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Tony Romo Wins American Century Championship; Survives A Sudden Death Playoff

While the reality of multi-sport athletes is ordinary, it’s still exciting to watch one-sport athletes switch it up. This weekend (July 8th-10th), the 33rd annual American Century Championship witnessed various athletes step on a surface they’re rarely seen at– the golf course. But when it was over, Tony Romo emerged victorious, surviving a sudden-death playoff against Dallas Wings defenseman Joe Pavelski and former MLB All-Star pitcher Mark Mulder.

The acclaimed CBS commentator, who’s also a former Pro Bowl quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, is now a three-time winner of this event. And while the rest of the field consisted of other talented part-time golfers– including reigning 4x NBA Champion Stephen Curry, and NFL star quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, and Josh Allen– Romo’s consistency and clutch play were unmatched by his peers as he finished with a score of 62.

But more impressively, the 2022 American Century Championship caught some of the attention of sports fans despite it being a jam-packed weekend– men’s and women’s Wimbledon finals, Yankees vs. Red Sox, the NBA Summer League, and WNBA All-Star Weekend. But with highlights like this, how could you turn away from it?

And what’s an golf outing without Charles Barkley?

Salute to the American Century Championship for hosting another fun event!

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Best Players On The LIV Golf Tour

Competition is good. Healthy competition leads to improvement and spurs the evolution of the games we love. PGA tour commissioner Jay Monahan recently addressed the media for the first time since the LIV has poached some of its biggest names. Monahan was not blunt, stating: “If this is an arms race, and if the only weapons here are dollar bills, the PGA Tour can’t compete.” It’s clear those leaving the PGA tour are not motivated by legacy or the evolution of golf, but by dollar bills. So who are the best players that collected their bag and joined the LIV golf tour?

5.) Bryson DeChambeau
10 Professional Wins: 2020 U.S. Open Champion
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After initially declining an invitation to the LIV golf league, Bryson DeChambeau ultimately would join the league after missing the cut at the Memorial Tournament. DeChambeau has increasingly grown a reputation for budding heads with officials on the tour and taking extended time to tee off. He has won 10 professional tournaments with a single Majors victory since going pro in 2016. One thing that the LIV golf tour gets in Bryson DeChambeau is someone who can absolutely send the ball off the tee. He was the PGA Tours longest driver in 2020 and is looking to translate that talent to the LIV tour.

4.) Brooks Koepka
15 Professional Wins: 2018, 2019 PGA Champion, 2017, 2018 U.S, Open Champion
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Brooks Koepka was a budding star on the PGA tour. He began his professional career in 2012 on the European Challenge Tour. He would win his first PGA tour event in 2015 at the Waste Management Open and then go on the run of a lifetime. He would win the U.S Open championship in back-to-back years, being the first golfer to accomplish the feat in 30 years. Koepka would then defend his PGA Championship in 2018-19, the first person to do so since Tiger Woods. Koepka is the latest golfer to join the LIV tour after vehemently denying he would join the league.

3.) Dustin Johnson
28 Professional Wins: 2020 Masters Champion, 2016 U.S. Open Champion
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Dustin Johnson is one of the most decorated golfers to join the LIV tour. Not only has Johnson won two Majors, but he is the only person to ever win all four of the World Golf Championship events. He’s a two time PGA Tour Player of the Year and won the FedEx cup in 2020. In 2017 Johnson was the world #1 ranked golfer and held that title for over 60 weeks. Johnson committed to joining LIV in early June of 2022.

2.) Sergio García
36 Professional Wins: 2017 Masters Champion
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Sergio García has had an incredible career on the PGA Tour, claiming 11 wins and the 2017 Masters. Those 2017 Masters would be his lone Major victory. García has had some legendary moments on the tour however with a slew of playoff holes on the biggest stage. He won his 2017 Master with a birdie on the first playoff hole. In 2008 he claimed the Players Championship with a par on the first playoff hole. García had been rumored to join the Saudi backed LIV league since 2019. After increased tension between himself and tour officials, Sergio García officially joined LIV in April of 2022.

