Can you feel it? The tingling in your bones, the desire to start stretching those arms and shoulders, cleaning last year’s grass and dirt out of the irons with a golf tee, tightening the spikes…getting everything ready for the start of a new season full of promises of low handicaps and shots legends are made of! Anticipation of playing skins with your golf buddies, rehashing bragging rights during a pint at the clubhouse afterwards. Yes…..it’s alomost here….the warmer temperatures promising to reveal the sea of green that’s been patiently waiting under months of snow. The excitement of the first of the four golf majors coming up in April. Must see TV that sends golfers to the range in droves to get their swing on. Want to schedule tv time for the four most spectacular golf events of 2015? We’ve got you covered. Below are the dates you need to know:
The Masters – April 6th to April 12th
This major is the only one of the four to be played at the same location- Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. It’s held annually on the second Sunday in April. Players are by invite only, generally with fewer than 100 participants each year, usually including players ranked top 50 in the world during the previous year. Anyone who wins a coveted green jacket receives a lifetime invitation to play in The Masters.
Established in 1934, the record holder of most Masters wins belongs to none other than Jack Nicklaus, with six green jackets to his name. Tiger Woods has gained some ground on Jack with four Masters titles under his belt. Last year’s winner was Bubba Watson, with an astounding second win in three years!
U.S. Open – June 15th to June 21st
This year’s US Open will be held at Chambers Bay Golf Club in Washington. It will be the first time in history that this tournament, establised in 1895, will be played in the Pacific Northwest. The US Open is often considered the most difficult tournament of all four, as the courses are set up by the USGA to be extremely challenging. 156 golfers qualify to play each year, and much like The Masters, many are exempt based on certain criteria. Amateur players can dream about playing in the US Open one day, as well, by winning local qualifying tournaments.
The British Open – July 13th to July 19th
The 144th British Open Championship returns to the “Home of Golf” at St Andrews, Scotland. Established in 1860, The Open is the oldest of the majors and is rich in tradition. It’s overseen by the R&A, which is a derivative of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, one of the highest and most repected governing bodies of golf. The Open usually rotates amongst nine courses in Scotland or England and sees 156 players at the beginning of the week. Thick grass, coastal winds and deep bunkers make the Biritsh Open a challenging and exciting tournament, where Rory Mcillroy will defend his championship title this summer.
PGA Championship – August 13th to August 16th
Held by the PGA, this year’s tournament is being held at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin this year. This tournament is comprised of 20 professional instructors, as well as 136 spots for other qualifying players. The PGA Championship is the only of the four majors that does not reserve a certain amount of spots for amateur golfers. The 2014 winner was Rory Mcillroy, who you might recognize from above. Yes, Rory defends two major titles this year, both The British Open and the PGA, which makes sense since he is currently ranked #1 in the World!
So get your PVR’s all juiced up to catch every exciting minute of 2015’s Major action and mark your calendar as “BUSY”. Keep it in the short grass and here’s to your best golf season yet! Please share your best round or score stories with us below!