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The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the "Majors" are the four most prestigious annual golf tournaments in men's professional golf. This article is about the sport of golf. ...


The oldest of the majors is The Open Championship, which is generally known in the United States as "The British Open". The other three majors all take place in the United States. The Masters is played at the same course every year, but the other three all rotate between courses. Each of the majors has a distinct history, and they are run by four different golfing organisations, but they are all recognized as official events of the world's two most prestigious men's tours, the PGA TOUR, and the PGA European Tour. In order of their playing date the majors are: The Champions Belt & The Claret Jug. ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... The PGA TOUR (correctly rendered in all caps) is an organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA which operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour, headquartered in Virginia Water, Surrey, United Kingdom, that is the primary golf tour in Europe. ...

  1. April - The Masters
  2. June - US Open
  3. July - The Open Championship
  4. August - PGA Championship

Alongside the biennial Ryder Cup team competition, the majors are golf's marquee events. Elite players from all over the world participate in them, and the reputations of the greatest male players in golf history are largely based on the number of major victories they accumulate. The top prizes are not actually the largest in golf, being surpassed by the Players Championship and one or two invitational events, but winning a major boosts a player's career far more than winning any other tournament. If he is already a leading player, he will probably receive large bonuses from his sponsors and may be able to negotiate better contracts. If he is an unknown he will immediately be signed up. Perhaps more importantly, he will receive an exemption from the need to annually requalify for a tour card on his home tour. Currently the PGA Tour gives a five year exemption to all major winners, thus giving a tournament golfer some security in an unstable profession. April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... The Masters is one of four Grand Slam golf tournaments. ... June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... The United States Open Golf Tournament is an annual mens golf tournament staged by the United States Golf Association each June. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... The Champions Belt & The Claret Jug. ... August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... The PGA Championship is an annual golf tournament, conducted by the Professional Golfers Association of America as part of the PGA TOUR. The PGA Championship is one of the four tournaments comprising the mens Grand Slam of golf, and it is the golf seasons final major. ... The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event officially called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... The Players Championship can refer to several things: For the Players Championship in snooker, see Players Championship (snooker). ...


In recent years The Players Championship, which takes place two weeks before The Masters, has been begun to be boosted as, "The fifth major" by elements of the media. This has not been publicly encouraged by the golfing authorities, but the tournament does attract much the same strength of field as the majors. In addition, three World Golf Championship events were established in 1999, bringing the total number of events in which virtually all of the world's top few dozen players compete against other every year to eight. THE PLAYERS Championship is a prestigious annual golf tournament for professional male golfers which takes place every March on the PGA TOUR. The event was founded in 1974 as the Tournament Players Championship, played at Sawgrass Country Clubs Oceanside Course (a combination of the East and West 9-hole...


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The Major Championships, often referred to simply as the "Majors", are the four most prestigious annual tournaments in men's professional golf.
The oldest of the majors is The Open Championship, which is often referred to as the "British Open" outside the United Kingdom.
Major championship winners receive the maximum possible allocation of 50 points from the Official World Golf Rankings, which are endorsed by all of the main men's tours, and major championship prize money is official on the three richest regular (ie under-50) golf tours, the PGA TOUR, European Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
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