1.) Phil Mickelson
57 Professional Wins: 2004, 2006, 2010 Masters champion, 2005, 2021 PGA Championship, 2013 Open Championship
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The most decorated player to join the LIV tour to date is without a doubt Phil Mickelson. Mickelson has won nearly 60 professional tournaments, including three green jackets. Mickelson’s career on the tour will be greatly remembered for his epic battles against Tiger Woods on some of the biggest stages. Mickelson did participate in the 2022 U.S. Open, but did not make the cut after finishing 144th out of 156 total participants. It is rumored that Mickelson will be earning upwards of $200 million playing for LIV.

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The Best Golf Podcasts to Stream Now

In the last three years, the entire golf space has skyrocketed. People are playing more than ever before, golf apparel companies are thriving, and golf content has ascended in popularity. With that being said, golf fans are looking to find a podcast that will educate them, make ‘em laugh, and talk about the great game. There are hundreds of great content creators in golf, so if I missed one of your favorites—forgive me! But here is a list of my favorite golf content creators and some of the best golf podcasts you can listen to right now.

11) Honorable Mentions

In the number 11 spot, I would like to use this opening for some honorable mentions that may not qualify for the Top-10. 

James Jordan Golf 

I do not know what it is with James, but I am obsessed with his instructional content. I am not an avid obsessor of the mechanics in a golf swing. I enjoy the feel and mojo of a round. But James has dialed in his teaching in a very fun, unique way. I look forward to the day where my income is a little more stable and I can give this man a call to fix this swing. 

His ability to work with kids is next level. He has become one of the best coaches for kids trying to play college golf. If you are trying to get better at the game, he unloads instructional content to your feed for free. If you want to dive deeper, you can buy his book, “The Plan.”

Mulligan Plus 3 Putt 

No, this is not a podcast or long form creator. Sue me. I don’t know who this guy is. I almost want to keep it that way. But wow, has he just figured out Tik Tok. 

Most of the content coming from Mulligan Plus 3 Putt is quick, short form content. If you are casually looking for some relatable golf shots, this is the guy.

BustaJack

Good, clean, competitive, wholesome fun. With the unmistakable southern accent, “BustaJack” is one of the more soothing and calming presences in the golf content space. This duo has got some serious game, but also embrace the mistakes that occur in a competitive setting.

No Laying Up

When mentioning golf podcasts, creators and communities – it wouldn’t be a full list without No Laying Up.

They are as well oiled of a machine as you will see. This is for golf DIE-HARDS. They preview and analyze every tournament. The youtube page is fantastic. The Beluga and Soly do a great job hosting the podcast and recap weekends.

I love the golf. Truly. And if you do too, then there is a great shot that No Laying Up might be the community for you.

You can listen to the podcast here:

10) Mark Crossfield

Mark Crossfield is the host of the “Hack it Out” podcast and has been one of the longer standing members in the golf content community. This selection is a bit of a throwback for me, but if you have been consuming golf content long enough then you know who this is.

This is a true and true, a golf purist’s dream. Crossfield brings it with every piece of content that he puts out.

You can listen to Mark’s podcast, Hack it Out,” here:

9) The First Cut Podcast

CBSSports has really done a remarkable job with its golf coverage. Obviously it helps to have the IP rights and copyright freedom when it comes to The Masters, but even beyond that, they have some of the best work around.

The First Cut podcast is a great example of that. The voices include Kyle Porter, Rick Gehman, and occasionally – Jonathan Coachman. This show lines up with a more traditional coverage of the sport, but it is quality golf discussion.

Here is where you can listen to “The First Cut”:

8) Tour Junkies

Not everyone loves to gamble… but in the golf world, they do.

So when golfers want some good betting content, this is where I send them. The Tour Junkies have a partnership with DraftKings, which is always a plus for me.

It feels like with each and every month, this podcast has found a way to step up its game. If you are watching a majority of the PGA Tour events, I suggest giving these guys a listen! They have one of the best golf podcasts around.

Be sure to listen to the “Tour Junkies” before the next big tournament!

