger Woods has won three Open Championships. The most recent Open Championship in 2022 – the 150th running of the event - was won by Australia’s Cameron Smith.


Golf’s four majors are the most sought after trophies in World Golf. The US Open and The Open allows for anyone to qualify via qualifying tournaments each year and even gaining a start in one is a great achievement. Winning one guarantees fame. However for most of us, just watching one live is a thrill.