7) Manolo Teaches Golf

This feels like when Shaq was listed as one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players in only his fourth season in the NBA. In about 365 days, Manolo has become one of the most iconic voices and faces in the game of golf.

Yes, he is funny as any creator you will find. That’s a no brainer.

But where I think Manolo really separates himself is that he is able to make connections from other sports, to help consumers translate those skills into the great game. In addition, Manolo does an incredible job of just explaining the ettique and rules of the sometimes confusing game.

He hasn’t dabbled as much into long form content, but when he does, I have no doubt it will be glorious.

6) Danny Maude

I’m afraid that my list will favor creators who place more emphasis on video content, but I think that makes sense. It is hard for me to consume golf content without envisioning myself hitting the same shot or mimicking a swing.

Danny Maude is one of the first names you will see when you enter the golf video rabbit hole. And it is for good reason. His videos break down different situations on the course, while also providing a lot of free instructional content. Can’t ask for much more than that.

5) Golf Sidekick

Stress. Free. Golf.

For Golf Sidekick that is the name of the game. Golf is a hard enough as it is… why do we like to make it harder?

I’d imagine that some people won’t find his content to be as detail oriented as some other great teachers like George Gankas. But I find his work to be just as helpful, and perhaps, a little bit easier to consume for the average Joe.

Golf Sidekick produces some incredible full-round video content. He is able to break down club choices, shot decisions, and provides easy ways to chop strokes off of your final score.

Undeniably, one of the golf creators that has helped my game the most.

4) Garret Clark, GM Golf, Good Good

It probably helps when you have the most viral, insane moment in the history of golf recorded for your Youtube channel. 

This group of guys really mastered the youtube platform. When the golf content boom happened, this was the first group to really rise to the top. Obviously this is a very entertaining bunch, but they also have some real players. 

One of the things I appreciate about these groups is the diversity in backgrounds. Garret Glark is the leader. He was the one who exploded onto the scene first with his incredible trick shots. You also have the ex-collegiate golfers like Grant Horvat. But in addition, there are members who come from other sports and are just great athletes who are trying to make that adjustment into golf. Seeing these golfers interact feels very welcoming.

What Garret has built is special. He is a young kid, but don’t let that fool you. There is a maturity and authenticity that is palpable in his content.

Check out their podcast here:

3) Rick Sheils

Rick Sheils is probably a founding father when it comes to the golf content game. He’s been at this thing for quite some time and if you have ever gone down a golf rabbit hole on youtube, then you have seen his face and heard his voice. 

When I’m watching Sportscenter with my Dad, during commercials, I hear Rick’s voice come from my Dad’s phone. Rick has collaborated now with the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, but his video library is outrageous. If you are looking for a golf creator to enjoy, do not look any further than right here.

On any given day, or any given moment, Rick has a claim to the best golf podcast in the game.

Take a listen to the Rick Shiels Golf Show here:

2) Fore Play Podcast

This podcast and team has grinded over the last 1000 days to consistently put out quality content. There is no doubt that some people won’t find this content to be their cup of tea, but that is OK. Truth be told though, their access is better than any of their competitors. The crew includes the leader “Riggs,” Frankie, Trent, and Lurch. Each of them brings a different perspective and level of experience. 

The podcast took a massive leap when they became official TaylorMade sponsored golfers (that still feels weird to say). Now, they frequently collaborate with the biggest names in golf, bringing that Barstool flare to the interviews and shenanigans. Even if you aren’t a fan of the Barstool vibe, I think Fore Play does a good job of balancing the rowdy banter and genuine excitement. Because of their relationships in the PGA, there is a some level of seriousness that these guys have to keep. 

I think this crew sometimes gets a bad reputation. If they say they are scratch golfers, people would say BS. If they claim to be 20 handicaps, people would say they are sandbagging.

Either way, these guys bring it. Every week, these group provides some of the best golf content in the game. A list of the best golf podcasts would be inaccurate if Fore Play was not included.

1) Robby Berger, Bob Does Sports, Brilliantly Dumb

His name may not ring a bell, but if you spend any time on social media – you know who this guy is.

He’s the man who heckles golfers, but in a very polite manner?

How about the time he ate 18 hot dogs with his pal and frequent collaborator, Joey Cold Cuts?

Let us not forget the time “Bobby Fairways” told Cold Cuts that they would be playing the infamous Torrey Pines… only to take him to the worst rated golf course in California?

Jokes aside, Robby Berger has made some incredible golf content in recent memory. His podcast, The Brilliantly Dumb Show, will veery of the path of golf content. But Bob Does Sports has undeniably become my favorite way to consume golf content. This is probably the most casual golf content you will see on this list, but it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

I also imagine, with time, that Berger will be able to rise the ranks and do big-time partnerships. Much like the way Fore Play has. The show already has welcomed Beau Hossler onto the channel.

If you don’t watch Bob Does Sports, you are missing out on some great laughs. To me, he belongs on any list of the best golf podcasts.

For some more shenanigans, check out the Brilliantly Dumb Show here:

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Who is the Best Golfer to Never Win a Major?

Even as golf’s culture has changed, the four Majors maintain an especially prominent spot in the zeitgeist. The Masters, The Open, the US Open and the PGA Championship are the sport’s four tentpole events. Together, these tournaments create the indelible moments that even non-golf fans remember. While the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods cemented their respective legacies with huge performances at the Majors, the vast majority of golfers never get to slip on the green jacket or lift the Claret Jug. Here is a list of the players with an argument to be the best golfer to never win a Major. 

1. Lee Westwood
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More than any other golfer, Westwood is the reason that this article exists. During his career, Westwood has won just about everything a professional golfer can achieve. Across four decades, he won 44 professional tournaments. He was the #1 ranked golfer in the world for six months and won three European Tour Golfer of the Year awards. In total, he made nearly $24 million in career earnings. Still, despite 19 top-ten and 12 top-five finishes at Majors, Westwood has never been able to capture a Major title. At 48 years-old, he seems fated to end his career with the ignominious title as the best golfer to never win a major.

2. Rickie Fowler
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There are very few golfers who are more popular than Rickie Fowler—a Morning Consult poll has him as the 7th most popular guy on the whole PGA. In fact, he has arguably the greatest delta between his personal level of renown and his professional success. Additionally, his flashy style and legendary amatuer career, Fowler has been one of golf’s biggest stars practically from the moment he joined the PGA. To be sure, he’s had a hugely lucrative and celebrated career—nine career titles, $40 million in career earnings, a peak in the top five—but he’s never captured the ultimate prize, putting him in contention to be the best golfer to never win a major.

3. Matt Kuchar
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Matt Kuchar could be the best golfer to never win a major on the tour today. With over $50 million in prize money, Kuchar is certainly the highest earner to never win a major. Furthermore, the 43 year-old Amerian’s best showing at a major was at the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in Scotland, where he finished three strokes behind winner Jordan Spieth. While Kuchar has never won a major, he won The Players Championship in 2012, which is considered a de facto fifth major and offers the highest purse of any tournament. 

4. Luke Donald
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Alongside Lee Westwood, Donald is one of only two golfers to achieve the world #1 ranking without ever winning a major. In 2011, Donald was undeniably the best golfer in the world, even as he wasn’t able to take home any of the biggest trophies. In 2011, Donald won the PGA Tour Player of the Year, the European Tour Golfer of the Year and rose to the top of the rankings on May 29th, 2011, a perch that he would maintain for the next 56 weeks. As such, outside of his five top-five finishes at majors, Donald’s biggest career results include a victory at the 2011 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Sadly, injuries have derailed his career and the Englishman hasn’t seriously contended for a Major since 2013.

5. Macdonald Smith
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One of the earliest stars on the PGA Tour, Macdonald Smith competed from 1912-1936. As a member of a famous Scottish golfing family, Smith was the youngest of three brothers and the only member of the trio to not win a US Open (Willie Smith won in 1899 and Alex Smith won in 1906 and 1910). Cruelly, Alex Smith’s 1910 US Open title came at the expense of Macdonald; Alex outdueled his brother in a three-man playoff to secure the title. During his 25 year career, Macdonald Smith won 25 PGA events, the most of any non-Major winner and giving him a case to be the best golfer to never win a Major.

6. Xander Schauffele
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Most of the other members of this list are either long retired or nearing the end of their career. Conversely, the 28 year old Schauffele is still ascendant, not even five full years into his pro golf career. In 2017, Schauffele was the PGA Rookie of the Year after winning the Greenbrier Classic and the Tour Championship. Seemingly on the precipice of getting off this list, Schauffele has finished in the top 10 in six of the last 12 majors, including runner-up finishes at the 2018 Open Championship and 2019 Masters. 

7. Tony Finau
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Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, Finau only has two PGA wins of any kind. From 2018 to 2021, Finau finished in the top 10 at nine of the 15 Majors over that time span. Similarly, he’s been a mainstay at the top of the rankings, peaking at ninth in 2018. Although it’s disappointing that the 32 year old Utahan has never broken through at the highest level, pity him not. Finau has made over $26 million, with the bulk of that coming within the last four years. 

8. Colin Montgomerie
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One of the most decorated European Tour players, Montgomerie never quite translated that success to PGA Tour events; his 75 starts at Majors without a trophy are the third most of all time behind Westwood and Jay Haas. A five-time runner-up at Majors, Montgomerie came closest to winning the 1994 US Open and 1995 PGA Championships. Both years, though, both of which he lost in a sudden-death playoff. Over the course of his accomplished career, Montgomerie spent 374 consecutive weeks in the top 10 from 1994-2001. What’s more, he won the European Tour Order of Merit a record eight times and was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. 

9. Masashi Ozaki
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Arguably the greatest Japanese player ever, Ozaki won 94 tournaments on the Japan Golf Tour, 43 more than the next closest golfer. From 1989-1998, the hard-hitting “Jumbo” Ozaki was in the top ten of the Global Golf Rankings for nearly 200 weeks. Despite his massive success in Japan, Ozaki curiously never came particularly close to winning a Major. As a result, Ozaki’s case to be the best golfer to never win a major is hurt by the fact that he only amassed three top 10 finishes in the 49 Majors he played in. 

10. Steve Stricker
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Stricker sat in the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 10 for over 250 weeks in the 2000s and 2010s. In 2009, he peaked at a career-high #2 in the world. Moreover, he won 12 PGA events spanning from the Kemper Open in 1996 to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in 2012. Most notably, Stricker is one of the best FedEx Cup playoffs performers. Boasting the nickname “Mr. September,” Stricker has never finished outside of the top 25 in the FedEx Cup in his career. To wit, he’s an important member of the US team in the Ryder Cup. For the 2021 iteration of the competition, Stricker captained the American squad to a win. 

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Golf is Changing, According to Steve Malbon

Steve Malbon has seen this all before. 

As the head of Malbon Golf, one of the more forward-thinking golf apparel companies, Malbon has a keen eye on the landscape of the growing sport. But perhaps more interestingly, he is taking notice of the shifting tone of golf.

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Dude, this is just like skiers and snowboarders in the 80’s and 90’s. There is no difference between now and then.

Malbon suspects that is happening with golf. Over the last two decades, the tone of golf has changed. Yes, a good portion of golf is still dedicated to the upper-class country club members (skiers). There is an expectation of rules to be enforced amongst this demographic of golfers. They frown upon the usage of speakers on the golf course.

That is all changing. Just as it did with skiers and snowboarders.

Skiiers wanted their culture to stay the same. Snowboarders had other ideas, and now three decades later, you see the blend of both of them in snow mountain culture.

And when Covid hit, the change in culture BOOMED.

“Dude, golf is so hard.”

Amen, Steve. Amen.

“Too many people focus on their score at the end of the round. They spend the entirety of their 18 holes, just like bitching about their scores. I always just tell people to try and hit as many ‘good’ golf shots as they can. THAT is how to play. Instead of counting up scores at the end of the round, just count up how many good golf shots you had.”

But Malbon’s ability to see into the future of golf doesn’t end with fashion. He sees the ever-changing culture of the sport to also benefit from the expanding wonders of Web 3.0 and NFTs. 

As I wrote those few little letters, “NFTs,” I could hear the eye rolls of all of the readers. 

But hopefully, some of you who may not be as familiar with NFTs use this opportunity as a chance to learn something. Because the usage of NFTs in golf is one of the most simplistic ways of understanding the technology. 

Malbon started the Buckets Club, an NFT group focused on the wonderful game of golf. Members of this club (AKA holders of this NFT) are given access to group tournaments throughout the year, that feature cool sponsors and wicked parties. 

During Super Bowl Weekend, the group had its first members-only tournament in Arizona. From the looks of it, the Bucket Club had a riot.

The group then had their second members-only tournament the day before Coachella in California. Which featured the likes of Chandler Parsons, JR Smith, Victor Cruz, and others.

I don’t have a ton of money to be diving into the world of NFTs. But how can you not be excited about joining something like this?

Speakers playing music, joints being passed around, flavorful apparel, and a killer day on the course… yeah, sign me up. I think this is dope.

Most of the conversation I had with Malbon was very casual. But we saw eye to eye on a lot of different topics and trends as they pertain to golf.

“Yeah, man. You get it. You see it. When you go to the golf course now, things are different. People are dressing differently. They are acting differently. The game of golf needs to realize this and adapt.”

The game is changing. It has certainly grown. Steve is excited about those things happening.

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When Will Tiger Woods Return To The PGA Tour?

As 2021 comes to a close, it’s natural to turn your attention to what 2022 could hold. For the sports world, Tiger Woods’s potential return will be a major story-line. Since Woods competed in the PNC Championship last weekend (his first tournament since he broke his right leg in multiple places in a serious car crash last February), fans have wondered if and when we’ll see the 15-time Majors champ compete again on the PGA Tour.

“I’m not at that level,” Woods said when discussing the timetable for his potential return. “It’s going to take a lot of work to get to where I feel like I can compete and be at a high level.”

While Woods had his positive moments at the PNC Championship, especially with his short game, he was clearly hampered by the lingering effects of his injuries; he notably struggled with walking the course for prolonged periods and his drives off the tee were shorter than usual.

But even with Woods’ talk about not “rushing” back to action, does that mean we should rule him out for 2022? No. There’s a great chance he’ll never again be an every tournament kind of player, but at this point of his career, Woods shouldn’t be. At this point, the only thing that Woods has yet to achieve is finally surpassing Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 Majors titles. And the good news for Woods is that there are ample opportunities for him to catch Niklaus, given that there are four Majors each year.

When considering his physical condition and how he performed at the PNC Championship, Woods could return to action at some point next summer, presumably at either the US Open in June or the Open Championship in July. By then, he will have roughly 18 months to recover from last February’s car crash, which is in-line with how long it usually takes athletes to rehab from serious injuries. At this rate, it might be a surprise it Woods doesn’t compete next year.

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An Inside Look at the 4 Major Golf Tournaments

One of the greatest dynamics of golf is the ever-changing scenery, style, and format of its four championships. The Masters, The PGA Championship, The US Open, and The Open Championship all have distinct qualities that give each tournament a sense of identity.

So allow us to run through each tournament and provide some context for what makes each tournament so special.

The Masters

It is a tradition unlike any other. 

When: April

Where: Augusta, Georgia

Every Spring, golf fanatics come together to rejoice at the start of their sacred season. Sure, in places like California, Arizona, and Florida, you get the chance to play year-round. But for the seasonal, weekend warriors from the other parts of the country… The Masters signifies golf season being upon them. 

Since 1934, The Masters has been a staple to the golf community. It doesn’t have the longevity of the other majors, but it has undeniably become THE premier golf tournament. 

When you talk about The Masters you have to discuss Augusta, Georgia. The fresh green scenery makes for one of the most beautiful golf courses in existence, but it also makes the course incredibly distinguishable. “Amen’s Corner” consists of holes 11, 12, and 13, and are the featured holes in most of the tournament’s broadcasts. 

All of the greats have captured wins at The Masters. Tiger Woods has worn the famous green jacket (passed down from the previous year’s winner to the new winner) on five different occasions. Phil Mickelson has donned the jacket three times, along with Gary Player, Arnold Palmer, and Nick Faldo. Jack Nicklaus holds the record for the most wins at The Masters, winning the tournament SIX times, most famously in 1986 when he won the tournament at the age of 46 years old. 

The tournament’s most recent winner, Hideki Matsuyama, brought home a sweet two million dollar grand prize in 2021, while runner-up Will Zalatoris collected almost $1.5 million. 

Without The Masters, there is no PGA. It is hard to imagine a day when The Masters won’t be one of the 10 biggest sporting events of the year. 

The PGA Championship

When: May

Where: Alternates

Since 1916, the PGA Championship has served as one of the four biggest weekends in golf. For almost all of its existence the tournament was hosted during the later parts of the summer, however, that has since changed in recent years and is now slated for the month of May. 

It feels a bit harsh, but currently, the PGA Championship is probably the least hyped tournament amongst the four majors. However, in the last decade, the tournament has supplied some of the bigger moments in golf. 

In 2021, Phil Mickelson delivered one of the more iconic performances in the history of sports when he came in first place at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort at the age of 50 YEARS OLD. He is the oldest player ever to win a major. 

Notably, Brooks Keopka won the tournament in back-to-back years in 2018 and 2019. Tiger Woods has won the PGA Championship four different times, while Jack Nicklaus has won the tournament a staggering five times. He is tied with Walter Hagen for the most wins in the history of the tournament, however, Hagen’s wins did come from a match play ruleset. 

Mickelson reeled in $2.1 million for his win in 2021. Not too shabby of a pay day.

The US Open

When: Father’s Day Weekend, June 

Where: Alternates 

The US Open is widely considered to be the most “difficult” of the four majors. The tournament was founded in 1895 and has the highest earnings total amongst the majors. The US Open takes place on every Father’s Day weekend in June and is one of the great traditions in the sport’s culture. 

Although the tournament alternates venues every year, it is always designed to play as difficult as possible. The putting greens are trimmed to be wicked fast. The tee boxes are always set up to play incredibly long. And the rough is left to be as unforgiving as possible. 

In recent times, the tournament has become synonymous with the best golf courses in the United States. Places like Torrey Pines, Pinehurst, Pebble Beach, Bethpage Black, Erin Hills, and Shinnecock Hills have all been played on numerous occasions in the last two decades. 

Like the PGA Championship, Brooks Keopka won the US Open in back-to-back years in 2017 and 2018. Tiger Woods has three victories at the US Open, most infamously in 2008 at Torrey Pines. Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan both walked away from the sport with four total tournament wins. Jon Rahm was rewarded for his 2021 win with a $2.5 million pot. 

The Open Championship

When: July 

Where: Alternates in the United Kingdom 

The Open is golf’s most storied weekend. Since 1860, this tournament has resembled how global of a game golf can be. 

Identifiable by its “links-style” course structure, The Open Championship is oddly unique in its gameplay. Rotating through a small number of courses, including the notorious St. Andrews, The Open normally consists of high winds, light rain, and limited elevation changes. Only 14 courses have ever been used as the host location and only 10 are in use today. 

The course is also commonly associated with some of the most difficult sand bunker shots in the sport. Steep, high walls surround sand traps, making for some entertaining shots around the green. Due to the high winds, it is not unusual to see players that use lower ball flights on their striking finding more success. 

Collin Morikawa won the tournament in 2021 and collected $2 million for his play. The tournament has a tendency to have repeat winners like Old Tom Morris, Young Tom Morris, Willie Park Sr., and Walter Hagen, who all won on four separate occasions. James Braid, Peter Thomson, Tom Watson, and John Henry Taylor won the tournament five times. However, Harry Vardon holds the record for the most tournament wins with six.